Las Vegas Aces Sold to Raiders Owner Mark Davis

MGM Resorts has sold the Las Vegas Aces to Raiders owner Mark Davis.

In case you aren’t a sportball person, the Las Vegas Aces are a WNBA (Women’s National Basketball Association) team.

The WNBA is almost like real sports, just with far fewer people in attendance.

Las Vegas Aces

We kid, Las Vegas Aces. You are no more boring than any other sport!

We mainly know of the Aces because we broke the story that would be their name when they came to Las Vegas. Simpler times.

Although no financial details have been disclosed, we have to believe the sale of the Aces involved upwards of dozens of dollars.

In a news release, MGM President of Entertainment & Sports George Kliavkoff said, “We can confirm we have entered into an agreement to sell the Las Vegas Aces to Mark Davis and are awaiting approval from the WNBA Board of Governors. Mark is a longtime champion of women’s basketball and we believe he is the right person to lead the Aces into a new era. We will continue our enthusiastic support of the WNBA, NBA and basketball in Las Vegas.”

Translation: MGM Resorts can’t afford any loss leaders moving forward.

Here’s where things get interesting, though.

It’s always been assumed MGM Resorts’ ownership of the Las Vegas Aces gave them a leg up for an NBA expansion team.

It’s also always been assumed that NBA team would play in T-Mobile Arena.

Now, all those assumptions are out the lanai doors.

Yes, Las Vegas is getting an NBA expansion team. We put it on our list of 2021 predictions, so it has to be true. We also told you it was happening in a Tweet back in 2018.

NBA Tweet

Wow, that NBA logo almost looks like it says “NDA.” Awkward.

Allegiant Stadium can host basketball as well as football, so this leads to some intriguing permutations down the road.

Mark Davis said he’ll share more when he’s received official approval of the sale from the WNBA Board of Governors, and when he’s had a chance to speak with the team.

One big upside of the purchase of a woman’s basketball team is no way in hell women let Mark Davis keep his current haircut. Everybody wins.

There’s more to come, and we’ll leave the sports coverage to those who actually know what they’re talking about.

It feels like 2021 is going to be as weird as 2020, so keep those aforementioned loins girded.

14 thoughts on “Las Vegas Aces Sold to Raiders Owner Mark Davis

  1. Dean

    I don’t think the NBA would play in Allegiant. It’s too big with too poor of sight lines for the game. However, maybe they end up in the new arena on the north end of the strip?

  2. Mike Alexakis

    There is zero chance any NBA or WNBA team would play in a football stadium, especially in Las Vegas which has basketball ready arenas everywhere you look, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, Orleans, T Mobile, and UNLV… The only time basketball is held in a football stadium regularly is for the NCAA Final Four, the only other example I can think of is UCLA vs Houston in 1968 at the Astrodome, Lou Alcindor vs Elvin Hayes… I got to go as a kid to the rematch at the L.A. Sports Arena in the 1969 Final Four…

    1. Dirk Nowtizki

      Not all home games but an All-Star game, Maybe a Lakers game with LeBron, their first game, a Christmas game, Opening Night, etc.

      For 1-2 games per season, Allegiant could work.

      1. Mike Alexakis

        Yes indeed, my Lakers are the very best draw in basketball, worthy of selling out almost any arena… If you play your home games in a football stadium you are giving away your home court advantage, the electricity you get from screaming fans nearby is worth points, ask any lines maker… Three is the number of points in the NFL, I think it varies in the NBA, depending on the venue…

  3. JeffinOKC

    I recall the SuperSonics played in the Seattle Kingdome for several years and the Detroit Pistons played in the Pontiac Silverdome. Something like the late 1970s-80s. Previous posters are right, it is not a good playing or viewing experience.

    I don’t think the WNBA is a potential gateway into the NBA anymore. It might have been several years ago, but the NBA is no longer committed to keeping the link as strong as it was. They have let the WNBA find it’s own level, which may not line up with the men’s vision.

    I think Jim Murren really wanted an NBA team, both personally and for MGM. And I think he took every opportunity to prove to the league and overall sports world that Las Vegas would be a long term success. I think the Golden Knights success and the arrival of the Raiders have proved him right. I don’t think Las Vegas is deep and wide enough for a third Major League in 5 years.

  4. Johnny Canuck

    Raptors played some games at the Skydome/Rogers Centre early on. It wasn’t great but, for an expansion team it was enough. they used temporary stands on one side of the court which was around home plate.


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