Now that the City of Las Vegas knows it won't even be considered for a MLS expansion franchise until 2018, what should they do? Well they have a couple options.
In my mind, option 3 is the best way for them to prove to MLS that the city would be ready for a MLS team when 2018 finally gets here. One of the reservations that I know a lot of outsiders had about Las Vegas was the lack of an established fan base. Of course there were the people who actively sought out the MLS franchise, but without a current team to have attendance numbers for, it is very hard to speculate how well a MLS team would do in a city that is full of tourists. But I do think the biggest reason for MLS backing away from LV was the stadium situation. With a petition out that called for a public vote on the stadium deal, my guess is that instability scared MLS away.
Could it be different if the group wanted a NASL team instead? It could be. The stadium would not have to have such a large capacity and might therefore cost WAY less than the MLS stadium deal was for. I would like to think that the lower price tag could make the everyday citizen of Las Vegas more accepting of a stadium being built. Who knows, maybe with a smaller stadium, Findlay Sports & Entertainment might flip the entire bill for the stadium making it easier for the city to get behind it because it would be privately built, no public funds used.
I don't know what is going to happen in Las Vegas except MLS won't be going there anytime soon. My guess is that the NASL or the USL will be looking to get their hands on Las Vegas instead here in the near future. If either do, I think it would be in the city's best interest to make it happen. Who knows, maybe that will make MLS look again seriously in 2018 if it decides to expand even more.
Should @MLS2LV change its Twitter handle to @NASL2LV or @USL2LV? I'd say so...plus, they are available.
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