The Las Vegas NHL expansion team set to begin play in 2017 has a name and a logo. The team won't even be "Las Vegas", as the franchise will go simply by "Vegas" and play as the "Golden Knights".
The team will begin play the 2017-18 NHL season, the hundredth season of league play. The team will play at the new T-Mobile Arena that opened this year in Paradise, Nevada, the municipality that includes the Vegas Strip. The team will be the first major professional sports team to play in the Las Vegas area, although the NFL's Oakland Raiders could still potentially join them there.
Vegas is the first expansion team to join the National Hockey League since the Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild in the 2000-01 season. They are the first team to join one of the traditional four major leagues since the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats (now Hornets) in 2004-05. 2016 saw no expansion in North America's six largest leagues after 2015 introduced New York City FC and Orlando City SC to Major League Soccer and 2014 saw the debut of the Canadian Football League's Ottawa Redblacks. 2017 will see three new teams begin play in the major leagues, as Atlanta United FC and Minnesota United FC will debut in MLS months before Vegas hits the ice. 2018 has Los Angeles FC and perhaps another MLS team lined up.
Little Caesars Arena is Downtown Detroit will not only play host to the Detroit Red Wings when it opens next season, but also the NBA's Detroit Pistons as announced Tuesday.
The Pistons have played in suburban Auburn Hills, Michigan at The Palace of Auburn Hills since 1988. The team maintained complete control over its facility but the distance from Downtown Detroit (Auburn Hills isn't even in the same Metropolitan Division) proved to be sufficient reasoning enough for the Pistons to pull the trigger.
The facility will hold 20,000 for Red Wings games and 21,000 for Pistons matches.
Monumental Sports & Entertainment was already getting into the arena football business with the expansion Washington Valor in 2017, but the league announced Monday Monumental will own a second expansion team starting at the same time.
The as of yet unnamed team will play at Baltimore's Royal Farms Arena and will be both the fifth team in the Arena Football League and the fifth professional sports franchise owned by Monumental. Monumental's Capitals (NHL), Mystics (WNBA), Valor (AFL) and Wizards (NBA) all play at Verizon Center in Washington.
Despite being the second league team owned by Monumental, the Baltimore team may be better positioned heading into the season. While the Valor will have to compete against Monumental's three other teams for dates and fans and also Georgetown basketball at the arena alone, the only other tenant at Royal Farms Arena is the Baltimore Blast of the Major Arena Soccer League.