Investors working to bring Major League Baseball to Las Vegas

Six decades before, while giving a deposition in a New Jersey sports gambling case, then-Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig spoke steadfastly against placing a franchise in Las Vegas and railed against gaming as”evil.” Today, a group is working together with investors to build a stadium and bring a major-league staff to Las Vegas.
Those efforts come as Selig’s successor, Rob Manfred, predicts Las Vegas a viable marketplace for the sport and baseball decision-makers descend on the city to get the league’s Winter Meetings at Mandalay Bay from Dec. 9-13.
Behind the scenes, Lou Weisbach, a Chicago-area entrepreneur who headed the charge to bring the Montreal Expos to Las Vegas in the early 2000s, along with Chicago White Sox television announcer and former Cy Young winner Steve Stone are one of those working to produce their dream of bringing a team to Southern Nevada come true.
Weisbach said the people he’s working with, including some in Las Vegas whom he declined to recognize, are engaged in continuing conversations with investors and landowners.
He said people involved also have been speaking with local leaders.
Gov.-elect Steve Sisolak, the longtime Clark County Commission chairman, was asked if he’d had talks about a major-league group in vegas.
“Not I can speak about. … I hope you know sometimes I must sign NDAs (nondisclosure agreements),” he said.
Could it work here?
The jury remains out on if Major League Baseball would thrive in vegas.
Some say which the entertainment buck would be stretched too thin for 81 home games to market out. There’s Weisbach.
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“We’ve got a great deal of different locations that we continue to operate on and which are accessible and so it is not a question of if Vegas is going to get Major League Baseball,” he said,”it’s a matter of when.”
After a greater than 30-year absence, Major League Baseball returned to Washington, D.C., since the Expos became the Washington Nationals, that settled into a temporary residence at RFK Memorial Stadium.
Whether Las Vegas was being used as leverage or has been severely close to becoming a major-league city in 2004 remains up for discussion, and the answer varies based on who’s asked.
1 thing was for certain: Washington, D.C., had a scene (and since has assembled a baseball-specific one). Las Vegas didn’t.
“I really believe in the few times that I’ve attempted to actually do so, I think that it was too early and we did not have a facility,” Stone said.
Weisbach went further, saying he believed that if Las Vegas had a stadium at that time, the Expos could have proceeded west. This time, the strategy is to build a stadium initially and cope with securing a staff — if by expansion or relocation — instant.

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