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June 26, 2016

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Toronto sports official on NHL in Las Vegas: 'It's a bad idea'

New franchise owner Bill Foley shakes hands with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman during an NHL news conference announcing Las Vegas’ first professional sports franchise Wednesday, June 22, 2016, at Encore. The NHL team is expected to begin play in the 2017-18 season at T-Mobile Arena.

(via By Eric Macramalla, Forbes)

Comment One person isn’t convinced that an NHL hockey team in Las Vegas is sustainable long-term. His name is Richard Peddie, the former president and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment over 14 years from 1998 to 2011. He was at the helm of the group for a number of transformational projects, including the Air Canada Centre (home of the Toronto Maple Leafs), Toronto FC and their home, BMO Field, ...

Introducing your projected Las Vegas expansion team roster

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks to the media before Game 1 of the Stanley Cup final series between the San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday, May 30, 2016, in Pittsburgh.

(via ESPN)

Comment Amid reports that a 31st National Hockey League franchise will be awarded to Las Vegas as soon as the 2017-18 season, hockey fans across the globe are plotting their next Sin City weekend. The news wasn't quite as welcomed by NHL general managers, whose jobs got more difficult with an upcoming expansion draft. For Las Vegas' inaugural season, reports say ...

Cavs-Warriors Game 7 the most heavily bet NBA game ever

(via ESPN)

Comment Game 7 had everything: giant television ratings, record ticket prices and, in Las Vegas, historic betting handle. To see the full story, click here.

UFC tells employees report company has been sold for $4.2 billion is false

UFC 197 fighter Rafael dos Anjos looks with disdain to Conor McGregor’s hand after facing off between UFC President Dana White on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, at MGM Grand. The two joined a press conference featuring Holly Holm and Miesha Tate at MGM Grand.

(via By Kevin Iole, Yahoo Sports)

Comment A UFC spokesman on Monday shot down a FloCombat report that indicated ownership had accepted an offer of $4.2 billion to sell the company. Dave Sholler, the UFC's vice president of public relations, athlete marketing and development, sent a statement to Yahoo Sports late Monday denying the story. "'s report indicating that the UFC has been sold is false," Sholler ...

Muhammad Ali’s grandson is the latest model with famous relatives

(via By Jihan Forbes, Yahoo Style)

Comment The fashion world loves a model with a celebrity lineage, and it looks like Wilhelmina Models has signed the next big face with a famous bloodline. The agency has added Biaggio Ali Walsh, the grandson of the late, great Muhammad Ali, son of Rasheeda Ali Walsh. To see the full story, click here.

Former Sacramento Kings owners about to get hockey team

(via By Dale Kasler, Sacramento Bee)

Comment Just more than three years after selling the Sacramento Kings, the Maloof family is on the verge of returning to major-league sports ownership. Numerous media reports said Tuesday that the National Hockey League has tentatively awarded an expansion team to a Las Vegas group that includes the Maloofs as minority partners. To see the full story, click here.

U.S. judge gives Caesars temporary reprieve from lawsuits

(via Reuters)

Comment A U.S. judge on Wednesday temporarily halted lawsuits seeking $11.4 billion in damages from Caesars Entertainment Corp., urging the parties in the bankruptcy of its operating unit to settle before an injunction expires in August. To see the full story, click here.

Poll: Phillie Phanatic more qualified to be president than Donald Trump

(via Philadelphia)

Comment Don’t want to vote for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump this November, but not quite ready to push the button for Hillary Clinton? You could always vote for the Phillie Phanatic. To see the full story, click here.

Reno columnist: Proposed Raiders deal is Las Vegas' worst idea ever

(via By Chris Murray, Reno Gazette-Journal)

Comment Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman appeared on SportsCenter Tuesday to tell everybody how great of an idea it is for the Oakland Raiders to move to Las Vegas. She did a solid job of selling the idea, her finale pronouncement being “the Las Vegas Raiders sounds real good to me.” It sounds like a disaster to me. Not because I ...

Nonprofit sues NFL after moving charity event from Las Vegas casino

(via Legal Sports Report)

Comment A lawsuit filed in Dallas County Court on Tuesday by a nonprofit corporation against the NFL seeks as much as $100,000 in damages. To see the full story, click here.

Secret phone bets in Macau VIP rooms spark laundering risks

(via Bloomberg)

Comment Hidden inside the private room of a Macau casino’s exclusive gaming area, a single player sits at a baccarat table. As the cards are turned, the man, a hired hand, gives a play-by-play account via an earpiece wirelessly connected to his mobile phone. On the other end of the call, hundreds if not thousands of miles away, is the real ...

Tesla rival Faraday gets one step closer to building electric cars in California

(via Los Angeles Times)

Comment Gardena electric car company Faraday Future is now one step closer to establishing a vehicle manufacturing plant in California. To see the full story, click here.

Baseball monitoring gambling to protect the sport’s integrity

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred speaks to reporters during a news conference at Major League Baseball headquarters in New York, Thursday, May 19, 2016.

(via The Washington Post)

Comment Each night, Major League Baseball games unfold in stadiums across the country, nine innings at a time, pitch by pitch. An ocean away, a network of computers whir, tracking every swing of the bat — and, perhaps just as important, every placement of a bet. To see the full story, click here.

Calvin Harris cancels more Las Vegas dates after car crash

(via Billboard)

Comment Calvin Harris has canceled two more Las Vegas appearances due to his recent car accident, one of them Thursday and one tonight, according to Billboard. To see the full story, click here.

A hyperloop company is lining its pods with metal from Captain America

(via By Ryan Bort, Newsweek)

Comment Earlier this month in North Las Vegas, a company called Hyperloop One carried out the first tests of the high-speed Hyperloop transportation technology. Initially conceived by SpaceX founder Elon Musk as the "fifth mode of transport," the Hyperloop would revolutionize modern travel by sucking a pod through a tube at nearly 800 miles mph. Hyperloop One is only one of ...