Las Vegas and Quebec City are getting closer in their bids to land an NHL franchise team.
Today in New York, Quebecor, a Montreal-based communication company, and a Bill Foley led group are scheduled to make presentations to the league’s executive committee. The league has already examined each market and both groups’ arena plans after being selected out of 16 expansion applicants. This is the third and final stage to potentially bring the NHL to both Vegas and Quebec City.
NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly wrote in an email that the executive committee will then report to the NHL Board Of Governors. He said the “evaluation process will continue” and that there was “no defined timeline.”
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said earlier this month that the league is “not feeling any timeline pressure,” in the expansion process. Bettman proposed an expansion fee of $500 million and it is expected to take at least two years before the NHL would potentially have 32 teams playing.
An NHL franchise in Las Vegas would be the first for any of the major sports leagues in the city.
As for Quebec City it has just recently unveiled its new arena, the Videotron Centre, a state of the art 18,259-seat arena that was built for an NHL team.