Las Vegas and Quebec City’s expansion bids have earned the attention of the NHL by getting through the first phase of the expansion process, but there’s still more hurdles they must clear in order to earn franchises.
Bill Foley, who is leading the charge to bring hockey to Vegas, announced that they’ve been asked to participate in Phase II.
“In this phase, we will be providing the League with additional information, including information about the Las Vegas market and the MGM AEG Arena being developed between Monte Carlo and New York New York,” Foley explained in a statement. “We will also be permitted access to information provided by the League that it deems important to us. We are hopeful that at the conclusion of this phase, the League will invite us to participate in Phase III.”
Quebecor has gotten the same invitation by the NHL for its Quebec City bid, per TSN’s Frank Seravalli.
Meanwhile, Quebecor is seeking partners to help cover the $500 million expansion fee while Poker star Daniel Negreanu would like to buy a stake in the prospective Vegas team.