MLS commissioner seems keen to take a closer look at Las Vegas as a potential market – Sports Talk Florida
Long live Las Vegas!
Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber is intrigued by Las Vegas. The league is apparently looking to replace the Sacramento expansion franchise that was slated to start playing in 2023 and Las Vegas is now a contender. The league realized there was no White Knight ready to save the franchise after Ron Burkle, the company’s main funder, withdrew his money and support for the franchise. Las Vegas which is a very small market with limited financial means but Garber is interested in the region. Las Vegas is now taking on Major League Baseball with the continuation of the Oakland Athletics franchise. Wes Edens, co-owner of the National Basketball Association’s Milwaukee Bucks, and Bill Foley, owner of the National Hockey League’s Vegas Golden Knights, are separately pursuing an expansion franchise. In addition, there is a third group that wants a team. Garber said, “This market continues to explode from a population growth perspective. We have certainly seen the success of Knights and great events. We tested a few events with the Gold Cup final. The League Cup final will be there. The Gold Cup final sold out within minutes. Las Vegas is an interesting market.
In 2017, the owners of MLS decided to add four teams to their squad. The expansion process has been slow and has encountered some obstacles. The league has sparked interest from 12 cities, likely with owners who could foot the bill for a team. The hope was to award two expansion franchises by the end of 2017 and two more in 2018. The expansion process did not go as planned and only three cities Austin, Cincinnati and Nashville had the right ones. things to get the # 25, # 26 and # 27 teams. St. Louis and Sacramento got the # 28 and # 29 franchises. Charlotte was allocated slot # 30. Major League Soccer wants 30 teams, finding the # 30 has been a problem.
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