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New Las Vegas Arena To Be Heavy On Suites; NHL Expansion A Fit For Sin City?
Published June 3, 2014
THE GOOD OLD HOCKEY GAME: ESPN.com’s Craig Custance wrote of potential NHL expansion, “Vegas will certainly be in consideration, but an examination of the market suggests there are much bigger risks involved with putting a team in Las Vegas than there are with Seattle. Even if the NHL becomes the first major professional sport in town.” There is “no doubt that the casinos could help pump up season-ticket sales for a Las Vegas NHL team, but that’s not necessarily good for the league.” Custance: “The last thing you want is for the Las Vegas franchise to turn into the Washington Generals, with visiting tourists just rooting for the opposing team every night.” If the city is “ever going to land an NHL team, it’s going to be because the league has been convinced that the demographics show that the local fan base is strong enough for season tickets to be sold to residents and fans of the team, not the casinos” (ESPN.com, 5/30).