Las Vegas to vote on pro soccer stadium as city aims to boost sports betting

  • City Council to vote on stadium lease for soccer team
  • NFL’s Oakland Raiders have already relocated to Vegas

The Las Vegas City Council will vote next week on whether a United Soccer League team can take up the lease for the Cashman Field. If approved, the team will begin playing there from 2018 – and Las Vegas will finally have a professional soccer team to call its own.

The news of a potential soccer setup comes shortly after the Oakland Raiders confirmed that Vegas would be their home from 2019 – or as soon as the Las Vegas Stadium is complete.

Cashman Field Las Vegas. Photo: @LasVegas51s.

Sports team moves are good news for betting fans

Nevada is one of just four states in the US which currently allows sports betting. Along with Delaware, Montana and Oregon, Nevada already had laws in place protecting sports betting when the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act was passed. While this law prevented states from operating betting books, those four states were able to revert to their existing laws and operate outside of federal requirements.

However, up to 42% of Americans have expressed support for legalizing sports betting and many people partake in betting activities through illegal online casino services. In Nevada, sports betting is a common activity and there are many companies offering the service. Bringing new sports teams to Las Vegas will certainly bring a renewed interest in sports betting, and will give local bookmakers the chance to inject a little competition into the market.

Conflict between gambling states and sports operators

The National Football League has previously stated that it opposes sports betting, on the grounds that involving gambling can lead to corruption within sports. As sports involve skill and not chance, the NFL argues that it could impact on the game’s integrity. However, they have approved the Raiders’ move to Las Vegas despite reservations over the state’s sports betting laws – and now the USL have followed suit.

On the other hand, The American Gaming Association is hoping to increase the availability of sports betting. They established a coalition last month which will lobby for the total repeal of the sports book ban.

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