Sports lives in Las Vegas, even if there isn’t a professional team playing within the state’s boarders. But sports gambling is one of the most powerful games that anyone can play in America and it’s only a matter of time before a professional team calls the area home. But all leagues have been resistant to associate themselves with the gambling capital of the world and given it’ history with gambling, it’s no shock the NBA has stayed away from Vegas professionally.
But there have been summer leagues and camps held in the Vegas area and there’s even a college located near by, so it’s not outside the realm of reality to think that an NBA franchise could pop up in Nevada. That’s exactly what former player Jackie Robinson wants to do as a stadium proposal has been submitted with the hopes of building an arena on the Vegas Strip and putting an NBA franchise in it.
A former NBA player says he wants to build a $1.3 billion arena and hotel on the Las Vegas Strip.
Las Vegas basketball player and businessman Jackie Robinson announced the project this week.
It’s tentatively called the All Net Arena and Resort, and would be built on the site of a former water park near the renovated SLS Las Vegas hotel-casino and the Fontainebleau tower.
The stadium is tentatively scheduled to be completed in 2016 and break ground this upcoming summer, but just because a stadium is proposed, doesn’t mean one will be built. This isn’t the first time someone has tried to bring a team to the Vegas strip as previous attempts to move a MLS and NBA franchise have both failed.
But the third time might be the charm, however the NBA is having trouble dealing with the teams it has now and if a new team comes to the league or moves to a new city and it goes to Vegas and not Seattle, there might be riots.