Wayne Gretzky, Steve Nash and Dustin Johnson join Joe Tsai as owners of the Vegas lacrosse team


Further details have been revealed on the 15th National Lacrosse League franchise.

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  • Vegas team to play home games at Michelob Ultra Arena
  • The franchise will join the league from the 2022/23 season
  • Mark Fine appointed CEO of the organization

Great ice hockey player Wayne Gretzky, golfer Dustin Johnson and former basketball star Steve Nash have joined Alibaba co-founder billionaire Joseph Tsai as owners of a new professional lacrosse team at Las Vegas.

Sportico revealed last month that Tsai secured a National Lacrosse League (NLL) expansion team in Las Vegas, but additional details at the time were scarce.

Nash is the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA), which is also owned by Tsai, while Johnson is Gretzky’s son-in-law.

In addition to the franchise co-owners, it has also been confirmed that the team will play at MGM Resorts International’s Michelob Ultra Arena starting in the 2022/23 season, becoming the 15th team in the NLL.

Michelob Ultra Arena, which is located inside the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, is also home to the Las Vegas Aces of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) and has hosted Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) events.

The name, logo and colors of the Las Vegas lacrosse franchise will be revealed at a later date, but it has also been announced that Mark Fine will be the team’s general manager.

The owners said in a joint statement that they wanted to involve fans in “how we launch and grow our franchise,” including the selection of the team name.

“It is an honor and a privilege to work together to bring the game of box lacrosse to the Las Vegas community,” the statement said. “The people of Las Vegas have proven how passionate and supportive they are about professional sports franchises which they can call their own. We look forward to making a difference here, on the pitch and in the community, and becoming a franchise that Las Vegas fans will be truly proud to support. ‘

The Vegas Lacrosse team will be the last professional sports franchise to arrive in the city of Nevada, which, in addition to the Aces, is home to the Vegas Golden Knights of the National Hockey League (NHL) and the Las Vegas Raiders of the National Football League (NFL).

Sportico previously reported that the value of the Vegas expansion team was “in line” with the price recently paid for the NLL’s Saskatchewan Rush, which the sports store said cost the NLL more than $ 10 million. Priestner family.

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