Las Vegas putting up fight for MLS franchise

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Despite years of campaigning, Las Vegas is still without a major professional sports team. Besides minor league baseball and hockey sides, the city is bereft of a team to really get behind.

Well that could all be about to change with news that the city looks to be pressing ahead with a view to build a soccer-specific stadium, and an MLS franchise to go with it.

Cordish Companies and Findlay Sports and Entertainment Group switched their focus to building a 24,000 seater MLS stadium downtown after MGM resorts broke ground on a new arena earlier this month and have opened discussions with MLS Deputy Commissioner and President Mark Abbott about a franchise.

According to CBS Las Vegas, council members voted to give the partners until September 1st to develop financial plans for the build project. 

Major League Soccer currently boasts 19 franchises and that number will be up to 23 by 2017 with the introductions of New York City FC, Orlando City, David Beckham's Miami team, and an Atlanta side.

The league wants to add one more franchise before 2020 to take it up to an even 24 teams and it is looking like that could be a fight between Vegas, Sacramento, San Diego, San Antonio and Minneapolis, who are the other teams pushing for an expansion side.

“It will be a race to see who can put the best package together,” said Justin Findlay, managing partner of Findlay Sports and Entertainment. “A lot of people are vying for the last spot.”


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