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01-10-2007, 12:59 PM
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Hockey Night in Las Vegas?

I was listening to XM recently and they were talking Penguins and a possible move and what not. They were also talking about expansion and talking seriously about Las Vegas as a possible town for a team. Now, I'm not saying its PITT that will move, because I think they will come to terms with a arena and stay put. But it really starts to make one wonder if the NHL did expand, would it place it in a high market with lots of money? I live in Vegas, so I'm hoping it would happen and I understand the gambling concern, but this town now has 2million people. Not all of them know what hockey is, but we have the ECHL Wranglers which draw 8,000 fans on weekends and plenty of Eastern folks who do love hockey (I'm a transplanted Buffalonian) that would definitely go to the games. This town would have ZERO problem financing a arena and share it with a possible NBA team ( I hear this rumor too). Anyway, I just wanted to throw this out there and get some opinions. Vegas might not be a hockey hotbed, but neither is KC or freakin Houston!!

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instead of just looking at the corporate people in vegas why doesnt the nhl go into the community and actually talk to them and see how they might or might not support nhl hockey.

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Didn't the rink over by the airport close a few years ago? Was it on Sahara?

I don't see LV as having near enough fan base to support an NHL team. Even with all the east coast transplants.

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The games will be terrible. All the players on both sides will be too drunk and hung over from partying, gambling, going to strip joints and sleeping with hookers the night before to put on a good show.

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The Frozen Fury preseason games between the Kings and Avs always draw well...to my understanding, anyway.

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If Jerry Bruckheimer is a part of this, then it will be a positive for the NHL.

I am also under the impression that whatever first team moves into Las Vegas will be especially supported.

That said, I hope that Pittsburgh does not lose it's team - and if they do, that they get an expansion team within a couple of years....

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Personally, I find the talk on XM to be mindnumbing. Yes, they can supply the scores and highlights from the games, but as far as actual insight, they provide zero. I used to listen to the guys they have/had in the morning on my way to work and In the Slot on my way home. It was really nice to be able to hear hockey discussed on the radio since ESPN doesn't touch it, but I just couldn't take it anymore. That said, I wouldn't put much into anything they said about Vegas since they are pretty much wrong about every rumor that they talk about on XM.

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Maybe if they put a huge *** Casino in the arena, and huge betting sessions on the games.

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As a hockey fan and a fan of the city I would love for the NHL to put a team there. Sports betting is a fact of life and it's also a huge industry. There's no point fighting the enevitable. This is basically a huge unexploited market and who ever gets in there first is going to wonder what all the fuss was about as he counts his billions.

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Wranglers draw 8,000 on weekends? The capacity of the arena is like 7,500 and I went to a game where they announced the crowd was about 5,000 and I would swear to you there werent more then 1,500 people in the building,, they say they also average over 5,000

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I don't know how you sell a season ticket base in a place that is mostly run by visitors. The NHL doesn't need any competition when they go somewhere - let alone in Vegas where people can do ANYTHING other than watch hockey.

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I don't know how you sell a season ticket base in a place that is mostly run by visitors. The NHL doesn't need any competition when they go somewhere - let alone in Vegas where people can do ANYTHING other than watch hockey.
there is a large residential population here, more then many areas that have a sports team,, problem is many people are only here for a few years and move on and I believe about 50% of the population is spanish(who probably could care less about Ice Hockey)

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Didn't the rink over by the airport close a few years ago? Was it on Sahara?

I don't see LV as having near enough fan base to support an NHL team. Even with all the east coast transplants.
The City of Las Vegas have been trying to woo the NFL San Diego Chargers to Vegas but were turned down by the team.

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Didn't the rink over by the airport close a few years ago? Was it on Sahara?

I don't see LV as having near enough fan base to support an NHL team. Even with all the east coast transplants.


I know of at least 3 rinks that are open year round and 2 of them have year round hockey programs

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if they move, id rather see them go there than housten or KC

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I must say it would be an interesting idea. I haven't paid much attention to the "move" and "expansion" talk. You guys talk about the city having rinks... are they big enough to support a team or would they have to build brand new?

Also if they did this do you think it would be wise of the league or NHL PA to do something about players not being allowed in the casinos within X amount of hours of a game?

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01-10-2007, 07:42 PM
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Vegas team could play at the Thomas Mack Center which is where the UNLV basketball team plays(and I think the UNLV hockey team) capacity is over 18,000

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Vegas would be able to afford the team simply because it's a rich place. The team would make no money, but they could keep it.

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