The NHL’s Golden Knights paved the way for major league sports in Las Vegas when they began play in 2017 and managed to make it all the way to the Stanley Cup Final.
They were ultimately defeated by the Washington Capitals, but the success of the Knights clearly enamored NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who announced in 2018 that the Oakland Raiders would be relocating to Vegas for the 2020 season once their billion dollar stadium is ready.
Now, however, it appears that MLB commish Rob Manfred could be scheming a potential expansion team to Nevada. Per news and rumor outlet, Vital Vegas, major league baseball could announce an expansion team as soon as the conclusion of the 2019 World Series.
As we've shared, MLB rumors related to Rio site faded when previous suitor dropped out. Fresh scoop: Now hear Major League Baseball plan moving forward, but on land purchased near South Point. Rumor is official announcement to follow World Series. All the sportsball! (1/2)— Vital Vegas (@VitalVegas) June 12, 2019
The veracity of this is far from confirmed, mind you. This is mere speculation and there's nothing substantial to back this claim up beyond these tweets.
Vital Vegas continued to claim that building permits have been revived for land on Las Vegas Blvd and that there's a rumored stadium being constructed near South Point.
Also hear numerous building permits have recently been reactivated for land on Las Vegas Blvd. between Mandalay Bay and M Resort. Lots of development pending in anticipation of rumored MLB stadium project near South Point. (2/2)— Vital Vegas (@VitalVegas) June 12, 2019
This has the potential to be a huge investment for Manfred and Co. because the Vegas Knights have already exemplified that locals and tourists are more than interested in venues that don't include casinos.
Only time will determine just how stable of legs this rumor stands on. Stay tuned for updates, folks.