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Las Vegas Moves Closer to NBA Expansion Dream, Commissioner Silver Confirms

By TheNevadaGlobeStaff, February 14, 2024 4:44 pm

Las Vegas, NV – NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has fueled excitement for Las Vegas’ sport fans by confirming the city is “definitely” on the league’s expansion list. His remarks came during an appearance on ESPN’s “The Pat McAfee Show.”

Key Takeaways:

  • Expansion decision awaits the conclusion of the current TV deal in 2024.
  • Las Vegas’ unique market presents no concerns due to strong local support and tourism.
  • Super Bowl LVIII’s success further boosts its appeal as a sporting destination.
  • The NBA has a long history of involvement in Las Vegas, starting with the Summer League in 2004.
  • Commissioner Silver views their growing presence, including the recent In-Season Tournament, as a positive step towards potential expansion.

Market Size vs. Passion:

  • Concerns about Las Vegas’ market size (40th in the US) are dismissed by Silver, citing the city’s “punch above their weight” thanks to local enthusiasm and tourism.

Super Bowl Influence:

  • The success of Super Bowl LVIII, with record-breaking viewership, demonstrated Las Vegas’ ability to host major sporting events on a global stage.

NBA’s Deepening Ties to Vegas:

  • The league’s long-standing involvement through initiatives like the Summer League and the In-Season Tournament highlights its trust in the city’s potential.

Next Steps:

  • Expansion discussions will likely begin after the NBA finalizes its new TV deal in 2024.

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