Las Vegas NHL expansion team is ‘done deal’: Report

From Yahoo Sports:

The worst-kept secret in hockey is becoming less secret by the minute: The Associated Press reported on Tuesday that the NHL will expand to Las Vegas and leave Quebec City on the back burner.

A person with direct knowledge of the NHL’s decision says the league has settled on Las Vegas as its choice for expansion, provided organizers can come up with a $500 million fee.

The person spoke Tuesday on condition of anonymity because details have not been released by the league ahead of its Board of Governors meeting on June 22. Quebec City was also considered for expansion. A second person who had been briefed on the decision said Las Vegas was a “done deal” following the recommendation of the NHL’s executive committee.

The 2017-18 season would be the earliest the league would expand.

Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports that “the NHL’s Executive Committee voted unanimously to recommend expansion to Las Vegas.” He also reports the team is expected to be the Las Vegas Black Knights.

Confirmed by Housingwire:

Meet the NHL’s newest team: the Las Vegas Black Knights?

New NHL team led by Fidelity National, Black Knight Chairman Bill Foley one step from reality

What were merely rumors 18 months ago are now one step from becoming reality, as the NHL executive committee reportedly gave its approval to expand the league with a team in Las Vegas led by an ownership group fronted by William Foley, the chairman of Fidelity National Financial and Black Knight Financial Services. Get ready for the Las Vegas Black Knights.

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