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The road to professional sports in Las Vegas will be paved in ice

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On the eve of the anticipated Pro Hockey announcement in Las Vegas, and two days from potential new details being released about a professional football stadium in Las Vegas, comes another promising announcement.

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This time from the Commissioner of Major League Baseball.

"I see Vegas as a viable alternative. Um, I would not disqualify it just because of the gambling issue," said Commissioner Rob Manfred.

Commissioner Rob Manfred gave that statement to a pair of radio hosts in New York Tuesday. The clip was later posted on Twitter.

One person who's not surprised is Brookings Mountain West Executive Director, Rob Lang. "I think we'll get it done. I think it makes sense," said Lang.

Lang believes the growth of major league sports in Las Vegas is inevitable.

"Here's why," said Lang. "We grew 46-thousand people last year. We're over 2.1 million now. We're going to go to 2.4 or 2.5 within 10-years."

Lang adds, with the gambling issue now moot, what was really needed was someone to make that critical first move: Hockey!

"Any of these sorts of arguments you may have made regarding major league sports and its incompatibility with our city's economy are completely false," said Lang.

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The road to professional sports in Las Vegas will have been paved in ice, but after that Lang says, it's anybody's game.

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