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Report: BOG to vote on Vegas expansion in September

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From the Las Vegas Review-Journal:

The National Hockey League Board of Governors will vote on a Las Vegas franchise bid in September, the MGM International executive heading up construction of the company’s new Strip arena said Friday.

During a media tour of the arena project, Mark Prows, MGM’s senior vice president of arenas, said the board will “socialize” with Bill Foley’s franchise team during its June meeting in Las Vegas, and will hold a formal vote on Foley’s expansion team proposal when it next meets, in September.

That’s certainly a little more than NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was willing to say a couple of weeks ago.

“When we get to the [board of governors] meeting in June I will report to the board as to where things stand based on the expressions of interest and we’ll figure out then what, if anything, we want to do,” said Bettman.

And when reached by email, deputy commissioner Bill Daly told PHT the report was “extremely premature.”

“The Board hasn’t even determined what next steps, if any, it should entertain with respect to expansion generally,” wrote Daly.

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