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Las Vegas is getting a team in the National Lacrosse League.

 

And I bet their ears perked up when they heard that there was no provision in the contract of the sale of the Minnesota Timberwolves that prevents them from moving.  Vegas is thinking "forget an NBA expansion team, can we get the Timberwolves?  We want the A's and we may try to convince A-Rod to move the Wolves to our great city!  Also MLS, can we have a team too?"

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20 minutes ago, GDAWG said:

Las Vegas is getting a team in the National Lacrosse League.

 

And I bet their ears perked up when they heard that there was no provision in the contract of the sale of the Minnesota Timberwolves that prevents them from moving.  Vegas is thinking "forget an NBA expansion team, can we get the Timberwolves?  We want the A's and we may try to convince A-Rod to move the Wolves to our great city!  Also MLS, can we have a team too?"

There's gotta be a way to keep the T-Wolves in Minnesota.

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6 hours ago, GDAWG said:

Las Vegas is getting a team in the National Lacrosse League.

 

And I bet their ears perked up when they heard that there was no provision in the contract of the sale of the Minnesota Timberwolves that prevents them from moving.  Vegas is thinking "forget an NBA expansion team, can we get the Timberwolves?  We want the A's and we may try to convince A-Rod to move the Wolves to our great city!  Also MLS, can we have a team too?"

Las Vegas is going to go from forbidden land to having a franchise in each of the Big 4 leagues, MLS, and NLL (and probably more) in less than 10 years.

 

Unbelievable.

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23 hours ago, JayMac said:

Las Vegas is going to go from forbidden land to having a franchise in each of the Big 4 leagues, MLS, and NLL (and probably more) in less than 10 years.

 

Unbelievable.

 

This is pretty rich stuff for a city that's essentially going to disappear within a few decades due to lack of water.

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On 5/23/2021 at 1:29 PM, tp49 said:

I wouldn't be concerned about the Raiders in Las Vegas at all.  Ever been on The Strip on a football Sunday?  Nearly everyone walking around is wearing some sort of NFL gear.  The NFL is more conducive to tourism than any of the other major sports and fanbases tend to travel well.  Eight to nine home games a year means that the games are more of an event or tourist attraction, and the nature of Las Vegas being what it is this is the only time it can honestly be said that a team can thrive without huge local support.  Further, the large group of Raider fans still living in the Los Angeles area, and traveled well to Oakland will probably travel to Las Vegas in a similar or greater fashion.  All of this is before we even start talking about locals.  The flashy new stadium walking distance from The Strip also doesn't hurt.


I’m going out in September and was trying to get tickets for the Ravens MNF game.  Cheapest single ticket is $900.  Demand seems to be okay.

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2 hours ago, Camden Crazy said:


I’m going out in September and was trying to get tickets for the Ravens MNF game.  Cheapest single ticket is $900.  Demand seems to be okay.

Man I felt this one. Never had to pay more than $80 to see the Bucs play because they were always a total dumpster fire. Can't get a ticket for less than $400 now... 

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On 5/27/2021 at 1:53 AM, neo_prankster said:

There's gotta be a way to keep the T-Wolves in Minnesota.

 

If the NBA expands to Seattle and Vegas as rumored, where would the Wolves even go? No other city makes sense over just keeping them where they are.

If anything moving Minnesota to the east and hoping some Great Lakes rivalries spring up would seem to be the play.

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6 minutes ago, who do you think said:

If the NBA expands to Seattle and Vegas as rumored, where would the Wolves even go? No other city makes sense over just keeping them where they are.

If anything moving Minnesota to the east and hoping some Great Lakes rivalries spring up would seem to be the play.

Silver seems to think Vancouver should get a second shot, and having SEA-VAN-PTL all in one division seems like the obvious play. If not Vegas, I think Vancouver makes sense as a landing spot for the T-Wolves.

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12 minutes ago, Ridleylash said:

Silver seems to think Vancouver should get a second shot, and having SEA-VAN-PTL all in one division seems like the obvious play. If not Vegas, I think Vancouver makes sense as a landing spot for the T-Wolves.

 

Vancouver lasted six seasons the first time around, has about two-thirds the population of Minneapolis-St. Paul, and you're still gonna be second fiddle to the NHL. I don't see it.

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Yesterday, an anchor of the morning newscast on the Bay Area's Fox station interviewed Dave Kaval:

 

https://www.ktvu.com/video/938385

 

Kaval talked up the Las Vegas option so much in that interview that I have come away with the impression that Kaval, A's principal owner John Fisher, et al. are now to MLB, Oakland, and Las Vegas what Anthony Precourt was to Major League Soccer, Columbus, and Austin, respectively -- people who are eager to try to move a big-league pro sports team from a fairly large city that seems to be too boring for their tastes to an area that has noticeably fewer residents but also a considerably more exciting image (be it the hip, socioculturally cool, "weird" reputation of Austin or the hedonistic glitz of Las Vegas).

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At least Austin has a pretty bright future. The only way a team stays viable in Vegas is if Vegas maintains  its relative monopoly on high-end gambling/entertainment. Forget the potential future water issues, what do you think is going to happen the more states legalize sports gambling and/or decide to host their own palatial casinos? 

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It becomes the Atlantic City of the west, minus all the failed Trump business ventures. That’s not political, that’s just a fact.

 

It also doesn’t have the boardwalk or the reputation for filth that AC has.

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1 hour ago, SFGiants58 said:

It becomes the Atlantic City of the west, minus all the failed Trump business ventures. That’s not political, that’s just a fact.

 

It also doesn’t have the boardwalk or the reputation for filth that AC has.

I would like to think Laughlin as the Atlantic City of the west. 

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On 5/29/2021 at 12:15 PM, ManillaToad said:

hearing rumors of the A's moving to Branson, Missouri

Waterfront stadium on Table Rock Lake? With the hills as a backdrop? Nice.

 

Although, (and I know this was a joke), the Springfield Cardinals would still outdraw the A's.

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On 5/25/2021 at 10:08 PM, FiddySicks said:


They planned on it originally, but the stability of the land (the stadium is right next to a river, hence the RiverCats name) came into question and nixed those plans. Access is pretty poor (everything is here, really), too. It’s also technically in an entirely different city (South Sacramento, CA), and that’s caused more problems for that site than they had originally foreseen. 
 

The feasibility of fully expanding that entire entire area has been done to death already and the answer for pretty much the last century is a pretty resounding no. One of the reasons it’s sat empty for no joke the last 100 years is because it was used as a defacto toxic waste dump site going WAY back. 

 

What about the old arena site? The foundation is already in place!

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On 5/29/2021 at 4:46 AM, Walk-Off said:

Yesterday, an anchor of the morning newscast on the Bay Area's Fox station interviewed Dave Kaval:

 

https://www.ktvu.com/video/938385

 

Kaval talked up the Las Vegas option so much in that interview that I have come away with the impression that Kaval, A's principal owner John Fisher, et al. are now to MLB, Oakland, and Las Vegas what Anthony Precourt was to Major League Soccer, Columbus, and Austin, respectively -- people who are eager to try to move a big-league pro sports team from a fairly large city that seems to be too boring for their tastes to an area that has noticeably fewer residents but also a considerably more exciting image (be it the hip, socioculturally cool, "weird" reputation of Austin or the hedonistic glitz of Las Vegas).

 

 

Honestly that's the feeling I'm getting as well. Last week I thought Vegas was in play but was the backup. Now it's pretty clear it's their preferred choice and will be their only choice if Oakland's city council doesn't give them everything they want on July 20. 

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