© Reuters. NFL: Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders
(Reuters) – Raiders owner Mark Davis said Thursday that he was ready to buy the WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces from MGM Resorts (NYSE 🙂 International, expanding his sports presence in the city. Davis moved the NFL Raiders to Las Vegas from Oakland ahead of the current season and the team plays at the new $ 1.9 billion Allegiant Stadium near the Las Vegas Strip, not far from the Aces’ home on Mandalay Bay. Events Center. “I am excited to announce that I have signed an agreement to purchase the Las Vegas franchise at the WNBA for MGM Resorts International,” Davis said in a statement. “I will have more to say once I receive official approval from the WNBA Board of Governors and have had the opportunity to speak with the players, coaches and administrators of the team.” The Aces, who moved from San Antonio to Las Vegas before the 2018 season, are packed with young talent and reached the final last year behind the outstanding play by league MVP A’ja Wilson. “We can confirm that we have signed an agreement to sell Las Vegas Aces to Mark Davis and we are awaiting approval from the WNBA Board of Governors,” said George Kliavkoff, president of sports and entertainment for MGM Resorts International. “Mark is a longtime women’s basketball champion 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, the NBA and basketball in Las Vegas.” Davis is also a fan of the city’s other professional sports franchise, the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights, which plays at the T-Mobile Arena on Las Vegas Boulevard.