Las Vegas has landed an expansion NHL hockey team, a commitment to relocate from a NFL team, and just recently announced the purchase of a professional women’s basketball team. Count on the Sin City to make things a little more interesting.
— MGM Resorts (@MGMResortsIntl) October 17, 2017
Las Vegas seems to be stepping up from the gambling capital to covering all the facets and trying to be the entertainment capitol of the world. After ownership of the WNBA’s San Antonio Stars expressed interest in selling the team, MGM Resorts of Las Vegas has agreed to purchase the Stars and bring them to Las Vegas.
Now, I’ve only been a resident of Las Vegas for a little over a year, but I’ve witnessed three professional sports teams relocate here. This is normally a city whose loyalties tend to lie with the best bet and highest payout,now Vegas has its own home teams to cheer on and support beyond the sports book.
“Las Vegas has been on our radar screen for some time,”- WNBA President Lisa Borders
Detroit Pistons bulldog and former New York Liberty coach, Bill Liambeer will serve as head coach and General Manager of the WNBA team in Vegas. Home games will be played at the Mandalay Bay Events Center beginning as soon as next season. This is the first professional basketball franchise in the city of Las Vegas.
Originally established for the WNBA’s inaugural season in Salt Lake City, the Stars franchise moved to San Antonio prior to the 2003 season.
The Birth of Las Vegas Sports
Sports in Las Vegas have always been a tricky situation because of the betting scene, but in recent years, it has transformed into a premiere landing spot for professional teams.
The Las Vegas Golden Knights was the first team to get the “puck moving” with their unanimous approval for expansion in June 2016 (and have truly made this their home). In less than a year later, the NFL approved the relocation of the Oakland Raiders. Fast forward to today, we are now adding a professional basketball team to the mix.
Will this bring the NBA?
As a child of the NBA, the WNBA in Vegas raises questions as to when or if the NBA would make that move and set up shop in the City of Sin. WNBA president Lisa Borders wasn’t sure and immediately directed that pressure to Commissioner Adam Silver. “You know you’ll have to ask Adam (Silver) about that,” Borders said. “The WNBA is part of the NBA enterprise and portfolio.”
One thing we can guarantee that will make its way to Las Vegas, more traffic.