Las Vegas to Host New Football League Championship

By Matt Swenson, October 31, 2018

Las Vegas has been selected as host of the first two Alliance of American Football championships.

The new football league, the brainchild of TV producer Charlie Ebersol, will kick off its inaugural season Feb. 9. While Las Vegas isn’t represented in the eight-team league, all roads will lead to Sam Boyd Stadium. The title game will be played April 27.

Additionally, MGM Resorts International is partnering with the AAF. Fans inside stadiums can use MGM’s app to place bets on outcomes.

The nascent league has star power—at least among its coaches, including Steve Spurrier, Mike Singletary and Dennis Erickson.

Vegas had a team in the Vince McMahon-led XFL in 2001, and the Raiders are scheduled to move to the city from Oakland in 2020.

Ebersol left open the possibility AAF may add a team to Las Vegas, which has grown into a pro sports hot spot thanks to the success of the NHL’s Golden Knights.

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