Las Vegas Closer To Receiving a NHL Hockey FranchisePublished on February 12th, 2015 7:16 pm EST
According to reports, the group involved in bringing a NHL (National Hockey League) franchise to Las Vegas is already more than halfway to their goal of reaching 10,000 ticket commitments.
One of the people that is trying his hardest to bring the NHL to Las Vegas is Daniel Negreanu. Negreanu, who believes that Las Vegas is "starving" for a professional sports franchise, is part of the group's "Las Vegas Founding 75". This group contains a number of well-known members who are using their influence in order to bring the dream of a NHL franchise in Las Vegas closer to reality.
Daniel Negreanu, for instance, has been very active in the media over the past couple of weeks, extolling the virtues of the NHL in Las Vegas. This is a particularly crucial time for the potential ownership group, which is headed by Bill Foley and the Maloof brothers, as they are trying to secure commitments for 10,000 ticket packages. While the NHL has not granted Las Vegas a franchise as of yet, gaining commitments for at least 10,000 tickets would go a long ways towards proving the viability of the market.
As mentioned, the ticket drive is off to a strong start, as the group has reportedly received commitments for over 5,000 tickets in just 36 hours. Daniel Negreanu has been especially active on Twitter since the ticket drive started in order to persuade people to sign up.
The Las Vegas team would play in a new $375 million arena if they are successful in convincing the NHL to expand to the desert. The arena is scheduled to open in the spring of 2016 and the hope is that the Las Vegas franchise would begin play for the 2016-17 regular season.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has remained non-committal over the prospects of Las Vegas being awarded a franchise though has stated that the NHL is "intrigued" by the market.
Source: Yahoo.com - Las Vegas NHL Ticket Drive Gets 5,000 Commitments In 36 Hours
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