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Morning Line- Bill Foley

“We’re having a great time, our fans are all over it. Every game here is like a playoff game. Our players tell me that when we are on the ice, this is like no other arena in the league. There is so much noise, so much excitement. It’s terrific.

“This was a gigantic win.”

-Bill Foley, owner of the Vegas Golden Knights after his team defeated the Tampa Bay Lighting last night.  Ed Graney of the Las Vegas Review-Journal has more.

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Meet the Las Vegas NHL team’s Mr. Everything

Yahoo Sport's Josh Cooper profiled Murray Craven, whose role with the Las Vegas NHL franchise is...Well, complicated:

Murray Craven doesn’t have an official title with the Las Vegas NHL team but that’s because he doesn’t have one specific role in one specific area.

He’s helping the team design their locker room. He’s working on the Summerlin-area construction of the practice facility, which also includes the team’s office space. He guided billionaire owner Bill Foley to hire George McPhee as the team’s general manager.

“At this point I just do the work,” said Craven who played 1,071 games in his NHL career between the Detroit Red Wings, Philadelphia Flyers, Hartford Whalers, Vancouver Canucks, Chicago Blackhawks and San Jose Sharks. “I know what’s out there. I know what needs to be done and that’s what I do.”

The 52-year-old Craven is a living, walking embodiment that timing can help in the successes of life. If he hadn’t met Foley while playing golf in Whitefish, Montana in the early part of last decade, he may not have had this opportunity – to help mold and create the first major pro sports team in Las Vegas.

But his ability to successfully do his job is more than just luck. Through those trips to the golf course and personal time with Foley the two have built up a level of trust and understanding where Craven has quickly become one of the few people who can help build this team in Foley’s image.

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Bill Foley’s Dream Team

from Ed Graney of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

His vision for a Las Vegas team: Think the New England Patriots....

Foley would encourage an atmosphere of discipline and accountability, with quotes from Patton about how perseverance, study and eternal desire can make any man great and ones from MacArthur about there being no security on earth but rather only opportunity, being displayed in the locker room.

He would have hockey people handle hockey business.

“I would know what’s going on at all times,” Foley said this week from his Las Vegas office across the street from TPC Summerlin. “I’m not going to let anyone screw things up. I know what I know. But whoever we would hire can certainly convince me of things. I would want open-minded people who want to be part of a team and who listen to others, but when tough decisions need to be made, you make them.

“Team work. No bickering. Free communication. The ability to talk to anyone up and down the line with no fear of retribution. A free flow of information. I talk to everyone in my organizations. I find out who’s working hard and who isn’t, and what’s good and what’s bad, and how we can do a better job from the bottom up.

“You delegate responsibility and give people the authority to make decisions within a certain area. And if they sway from it, I stop them. People would want to play here. They should believe in me, have confidence in me that we would be very successful in a positive environment. Hockey guys are good people. They don’t screw around. They’re fighters. They want to win.”

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Afternoon Line- Bill Foley

"I don't ask a lot of questions. I understand they want to get it right. And I don't blame them. This is a huge decision that is going to affect the NHL for years to come. But I'm not a patient guy by nature. However, I've learned to be patient. At least for this project.

"I don't want to upset the other owners because I want to be one of them one of these days, so I try to keep my mouth shut."

-Bill Foley, prospective owner of an NHL team in Las Vegas.  More from Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

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Donald Fehr weighs in on expansion

The Las Vegas Review-Journal's Steve Carp spoke with two intriguing people regarding the state of expansion in the NHL. One of them is Bill Foley, the man in charge of the Las Vegas expansion franchise-to-be, and the other is NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr.

We haven't heard from Fehr regarding the intricacies of expansion as of yet, but from Fehr's point of view, expansion is a good thing...

"As a general rule the players are in favor of expansion because it creates additional revenue and additional jobs," Fehr said. "If you were to be in a situation where expansion had a detrimental effect on revenue and it was impacting salaries, then it wouldn't make sense."

But Fehr's not going to budge regarding players with no-move clauses being drafted by an expansion team:

Fehr said he doesn't believe the current agreement that allows players to have a no move clause in their contract would change were there to be expansion.

"If a player has a no move, then it's a no mover," he said. "I would anticipate it would be the same if there is an expansion draft."

Carp and Fehr continue, discussing the salary cap's implications upon expansion from a spending perspective:

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Board of Governors receive salary cap update, discuss centennial season & expansion’s…status quo

The NHL's Board of Governors met on Monday, and NHL.com's Dan Rosen reports that the Board of Governors received an estimate as to where the 2016-17 salary cap's upper limit might lie...

The NHL's salary cap for the 2016-17 season could go up approximately $3 million, Commissioner Gary Bettman said Monday at the Board of Governors meeting.

The salary cap for the 2015-16 season is $71.4 million. It increased $2.4 million from 2014-15 to 2015-16.

"We gave them a very, very, very rough projection on what the cap could conceivably be next season, which will be somewhere between where it is now and up $3 million, in that range," Commissioner Bettman said. "That will depend on a variety of factors."

And the Canadian Press's Stephen Whyno reports that the NHL is considering its options for its centennial season...

Plans for the NHL's centennial celebration are ongoing, and Bettman said the NHL had hired former IMG executive producer Steve Mayer as executive vice-president and executive producer, programming and creative development. Even though no announcements were made about what's to come in 2017, Toronto and Montreal are expected to be focal points.

"We think it's important to recognize the 100th anniversary of the league, which happens to be in conjunction with the 375th anniversary of the founding of Montreal, Canada's sesquicentennial and the 125th anniversary of the Stanley Cup," Bettman said. "We're looking forward to that."

But what are the plans regarding expansion? That's harder to determine, as the Associated Press notes:

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Bill Foley Says Las Vegas Is “In Good Shape” Regarding Expansion

from Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

Bill Foley knows he's playing a waiting game with the NHL in his attempt to bring an expansion franchise to Las Vegas. But with the news coming out of Seattle about two possible arena proposals, it's possible that Foley may have to wait a little longer.

The Seattle Times reported that the NHL is keeping an eye on a proposed arena in Seattle's Sodo District that Chris Hansen is looking to build. If the NHL were to wait on Seattle, it could be 2018-19 before the team could begin play.

Foley has his sights set on playing in 2017, if not sooner. But he may have to wait longer if Seattle becomes in play.

"I'm aware of what's going on (in Seattle) but in my communication with the league, our situation isn't dependent on third parties," Foley said Tuesday. "We believe we're in good shape and we're proceeding as if we will play in 2017."

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Don Cherry waxes nostalgic about the Nordiques-Canadiens rivalry

Don Cherry engaged in some story-telling on Wednesday afternoon:

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Vegas waiting on the NHL

From John Branch of the New York Times:

In a city built on chance, it feels like a safe bet that the N.H.L. will become the first major professional sports league to plant a franchise in this gambling and entertainment oasis in the desert.

The outer walls of a new arena are going up behind the New York-New York casino, and the interior is perfectly configured for hockey, from the dressing rooms to the press box.

The wealthy businessman Bill Foley is leading the way for an expansion team, bolstering his bid group with the Maloofs, a family of market-savvy former N.B.A. team owners with long ties to Las Vegas.

A goal of securing deposits on 10,000 season tickets was met this spring faster than anyone had expected, with the number sitting at 11,500, according to Foley, plus another 1,000 unpaid commitments from casinos and other businesses.

Now, N.H.L. owners are headed here for meetings and the league’s annual awards gala Wednesday at the MGM Grand, part of the same resort company that owns New York-New York and is building the arena.

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Gary Bettman attends opener of Las Vegas season ticket drive

On Tuesday, something a little puzzling happened: the NHL's commissioner visited a season ticket drive for a franchise that does not exist--not yet, anyway--while insisting that he's not necessarily supporting Bill Foley and the Maloof family's Las Vegas expansion plans. ESPN's Scott Burnside noted the strangeness of the situation:

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, who attended a news conference at the MGM Grand Casino to kick off the drive, insisted that the NHL hasn't made any commitment to anyone regarding becoming the first major professional sports league to venture into the gambling and tourist mecca.

"We're not in the expansion process and I need to keep making that clear,'' Bettman said.

Still, the optics of Bettman's presence for many observers were more powerful than words and seemed to indicate the NHL was in fact ready to make the expansion plunge provided the ticket drive is as successful, as a number of sources expect it to be.

Even before potential owners Bill Foley and the Las Vegas-based Maloof family started taking deposits on season tickets from interested fans on Tuesday afternoon, sources told ESPN.com that more than 9,000 individuals had reached out to organizers to express interest in paying to watch NHL hockey in Las Vegas.

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Bettman told ESPN.com that Foley and his group have committed a lot of time and money (close to $2 million, a source told ESPN.com) and that Foley had invited him to attend the media event to see the level of enthusiasm and support for hockey in the city.

"I figured why not go out and see what he's got?" Bettman said shortly before boarding a flight back to New York.

"The event was well done," he added. "There was a big turnout and a high level of enthusiasm."

Edit: The Las Vegas Review-Journal's Alan Snel also provides the Nevadan perspective:

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If Las Vegas lands an NHL team, it may omit ‘Las Vegas’ from its name

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal's Alan Snel, if the group pushing for an expansion team in "Sin City" has its way, "Las Vegas" may not appear in the team's name, in no small part to distance the teams identity from Vegas' sports gambling industry: :

Las Vegas or Nevada?

Bill Foley, the Florida billionaire pushing for an NHL team at the new arena being built on the Strip, said Tuesday he prefers Nevada over Las Vegas in the team’s official name.

But Foley, partnering with the Maloof brothers of Las Vegas on the NHL team deal, said that before he commits to the geography of his franchise’s official name, he wants to consult with his public relations and social media agencies, R&R Partners of Las Vegas and Digital Royalty in downtown Las Vegas.

Nevada “has a good catch to it. It’s more inclusive,” Foley said.

“I’ll follow up on that. It has a lot of merit. I prefer it. We want to include everyone,” Foley said. “All we need now is to sell the tickets and get the team

Continued, and remember, it's Nev-AD-a, not Ne-VAH-da...

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Bill Foley’s Ticket Plan For Las Vegas

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Foley's plan is two-pronged, he told ESPN.com. First, he and his Las Vegas-based partners, the Maloof family -- former owners of the Palms Casino and former owners of the NBA's Sacramento Kings -- will put out a call for individuals and businesses to express their formal interest in supporting an NHL team.

Foley hopes that response, which would not require a monetary commitment, will be measured in the tens of thousands of dollars.

Then, during the second phase, Foley and his group will ask for a commitment from those people/businesses in terms of some form of down payments or deposits on season tickets.

Foley is hopeful that if the NHL agrees to this two-part plan, then the league would be able to provide more clarity on the possibilities of an expansion team in Las Vegas, assuming the initial numbers are positive.

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