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The XFL has cemented the cities it will play in upon its return to play in 2023 and assigned coaches to the teams, Pro Football Network reported Sunday.

XFL teams are set for three Texas cities — Houston, Dallas and San Antonio — as well as Seattle, Las Vegas, Orlando, St. Louis and Washington, D.C.

The XFL named the coaches in April and still have not officially announced the cities. The league also has not confirmed where each coach will be assigned.

Per Pro Football Network, Wade Phillips is heading home to Houston, where he went to college and once was an assistant coach with the NFL’s Texans. He also was the head coach of the Denver Broncos, Buffalo Bills and Dallas Cowboys.

Joining him in Texas are former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, who will lead the Dallas team, and Super Bowl-winning wide receiver Hines Ward, who will be the head coach in San Antonio.

Stoops was the head coach of the Dallas Renegades in the XFL in 2020 before it ended the season prematurely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Former New Orleans Saints head coach Jim Haslett will coach the Seattle team.

The four other teams will be led by first-time head coaches at the pro level: Reggie Barlow in Washington, D.C., Pro Football Hall of Fame member Rod Woodson in Las Vegas, Terrell Buckley in Orlando and Anthony Becht in St. Louis.

Ward also is a first-time head coach.

The rebooted XFL is scheduled to begin play Feb. 18, 2023, less than a week after the NFL plays Super Bowl LVII at Phoenix.

NBA expansion always seems to be a trending topic near the end of every single season. The NBA has not added a new team since the Charlotte Bobcats organization back in 2004, but this has not stopped many from speculating what the future of the league is going to look like.

This past Thursday, NBA commissioner Adam Silver spoke to the media ahead of the start of the 2022 NBA Finals and one of the topics that was brought to his attention was the possibility of league expansion given rumors that Las Vegas and Seattle could be awarded with expansion franchises as soon as 2024 when the league’s media rights deal expires.

Silver made his intentions and that of the league very clear though, stating that these rumors are not true and that while at some point the league will expand, “it’s not at this moment that we are discussing it.”

Las Vegas has turned itself into more than just gambling and sports betting, as it has suddenly become a massive area with plenty of opportunities for investors and sports leagues. The NHL, WNBA and NFL all have successful franchises and with talks of the MLB possibly looking into moving a team to Las Vegas, the NBA could eventually follow suit.

NBA Summer League has been hosted by Las Vegas on the campus of UNLV since 2004 and with the success this has brought every single year to the area, Mayor Carolyn Goodman believes that the NBA will reach a deal with the city in the coming years to bring a new basketball franchise to Las Vegas.

“I really do believe NBA will be among the next,” Goodman told 13 Action News. “We certainly have the WNBA, that was why that was there, a sort of ‘let’s see how they do,’ and they’ve done remarkably well.”

Along with hosting Summer League in Las Vegas, Team USA basketball sets up their training camps and games there as well, giving the NBA more reason to add a Las Vegas team to their league.

At some point, the league is going to expand and as of right now, Las Vegas finds themselves in the driver’s seat to be awarded yet another professional sports franchise.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. has his sights set on NBA ownership.

The boxing legend revealed Monday that he’s been “working behind the scenes” on owning an NBA team, according to Sam Gordon of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

“I’ve been talking to certain individuals for the last six months,” Mayweather said. “That’s something I’ve been working on behind the scenes, but I’ve never came out and publicly talked about that with the media.

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

Mayweather resides in Las Vegas, which has been rumored as a potential city for NBA expansion. Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James has also expressed interest in owning an NBA team in Sin City.

Commissioner Adam Silver told reporters recently that the NBA isn’t currently discussing expansion but said it’s “invariable at some point the league will expand.”

LeBron James wants to see his dreams of owning an NBA franchise realized in Las Vegas.

Speaking on an upcoming episode of HBO’s “The Shop,” the Los Angeles Lakers star opened up about his desires for the next chapter of his career once his playing days conclude.

“Yeah, I wanna buy a team, for sure. … I want a team in Vegas,” James said.

The NBA currently has no concrete expansion plans in place. Commissioner Adam Silver recently denied a rumor that the 30-team league was considering Las Vegas and Seattle as candidates to host expansion franchises as soon as 2024.

James, who recently became the league’s first active player with an estimated net worth of $1 billion, previously opened up about his goal of owning an NBA franchise last season.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver shot down rumblings Thursday about potential league expansion.

“The talk of expansion after 2024 is not true. We are not discussing that at this time,” Silver told reporters ahead of Game 1 of The Finals between the Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors, per Spotrac’s Keith Smith.

A report last month by Portland-based columnist John Canzano said the NBA has Seattle and Las Vegas earmarked as candidates for expansion in 2024 when the league’s current media deal expires.

Despite denying the rumor, Silver provided a glimmer of hope for possible new franchises, saying that “it’s invariable at some point the league will expand.”

Seattle has long been rumored as a site for expansion and relocation ever since losing the SuperSonics franchise to Oklahoma City, which then became the Thunder.

Las Vegas has been given new franchises in the NHL, NFL, and WNBA within the last five years.

The NBA hasn’t added a new team since the Charlotte Hornets joined in 2004. The expansion fee for that sale was $300 million, a price estimated to have jumped to around $1 billion today.

The NBA has not added a new team in almost two decades, but the next round of expansion could be coming soon.

During an appearance on 93.3 KJR, longtime columnist John Canzano reported that Seattle and Las Vegas have “already been earmarked” for expansion by the NBA.

According to Canzano, the expansion is set to happen after the league’s current media rights deal expires in 2024.

Las Vegas and Seattle have long been rumored as NBA expansion targets. 

Sources told The Spun last summer that a number of teams that were considering relocating were also “looking fondly” at Sin City, but it seems like they won’t be able to move there, because the league is already planning on giving Vegas a team of its own.

As for Seattle, well, they haven’t had an NBA franchise since the Sonics left town, and it is long overdue that the fans in the Emerald City have a men’s professional basketball team to root for. 

Oakland Athletics president Dave Kaval believes Las Vegas will eventually host a Major League Baseball team, and if things go his way, the A’s could call Sin City home.

“We’re negotiating with different parties. We’ve had a lot of detailed meetings on some of these term sheets … pretty shortly, we’re going to be announcing a site in Las Vegas because we have to have a real option down in Las Vegas,” Kaval said on Friday, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Mick Akers.

“I think eventually there will be a Major League Baseball team there, and I think there’s a real chance that it could be the A’s.”

Kaval said the club would announce its preferred Las Vegas site in 4-6 weeks, adding that the organization is very excited about the location.

The news comes after the A’s and the city of Oakland were hit with a lawsuit on Friday relating to the Howard Terminal project in the Bay Area.

The lawsuit, which alleges the stadium’s development would pose environmental risks to the area, could add nine months of unpredictability to the project, increasing the franchise’s chances of looking elsewhere for a new home.

“It just brings more uncertainty and further reinforces why we’re spending so much time and effort, and we have such a sincere interest in Las Vegas as an option for the club,” Kaval said.

In May 2021, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred recommended the team consider relocation following its numerous failed attempts to find a new home in the Oakland area.

The A’s have played at Oakland Coliseum since 1968 and have been trying to build a new ballpark in the city for decades.

The Colorado Rockies have announced the dates of two exhibition games in Las Vegas against Arizona, an increasingly unlikely event given spring training is threatened by Major League Baseball’s lockout.

The Rockies said Friday the games are scheduled for March 18 and 19 at the home of Oakland’s Triple-A Las Vegas Aviators.

MLB locked out players Dec. 2 following the expiration of the sport’s collective bargaining agreement. Negotiations on core economics broke off until Thursday, when MLB made a new offer that resulted in little evident progress.

Signings and trades have been halted, and spring training will not start as scheduled on Feb. 16 unless there is an agreement.

Allegiant Stadium, home of the Las Vegas Raiders, will be announced as the host of Super Bowl LVIII in 2024, pending final approval from the owners, sources told Vincent Bonsignore of The Las Vegas Review-Journal.

An official announcement is expected to take place at the NFL owners’ meetings Wednesday.

The 2024 Super Bowl was originally set to take place in New Orleans, but the city was forced to relinquish the event due to a conflict with Mardi Gras celebrations.

Las Vegas proved to NFL owners it could accommodate the Super Bowl by crafting a multi-level plan, Bonsignore adds.

Allegiant Stadium holds 65,000 seats, which falls short of the NFL’s requirement of 70,000 for the championship game. However, more seating could possibly be added, or the league could make amendments, according to ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez.

The Raiders moved from Oakland to Las Vegas ahead of the 2020 campaign. The city is also slated to host the 2022 NFL Draft and Pro Bowl.

The battle for custody of the Oakland Athletics has turned up a notch.

The A’s tabled an offer for a plot of land in the Las Vegas area where they could potentially build a $1-billion ballpark, team president Dave Kaval told Mick Akers of the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Friday.

The exact location wasn’t revealed.

“We’re kind of moving from a phase of research/data gathering to action around a final site,” Kaval told Akers. “That’s really important because the site selection is a really critical path to keep the process moving forward to where we could have a holistically blessed project.”

Athletics brass has made seven recent trips to Las Vegas as they continue to eye a potential relocation amid contentious stadium negotiations in Oakland. Earlier in November, sources told Akers that Kaval, owner John Fisher, and executive vice president Billy Beane toured a possible stadium site near Summerlin, Nevada. A survey found that the preferred choice was near the famous Vegas Strip.

The team was going to reveal its list of Las Vegas finalists after the World Series, but that’s no longer happening, according to Akers.

Meanwhile, the A’s current home is stepping up efforts to keep the team. Mayor Libby Schaaf announced Friday that Oakland is receiving $14.5 million in federal grants, which she believes will help push the downtown A’s ballpark project forward.

“Today’s announcement absolutely supports a new waterfront ballpark for our beloved Oakland A’s,” Schaaf said, according to Sarah Ravani of the San Francisco Chronicle. “This additional $14.5 million is really taking us close to the finish line of delivering on all of the improvements that will be necessary to make an A’s waterfront ballpark a smashing success.”

Kaval called the Oakland grants a “really positive development,” per Ravani. “It puts us closer to getting this project in front of the council for a binding vote.”

The A’s have played at the aging Oakland Coliseum since 1968 and have been trying to build a new ballpark in the city for decades. If they stay in Oakland, it will be at a proposed waterfront facility near Howard Terminal.

Commissioner Rob Manfred instructed the A’s to begin exploring relocation options in May. It would be the third time the franchise has moved, having previously played in Philadelphia and Kansas City.