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In this June 17, 2016 photo, an advertisement plays on a screen at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. A National Hockey League plan to expand to Las Vegas is being cheered by fans and backers of a years-long effort to get a pro sports franchise in Sin City, but hockey will have to elbow into a crowded entertainment lineup featuring casino games, celebrity shows, Cirque du Soleil productions and pulsing nightclubs – not to mention boxing matches, UFC fights and events like the National Finals Rodeo. (John Locher/AP)
In this June 17, 2016 photo, an advertisement plays on a screen at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. A National Hockey League plan to expand to Las Vegas is being cheered by fans and backers of a years-long effort to get a pro sports franchise in Sin City, but hockey will have to elbow into a crowded entertainment lineup featuring casino games, celebrity shows, Cirque du Soleil productions and pulsing nightclubs – not to mention boxing matches, UFC fights and events like the National Finals Rodeo. (John Locher/AP)
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The National Hockey League is expanding to Las Vegas. It's the first time the city will be home to a big league sports team because of long-held fears that any franchise operating in the gambling mecca would be vulnerable to betting. Team owner Bill Foley says the yet-to-be-named team will cater to local residents and has already sold 14,000 season tickets ahead of next season's debut.

Here & Now's Robin Young talks to sports analyst Mike Pesca.

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Mike Pesca, Here & Now sports analyst, host of the daily podcast The Gist on Slate.

This segment aired on June 23, 2016.

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