This week the NHL Executive Committee voted to approve an NHL franchise to be placed in Las Vegas, with games set to commence beginning in the 2017-2018 season.
The vote will see the matter pressed to the Board of Governors next week, but it is expected to pass easily. Currently there are no major sports league franchises located in Sin City, and there has been rampant fear that having a team located near the world's second-largest gaming destination could cause matches to become corrupt. It is likely that this is pure hogwash though, as there are various gambling policies put into place by major sports leagues.
A successful team adoption in Las Vegas could spell bigger things for the city, as the Oakland Raiders are rumored to be in talks to also move to Vegas. If that happens, watch out, as there could be a swelling of sports leagues trying to find a new lucrative market to key into.
Currently there are 30 NHL clubs, and the last expansion was in 2000 when the Minnesota Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets were added to the league.
If the Board of Governors votes to include Las Vegas in its plans, a potential franchise owner would have to pony up the $500 million application fee. Once the team basics are set up, an expansion draft will be held, where the new club can select team members from a list of unprotected players of existing clubs.
Casino Listings will expand on this story as the franchise further develops.