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Las Vegas has long wanted a place in the big leagues, but could this be the decade it finally happens?
A plan to lure MLS to Downtown Vegas is still alive and kickin', at least for another week while city officials ponder how much, if anything, they want to chip in. A proposal to build an NBA-worthy arena next to SLS recently won the green light, if it can find enough green to build it, that is. (Seeing a theme?) And today, new buzz about the likelihood of Vegas' own NHL team.
Canada's The Province reports "sources" as indicating Vegas is a lock:
As the integral combination of hype and momentum continues to build in support of bringing a Major League Soccer franchise to Las Vegas, the city's most well-known resident rocker has already found a way to land a professional sports franchise here in Sin City.
Mötley Crüe frontman Vince Neil —a regular at the Red Rock sports book on Sundays during the NFL season — has been granted approval from Arena Football League officials to build a team in Las Vegas that will be ready to compete in time for the 2015 season, according to the Las Vegas Sun.
Las Vegas, the biggest little city to not have a major pro sports team, finally has... something kind of like a major pro sports team. Or, at least it has "major" in its name. The Las Vegas Legends, whose logo is three silhouetted wise-guy mobsters, will be part of a professional league that spans the U.S.A. and Mexico with 24 teams. The new Major Arena Soccer League is a combination of the Major Indoor Soccer League and the Professional Arena Soccer League.
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After losing their home at Orleans Arena, the Wranglers teamed up with the Plaza to bring minor league hockey to Downtown Vegas. First, the plan was to erect a tent on the Plaza's pool level. That was soon scratched for a tent in the parking lot. Then, both sides apparently realized that neither had the funding to pull it off.
3.6 Update: The Las Vegas Neon won't happen after all, according to the Sun.
While Las Vegas holds out hope for a professional team in a popular sport like football or basketball, they can settle for a pro tennis franchise, for now. Having been home to pro tennis exhibition matches at Mandalay Bay and the Thomas & Mack Center, as well as tennis star Andre Agassi, the sport seems to have found a fan base in Las Vegas.
World Team Tennis, founded by tennis legend Billie Jean King, brings a team to the Darling Tennis Center this summer. Formerly known as the Sacramento Capitals, the team will appropriately be renamed the Las Vegas Neon. The eight-team league features co-ed teams with matches played in men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles and mixed doubles.
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The downtown property will build a 3,500-seat arena on the fifth floor pool and event deck located between its hotel towers. The Wranglers have been playing their home games at the relatively cavernous Orleans Arena which holds almost 10,000, but their contract there was not renewed. The Wranglers' contract to play at The Plaza will be for the next five seasons with an option to extend another five. The Wranglers have been averaging almost 5,000 in attendance this season so games should be overflowing with intensity and excitement next season.
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The LFL used to be called the Lingerie Football League, but this year the women's professional football league got all fancy and made a lot of changes. The biggest changes to the LFL were that the name now stands for Legends Football League and that the amount of games played were decreased. The Las Vegas Sin only played two home games. Sigh.
Even though the LFL players are barely clothed these aren't prissy girls. These women throw down like normal football players. They just hit better looking players in this writer's opinion.
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Lingerie Football League (LFL) as we knew it last year is dead, but the LFL remains and so do the Las Vegas Sin.
The Las Vegas headquartered Lingerie Football League has undergone a few major changes since the season ended last year. LFL is now short for Legends Football League and the season will no longer be played while the NFL season is happening. The LFL is going legit... sort of. The lingerie uniforms are being replaced with skimpy athletic-wear. Nothing wrong with that.
The worst part is that the LFL season is shorter then it used to be. The season is only five games long and your Las Vegas Sin only have 2 home games. Once again the Las Vegas Sin will play their home games at the Orleans Arena. The Las Vegas Sin season kicks off May 10 when they visit the Chicago Bliss. The first game at Orleans Arena is June 22 when the Green Bay Chill come to town. The only other home game for the Las Vegas Sin is July 20 when the Seattle Mist visit.
We think we've finally found the sport Las Vegas deserves. And, they have a big event coming up at South Point.
We recently introduced you to the Las Vegas Dice, the local World Professional Billiards team that are part of a whole new league. We're more excited about discovering the Fabulous Sin City Rollergirls who operate four local teams, and two national, in the world of women’s flat track roller derby. (There's no raised bank like in Rollerball. But, we think these ladies would do just fine in that world, too.)
Did you hear about that new Las Vegas sports arena? Not for baseball, football or basketball. Nope, for the World Professional Billiard League.
Last year, we accidentally ran across the American Poolplayers Association championship at the Riviera and, seeing the hoards of players and fans, it made us wonder about all the stickmen and women in this town. Downtown recently opened Backstage Bar & Billiards in Fremont East. But, for the truly committed, a new league has started up with dozens of professional players and all based out of Vegas.