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League Officially Announces Expansion, NHL Coming To Las Vegas!

The moment we’ve been waiting for is finally here! NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has announced the league is expanding to Las Vegas.

The Las Vegas franchise owned by The Creator, Bill Foley, will become the 31st franchise in the NHL and will begin play in 2017-18 in the Western Conference.

They will play their games at the brand new T-Mobile Arena located in between New York New York and Monte Carlo on the South end of the iconic Las Vegas Strip. The team will become the first professional sports franchise in the history of Las Vegas.

Expansion talks involving Las Vegas date as far back as 2007, but the current ownership group first began its push for a team in 2014. The NHL gave The Creator the go-ahead to launch a ticket drive on February 10th of last year. That ticket drive hit the 10,000 seat goal within a few months and currently sits just north of 14,000.

The Creator formally submitted an application for expansion on June 20th and less than a year later and no fewer than 5,000 mentions of “the process,” Las Vegas finally has its first major professional sports franchise.

A team name contest is expected to be held shortly (#VoteRatPack) and the team colors are expected to be black, gold and grey.

Today is a monumental day in the history of Las Vegas and all the credit goes to one man, The Creator, Bill Foley. On behalf of myself, Dana, Jason, and the entire family, we would like to say Thank You. Now it’s time to bring the Stanley Cup to Vegas!!!

Quotes coming soon. First, we party!

Why Has Vegas Never Been Awarded A Professional Franchise Before?

It’s an age old question that tends to come up in any discussion about the validity of Las Vegas as a professional sports market. If Vegas is really a great place for a franchise, why has no league ever gone there before?

The answer is quite simple, but there are a few moving parts to examine to truly uncover it.

Let’s start with the city itself. Las Vegas was founded in 1905 and incorporated (I have no clue what this actually means) in 1911. In 1931 the state of Nevada legalized gambling and the Hoover Dam began construction. Construction workers from the Dam moved into Las Vegas and eventually, after the Dam’s completion, massive casinos went up in the city.

By the mid 60’s casinos became the cornerstones of the city and Las Vegas began it’s reign as the gambling mecca of the world. However, the local population still remained incredibly small. In 1970 the population of the Las Vegas metropolitan area, which includes Henderson, Boulder City, Mesquite, North Las Vegas, and unincorporated Clark County was just 273,000. By 1980 it had risen to 461,000 and in 2000 the total population was 1.4 million.

Despite what uneducated morons who simply Google “Las Vegas Population” may tell you, the current population of the Las Vegas metro area is just north of 2.1 million.

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The Creator Will Not Be At The All Star Game In Nashville

With the special meeting on expansion scheduled for Wednesday of next week (January 20th) there’s been heavily speculation that an expansion announcement could come at the All Star Weekend in Nashville on January 30th and 31st.

However, the probability of that being the case appears to be diminishing with each piece of news published. The latest, from Steve Carp at the RJ may be the most damning for the possibility of an announcement in January.

Bill Foley, the billionaire businessman who is heading Las Vegas’ bid, said he is aware of the meeting but will not be attending. Foley also said he is not planning to attend the NHL’s All-Star Weekend in Nashville, Tenn., at the end of the month. – Steve Carp, LVRJ

It’s highly unlikely the league makes an expansion announcement without The Creator standing right next to Gary Bettman when it’s done. Of course, things could change between now and the 30th, but if it’s not in his plans to be there, the chances of an announcement are slim to none.

As I speculated on the most recent podcast, there’s really only one way the special meeting Wednesday could lead to Las Vegas being awarded a team a week later. That scenario would be if there’s an overwhelming majority ready to vote “yes” and the league feels as if there’s no purpose wasting any more time.

Based on what we’ve seen thus far in the process though, there’s a better chance they redraw the Powerball numbers so one of us wins rather than these losers.

Anything’s possible, but January is growing less and less likely by the minute.

The Creator Named A Top Hockey Person of 2015

As part of a year in review series looking back at the year that was in the NHL, our favorite Wyshynski, Greg Wyshynski, released his list of the Top 10 Hockey People of 2015. The list is a look at the ten most influential people off the ice this year in hockey. Coming in at #6, there’s a very familiar face to us here at

The billionaire had guided Las Vegas to the precipice of landing an NHL expansion team by doing some heavy lifting: Convincing the Board of Governors that Vegas won’t be a mistake in the desert. That included the 14,000 season ticket deposits he landed without having to tap the rich vein of the casino industry. – Greg Wyshynski

We’ll take it, but number six? Shouldn’t one of the greatest men in the history of the planet be number one?

Alright fine, Dan Carrillo, Dani Rylan, and Bryan Murray are all pretty good candidates.

Maybe next year when Gary Bettman and the NHL finally make the announcement, The Creator will take his rightful spot atop the list, like he should be on any Top 10 list about anything.

Vegas, at the moment, seems like a safe bet for an NHL team. And when the Black Knights hit the ice, Foley’s the reason they’re there.

Giddy up! But we really do still prefer Rat Pack.

Doesn’t Have To Be A Local To Embody The Local’s Spirit

Las Vegas is Sin City. The place where people go to let our their inhibitions. Drink too much, smoke too much, gamble too much, sleep with too many people, (can I say that?), and just flat out be okay with making poor decisions. It’s great. It’s really the reason why this city exists.

Many people who live in Las Vegas were drawn to the city because of this. However, many also were not. But there is one thing every person who lives in Las Vegas has in common. We actually live in Las Vegas.

Because of the constant questions, Do you gamble a lot? (Yes) Do they have schools there? (Yes, but they are subpar) Do you go to the strip clubs? (All the time Occasionally Rarely) we all tend to have this same rebellious spirit. We do live here, and most of us make a pretty nice living either serving idiots like you asking these questions or by serving each other (LIKE EVERY OTHER CITY EVERYWHERE!)

C’mon locals, tell me that’s not you.

So. Let’s bring this back to hockey.

If When we do indeed get a franchise, the face of the franchise (most likely the coach) must portray this same spirit. We need someone who is lovable…to us, but not to everyone else. We need someone who isn’t afraid to tell it like it is. Because that’s what Vegas is. We are blunt, sarcastic, to the point, and most importantly intelligent.

The greatest coach in Las Vegas history was an outlaw. He stared the rules right in the face and said, “to hell with it, I’m doing it my way” (Not sure if he ever actually said that, but you get my point.)

This franchise is going to be in the headlines, because let’s face it, it’s all we’ve got. But if the team chooses a coach (or GM who speaks a lot) who says things that embody the spirit of the city, he’s much more likely to gain real supporters, not just the fringe fans.

The first name that comes to mind is John Tortorella. The man is a quote waiting to happen, and he’s not afraid to say what he means. He’d come to Vegas and you’d think he’s lived here his whole life within two weeks. Other ideas are people like Mike Yeo, Barry Melrose, maybe even somebody like Joel Quenville. (Someone like these people, not actually these people…except for Torts.)

What’s great about people from Vegas is that no one is originally from here, so we all instantly welcome you as one of our own.

It doesn’t have to be a big name coach. It doesn’t have to be someone even the biggest hockey fans have ever heard of. But it does have to be someone who embodies Vegas. The Creator has done a great job so far, but he’s got to disappear somewhat when the franchise becomes a reality. It’s someone else job.

And that guy has to love it here.

If he does, you bet we’ll love having him here.

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