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Could Las Vegas and Orlando be the new sites of MLB franchises?

“Vegas is on a sports rampage.” -Pat Williams

As pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training, this week, Major League Baseball continues to contemplate expansion by two teams. Could Las Vegas and Orlando be the new sites of MLB franchises? Mike Brodsky reports for Vegas Sports Daily.

What are the real possibilities of the Major League Baseball expanding to Las Vegas? Mike Brodsky spoke with major league executives, players, and coaches at the Diamond Resort Tournament in Orlando, Florida.

In addition to Pat Williams former Vice President of the Orlando Magic, who helped bring professional sports to Orlando.

Las Vegas sports market:

Population (CSA): 2,455,481 (rank: 26)

DMA: 757,400 (rank: 40)

Major Pro Teams: Golden Knights (NHL), Raiders (NFL), Las Vegas Aces (WNBA).

Clubs That Claim Broadcast Market: Angels, Dodgers, Padres, D-backs, Giants, A’s

Four Businesses of Interest: MGM Resorts International, Las Vegas Sands, Johnson Electric, Caesars Entertainment

Organized effort: Lou Weisbach, Steve Stone

Pluses: If MLB comes to Vegas, they can largely thank the Golden Knights for helping to ease concerns about whether not just locals but tourists would spend time away from casinos. And unlike the city of Portland, which isn’t exactly pro development, Vegas seems to sprout buildings faster than they can be planned. Oh, and about being able to wager on baseball— wouldn’t it make sense that Sin City locals invest in the home team?

Minuses: While the Golden Knights prove fans will come out for pro sports, when you throw in not only the NHL, but soon the NFL with the relocating Raiders, it becomes a question as to how diluted the market will become? Another issue is that the TV market size is exceptionally small. After all, outside of Vegas you’re really only broadcasting to desert scrub brush.

 

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