Move over Vegas Golden Knights, you are no longer the only professional sports team in sin city.
The WNBA is adding the Los Vegas Aces for the 2018 season. This is the relocation of the San Antonio Stars.
I really like this move. Vegas is a big sports town without the teams to match. This gives them a second sports team in a professional league, before the Oakland Raiders come to town. Gives sports fans another option other than hockey ,or minor league baseball.
Basketball does have a good shot of success in Vegas. The NBA hosts the summer league there, the Reno Big Horns of the G League set up shop not far away.
This summers Big3 summer league hosted the championships there.
Plus, the Mountain West Conference hosts their tournament for basketball at the Thomas and Mack Center, home to UNLV hoops.
It also puts the Aces out of the shadow of the Spurs. With the Stars struggling and the Spurs almost always in the playoffs, it could be easy to see where the Stars could be ignored.
Vegas doesn’t have pro basketball so there’s only one ticket in town for that.
The name is pretty solid. It goes well with the gambling nature of Vegas. However, what a boring logo. I do like the red, silver and black color scheme and it does look like the logo has a metallic look to it which is cool. Yet, its mostly a bunch of triangles. Boring and not something I want to wear on a t-shirt.
They could have done a better job of playing with the cities gambling theme in the logo, but it wasn’t done.
Though buzz for this team is high. They have a new coach in Bill Laimbeer. They also hold the number one pick in the WNBA draft.
This is the second year in a row for them to draft in the number one slot, with which the then Stars selected Kelsey Plum.
Wishing the Aces best of luck this season. This is a great move and I hope it works well for future expansion in the WNBA.