Las Vegas, Nevada. As you read those words, you probably envisioned the famous Vegas Strip, Vegas showgirls, and all the opportunities to gamble. Maybe you see a party city where what happens there, stays there.
The point I'm making is that Las Vegas wasn't built as a sports city. Of course, that doesn't mean the city wasn't a huge spot for sportsbetting, but there was no local team to root for.
Fast forward to 2017, and the Las Vegas Golden Knights were formed as an NHL expansion team, marking the city's first professional sports franchise ever. This was followed up by the Las Vegas Aces in 2018, who started as a bottom-rung contender but made it to the finals last season. As for the Golden Knights, they managed to make it to the Stanley Cup Finals in their first year as a team before losing the series in five games. Unfortunately for Las Vegas, blowing it at the last moment has been a reoccurring theme with their sports franchises.
The Raiders moved to Las Vegas in 2020, and while they started out with one of the more promising records in the NFL, they nose-dived into obscurity in the last few weeks of the season. In fact, they finished 9-7 and 3-5 in their last eight games of the season. It was like watching a car accident happen in slow motion week by week.
Now we have the Oakland Athletics possibly moving to Las Vegas. It seems like the city might be on the verge of finally producing a championship team. The fans need it. Will it be the Golden Knights? The Aces? Perhaps your money is on the Raiders.