49°F
weather icon Clear
app-logo
RJ App
Vegas News, Alerts, ePaper

Hopeful MLS owner files trademark for Las Vegas team name

A group comprised of billionaires Wes Edens and Nassef Sawiris, who co-own the Premier League’s Aston Villa soccer franchise, has filed a trademark name for what appears to be a prospective Major League Soccer team in Las Vegas.

“Las Vegas Villains” was filed by NSWE SCS, made up of the initials of Sawiris and Edens, to trademark the name June 4, according to records from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

The trademark is listed to be valid for a number of aspects, including sporting events.

Edens, also a co-owner of the NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks, has been reported to have interest in bringing an MLS team to Las Vegas.

MLS declined to comment on the trademark filing. Edens’ spokesman wasn’t immediately available for comment Thursday.

MLS is looking at possibly expanding to include a 30th franchise, and league commissioner Don Garber has said that Las Vegas, San Diego and Phoenix are possibilities.

The league is set to expand from 27 teams to 29 with the addition of Charlotte in 2022 and St. Louis in 2023. Charlotte paid between $300 and $325 million to land the franchise, according to the Associated Press.

Edens already has Las Vegas ties as his Fortress Investment Group owns Brightline, the high-speed rail company looking to connect Southern Nevada and Southern California.

Contact Mick Akers at makers@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-2920. Follow @mickakers on Twitter.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
THE LATEST
Pelé, Brazil’s king of ‘beautiful game,’ has died

Pelé, the Brazilian king of soccer who won a record three World Cups and became one of the most commanding sports figures of the last century, died Thursday. He was 82.

 
Messi, teammates forced to fly as millions swarm World Cup champs’ parade — PHOTOS

A parade to celebrate the Argentine World Cup champions was abruptly cut short Tuesday as millions of people poured onto thoroughfares, highways and overpasses in a chaotic attempt to catch a glimpse of the national team that won one of the greatest World Cup finals of all time.