Billionaire Wes Edens Expands Into Las Vegas

September 21, 2021 0 Comments

Billionaire and Aston Villa co-owner Wes Edens is looking to expand into Las Vegas. He and fellow co-owner Nassef Sawiris have trademarked ‘Las Vegas Villans’ as the first step in their hopes to expand the Major League Soccer franchise into Las Vegas. Other investors, such as Bill Foley, are also interested in heading up the expansion.

MLS commissioner Don Garber has stated that the possibility of the league entering into the city is “interesting”, noting that Las Vegas is a market poised to “explode” because of its rapid population growth and booming economy. Garber referenced past successes of other sports franchises, including the National Hockey League’s Las Vegas Golden Knights, as evidence of a successful MLS expansion into the city. He also notes that various large events, including the Gold Cup and Leagues Cup, have been held successfully in Las Vegas. Garber hopes to have the league welcome its 30th member before the 2026 World Cup, in order to ensure that they’ll have a fully expanded league by that date.

Garber heaped praise onto Wes Edens, noting Edens’ business acumen and successful track record as an investor. He also praised Wes Edens personally, remarking on his personal qualities, and noted that he was “intrigued” by Wes Edens’ desire to expand the franchise into Las Vegas.

While Garber is excited for what lies ahead, and for the success that MLS could see in Las Vegas, he remains tight-lipped on further details, saying that it’s “premature” to comment further, given that specific details are still up in the air.

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