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Old 10-17-2017, 07:16 PM
 
Location: Future Expat of California
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What are your thoughts about this? Is Las Vegas becoming a mecca for everyday sports like basketball, baseball, football (with the Raiders soon), and hockey (with the Golden Knights)?


San Antonio Stars moving to Las Vegas, bought by MGM Resorts

Report: WNBA’s San Antonio Stars moving to Las Vegas
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Old 10-17-2017, 11:52 PM
 
Location: The North
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Just fills event days with mediocre crowds. It makes no difference to the local sports ecosystem. Their season ticket holders aren't going to give up another team's tickets for this. Few, if any, fans of the opposing teams are going to plan their Vegas vacations around game days. The team's local broadcasting rights won't be causing angst in the market. In other words they will have as much impact on the sports marketplace as the numerous Arena Football League teams which came and went have had.

The only way this impacts the city's sports market is if MGM really tries to leverage this into an NBA team. Its highly unlikely it works in that way, but certainly can't rule it out. This will be the third team in the league that plays in a city without an NBA team so its no sure thing it leads to NBA next. In the long run it probably is just a marketing move by MGM to help build summer traffic at either of its lightly used venues (MGM or Mandalay) which are pretty good setups for smaller crowd basketball. Never hurts to see the MGM name on the floor and the signage on national TV either, even if its a tiny audience watching.
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Old 10-18-2017, 07:09 AM
 
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MGM has an arena, this seems like an attempt at making a profit when a big 'star' or the Golden Nights are not in the house.
Profits must be good when the arena is being used.

Its a way for the MGM to spend that money they are making off of parking. Gambling is declining,
guess they have to throw something at the wall to see what sticks.

Doesn't affect me in any way. If people want to spend their money on this, so be it. Maybe its an add on to someone's vacation. 'While we are in Las Vegas, let's go watch an WNBA game.' Who cares.

As long as the visitors keep on coming. Start a jello wrestling league for all I care.
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Old 10-18-2017, 08:37 AM
 
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This is good, we don't have enough crime here.
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Old 10-18-2017, 09:02 AM
 
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MGM has an arena, this seems like an attempt at making a profit when a big 'star' or the Golden Nights are not in the house.
Except they won't be playing at the same season (WNBA is May to September) or in the same facility (Stars will be playing at Mandalay Bay.)

There are only 17 home games. Average attendance is about 9,300 league wide. At an average ticket price of $16, MGM will gross less than $150K per game/$2.5 million annually. Let's hope people spend on food and drink.
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Old 10-18-2017, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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This is good, we don't have enough crime here.

Because women's basketball draws such a seedy crowd.




Several years ago, WNBA players threatened to go on strike for better pay and benefits. Then I realized that I wouldn't care if the league went away completely. The team that is being brought here was a miserable failure in San Antonio, a city that only has one other pro team (the Spurs). I can't imagine that it will be much more than a curiosity here. It is clearly an inferior brand of basketball - and that is not a sexist statement, just a fact.
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