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Floyd Mayweather says he’s “working behind the scenes” to bring NBA to Las Vegas

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Billionaire LeBron James says he’d like to be part of an extended NBA team in Las Vegas.

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So is boxing legend Floyd Mayweather, and he told reporters he’s working on it. From the Las Vegas Review-Journal (hat tip BasketballNews.com).

“I’ve been talking to some people over the past six months,” Mayweather said Monday at the M Resort Spa casino after an exhibition fight was announced against Japanese mixed martial artist Mikuru Asakura. “It’s something I’ve been working on behind the scenes, but I’ve never really gone out and talked about it publicly with the media.

“Me and my team worked behind the scenes with the NBA. I can’t say exactly where, but I’m working on recruiting a team.”

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Mayweather is from Las Vegas. He didn’t talk about bringing the team to Seattle or Louisville or anywhere else. He also said that his net worth is over $1 billion.

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Mayweather regularly appears on the courts at NBA games and is close to many players. Mayweather will be part of a group buying the team, and it’s unclear who else will pour billions into that group (and that’s billions to buy an NBA club). City officials and billionaires in many cities are discussing expansion with the league (or buying an existing team and relocating it, an idea Silver and the league don’t like), but Oak View Group in Las Vegas is well connected and you seem to be doing the right thing.

While Seattle and Las Vegas are considered leaders in expansion, the NBA is not expanding anywhere in the near future. Adam Silver has made it clear that the NBA is not talking about this right now. Maybe the league—that is, the team owners—will expand after a new CBA and TV deal is struck, but even so, the owners need to be convinced that the increase in revenue and franchise value from the new teams will more than make up for the lost money. television/basketball income.



Source: nba.nbcsports.com

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