Soccer may be coming to Sin City sooner than expected and the lead man responsible for this is none other than soccer legend David Beckham. At a recent meeting between Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis and Las Vegas government officials, David Beckham added a new dynamic as to why the proposed $1.4 billion, 65,000 seat stadium should be built. Beckham argued that the stadium could generate revenue beyond just housing a football team by bringing European soccer clubs to Las Vegas for summer exhibition matches that could fill up the stadium and turn into weeklong festivities as well as maybe one day housing an MLS franchise. This argument should hit a cord with Las Vegas mayor Carolyn Goodman because she has been a longtime proponent of bringing an MLS team to one of the most renowned cities in the world. While a prospective ownership group has yet to approach the league office with a plan to bring the MLS to Las Vegas, if the stadium is built it is highly likely they will be able to find an MLS team to set its roots down because the MLS has been recently looking to aggressively expand from its current 20 size limit to 28 teams by the end of the decade.
Furthermore, Vegas is already a popular destination for major international stars like Lionel Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Cristiano Ronaldo. If marketed correctly, summer exhibition matches with star teams may not be too difficult to bring in because these star players with massive influence in their organizations have an incentive to combine work with play. What do you guys think about bringing soccer to Sin City?
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