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Jackpot! Las Vegas is awarded an NHL expansion team

Jackpot! Las Vegas is awarded an NHL expansion team

Coming soon to the NHL: The Las Vegas Holy Rollers. Or Aces. Maybe the Royal Flushes?

The NHL on Wednesday became the first major professional sports league to succumb to the temptations of Las Vegas, with Commissioner Gary Bettman announcing the league’s Board of Governors had unanimously approved granting a franchise to a group led by billionaire businessman Bill Foley. The as yet-unnamed team will debut at the new T-Mobile Arena in the 2017-18 season and will play in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference.

Adding a 31st team will give the NHL an uneven number of members and continue geographic imbalance, because there will be 16 teams in the East and 15...

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