5 Realistic Options For A Las Vegas MLB Baseball Team
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred may have to re-attach the countless heads he blew up following an interview with reporters this week.
Manfred addressed the question of having a team in Las Vegas. Considering baseball’s historic fight against gambling, many were surprised to hear he would be open to having a team in sin city — a first for a baseball commish.
“Las Vegas could be a viable market for us,” Manfred said during his Cactus League news conference in Phoenix. “… I don’t think that the presence of legalized gambling in Las Vegas should necessarily disqualify that market as a potential major league city.”
The notion really shouldn’t be all that shocking considering the NHL will begin their first season in Las Vegas with the Golden Knights later this year and the Oakland Raiders have filed to re-locate there as well. But even if MLB wants a team in Vegas, there will be countless hoops (and votes) to jump through.
Still, it’s fun to imagine what the most realistic options would be for a new team in the city that truly doesn’t sleep.
Below are the most “viable” ways things could shake out within the next few years.
Josh Helmuth is the editor of Crave Sports.