Bill Foley is not normally a patient guy. “But in this case, I have to stay patient,” he said. That has been Foley’s mantra since July 20, when the billionaire businessman filed his formal application for an NHL expansion team.
The NHL is still deliberating whether or not it wants to expand beyond its current 30-team league. For Bill Foley, the man who wants to bring Las Vegas its first professional major league sports franchise, it means remaining patient and respecting the process.
Bill Foley knows he’s playing a waiting game with the NHL in his attempt to bring an expansion franchise to Las Vegas. But with the news coming out of Seattle about two possible arena proposals, it’s possible that Foley may have to wait a little longer.
A week after NHL officials confirmed there are no plans to vote on whether or not to expand at next month’s Board of governors meeting, commissioner Gary Bettman was pumping the brakes on the entire notion of growing the league by one or more teams anytime soon.
We’re not sure if the NHL will be in Las Vegas, but it appears college hockey will be playing a game here in 2018.
The decision from the NHL on whether Las Vegas will be awarded an expansion team probably will have to wait until next year.
It hasn’t been announced yet, but the odds are pretty good that Las Vegas will get an NHL franchise sometime this winter. If that happens, we keep hearing from prospective owner Bill Foley that he really likes “Black Knights” for a team name.
Bill Foley doesn’t have an NHL team, but his employees will have some pretty swank offices if the league grants Las Vegas an expansion franchise.
After a busy summer off the ice with a major rule change for overtime and serious discussion about expansion to Las Vegas, it’s time for the NHL to get busy on the ice.