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Investors working to bring Major League Baseball to Las Vegas

Six years ago, while giving a deposition in a New Jersey sports betting instance, then-Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig spoke firmly against ever placing a franchise in vegas and railed against gambling as”evil” Today, a team is working together with investors to construct a stadium and bring a major-league staff to Las Vegas.
Those efforts come as Selig’s successor, Rob Manfred, predicts Las Vegas a workable marketplace for the sport and baseball’s 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 led the charge to bring the Montreal Expos to Las Vegas in the early 2000s, and Chicago White Sox television announcer and former Cy Young winner Steve Stone are among those working to make their vision of bringing a team to Southern Nevada come true.
Weisbach reported the people he is working with, such as some in Las Vegas whom he declined to recognize, are engaged in ongoing conversations with shareholders and landowners.
He said individuals involved 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 team in vegas.
“Not that I can speak about. … I hope you know sometimes I must sign NDAs (nondisclosure agreements),” he said.
Can it work here?
The jury remains out on whether Major League Baseball would flourish in Las Vegas.
Some say no — that the entertainment dollar would be stretched too thin to market out. There’s Weisbach.
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“We’ve got a great deal of different places we continue to work on and that are available and so it’s not a matter of whether Vegas is going to get Major League Baseball,” he said,”it is a matter of when.”
After a greater than 30-year absence, Major League Baseball returned to Washington, D.C., as the Expos became the Washington Nationals, who settled into a temporary residence at RFK Memorial Stadium.
Whether Las Vegas was being used as leverage or was seriously close to turning into a major-league city in 2004 remains up for debate, and the answer varies depending on who’s asked.
1 thing was for sure: Washington, D.C., had a scene (and since has assembled a baseball-specific one). Las Vegas did not.
“I believe in the couple instances that I’ve attempted to actually do so, I think it was too early and we did not have a centre,” Stone said.
Weisbach went further, saying he believed that if Las Vegas needed a scene at that moment, the Expos would have proceeded west. This time, the plan is to build a stadium initially and deal with securing a team — if by relocation or expansion — instant.

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