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Seattle Supersonics might become Vegas Supersonics?

Mirage

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NBA's Seattle Supersonics could end up in Las Vegas according to this article. There has been a lot of buzz lately on whether or not this will happen. All signs seem to point to a definite possibility.

Sonics | Owner floats idea of Las Vegas Sonics | Seattle Times Newspaper

Seattle might not want to pay for a better arena and if they don't it looks like Vegas has already offered the possibility of building one. In fact it looks like Vegas will be building a state-of-the-art arena regardless of what the Supersonics decide to do. Worst case scenario Vegas creates a new NBA team of their own. Not a bad worst case scenario if you ask me.

I think Vegas would be a good place for an NBA team. It will be interesting to see how this all turns out.
 

Doc

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I think the major sports need to just give in and send Vegas an expansion team or two. They can handle it.
 

CaliforniaSteve

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People will gamble on sports regardless If theres a team in Vegas or not. Only difference with a team there is that gamblers will only have to walk across the street.
 

RarePD

Registered Member
It doesn't matter that there's legal gambling here in Las Vegas. Hell, even Poker has gone mainstream on ESPN now. And besides, every state that has an NBA team has an Indian Casino where they all accept NBA betting.

There's also rumors that the Maloof Brothers (owners of the Palms Casino in Vegas and the NBA's Sacramento Kings) wants to bring a team here. Doubt they'll move the Kings here since their loyal fanbase will always remain in Sacramento.

Even the mayor of Las Vegas Oscar Goodman is trying his best to get an NBA team. Infact he says once he gets a team here it'll be his most finest accomplishment as a mayor.

NBA '07 All-Star Game in Las Vegas was a huge success btw, which was being angled as the catapult on whether or not NBA would work in a city that never sleeps. Just a matter of time now.
 

cheezer465

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i bet any money they will not become the vegas supersonics there arent gonna pay for a new arena or anyhting i just know it.
 

Mirage

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i bet any money they will not become the vegas supersonics there arent gonna pay for a new arena or anyhting i just know it.
Did you even read the article? Las Vegas is building their own arena. Whether the Sonics use it or not is irrelevant. It's still being planned regardless.
 

RarePD

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The problem is (and I know, I live here) is the construction of a new arena. Where the NBA '07 All-Star game held was at the Thomas & Mack. This is at the UNLV campus and having an NBA team in the same location of where the Runnin' Rebels play just wouldn't make sense, plus Thomas & Mack is kind of old, they need a new arena. Which then brings this into play, where? Well you could have the arena in the arts district but that's too close to the strip and would cause traffic issues, you could also have it downtown but again, Freemont Street Experience, lots of tourists go there.

If anything the Las Vegas NBA team would probably play in Henderon or near Boulder City, they would be the Las Vegas (whatever) but they would be playing at an arena in a suburb. Just like how the Kings play at the Arco Arena, well the Arco Arena isn't even in Sacramento LOL

Las Vegas is simply just an island oasis with 10 miles of inner-city going in each direction with desert surrounding it. If you look at Las Vegas on Google Earth you'd see this. :)
 
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