What Will Be The Nickname of the New Las Vegas NHL Franchise?

After decades of attempting to land a professional sports franchise, Las Vegas has finally accomplished their goal. On June 22, the NHL officially approved expansion to Las Vegas starting in the 2017–18 season. Now comes the next big question…what will be the team’s nickname?

Exactly one week after Vegas was awarded an expansion franchise, Sports Interaction (SIA) posted odds on the official team name. Even though owner Bill Foley publicly stated that he preferred the name “Black Knights,” the Las Vegas Aces opened as the +200 favorite. Over the following three weeks, the Aces dropped from +1000 to +200 while the Black Knights soared from +325 to -235.

It’s interesting that the new Las Vegas remains nameless, but there are countless legal issues including copyrights, trademarks and domain names. “The issue we’re having is there are various trademark issues and trade name issues that are issued,” said Foley. “And so we’re fighting, we’re working our way through that process.”

The table below compares the odds at Sports Interaction. It will be updated as new information becomes available.

Nickname Odds (7/18) Odds (7/8) Odds (6/29)
Black Knights -235 -105 +325
Bandits +1000 +800 +3300
Aces  +1000 +205 +200
Blackjacks  +1500 +510 +500
Action  +2100 +800 +800
Sharps  +2100 +900 +900
Big Shots  +2100 +800 +800
Hustlers  +2100 +800 +800
Jokers  +2100 +610 +600
Jackpots  +2100 +1000 +1000
Chips  +2100 +1200 +1200
Pharaohs  +2100 +1200 +1200
Dealers  +2100 +1400 +1400
White Tigers  +2100 +800 +800
Whales  +2600 +1600 +1600
Rat Pack  +3000 +2000 +2000
Snake Eyes  +3100 +1400 +1400
Flamingoes  +3100 +1000 +1000
Gamblers  +3100 +1600 +1600
Deputies  +3100 +1600 +1600
Rollers  +3100 +2000 +2000
Magicians  +3100 +2000 +2000
Shuffle  +3100 +2000 +2000
Clubs  +3100 +2000 +2000
86ers  +3100 +1600 +1600
Boxcars  +3400 +3300 +3300
Steamers  +3400 +3300 +3300
Bosses  +4100 +2500 +2500
Wiseguys  +4100 +2500 +2500
Prizefighters  +4100 +2500 +2500
Streakers  +4100 +2500 +2500
Grinders  +4100 +2800 +2800
Tumbling Dice  +5200 +1200 +1200
Stickmen  +5200 +3300 +3300

There are potential legal issues with using the name Black Knights since it’s currently used by Foley’s alma mater, West Point. For that reason, it seems like it’s being slightly overpriced at -235.

Personally, I like the Las Vegas Atoms given the area’s history of atomic weapons testing but that’s not listed as an option. In terms of the listed options, I’m vaguely intrigued by the Bandits.

Over the past three weeks, the odds of the Las Vegas team being called the Bandits have improved from 33/1 to 10/1 at Sports Interaction. In fact, “Bandits” is now tied with “Aces” for the second shortest odds.

Which team name do you like? Are there any nicknames that should be listed? Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

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David Solar

David Solar has been the Content Manager at Sports Insights for over four years. He specializes in sports betting analytics and has created several popular data-driven betting systems. He can be reached directly at david@sportsinsights.com or on twitter at @TheDavidSolar.

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