Mark Davis is expanding his sports empire in Las Vegas, buying the Aces from MGM Resorts International.
The Raiders owner purchased the WNBA team Thursday pending the approval from the league’s board of governors.
The Aces moved to Las Vegas from San Antonio in 2017 and have been successful on the court. Las Vegas had the league’s best record last season before losing to Seattle in the WNBA Finals.
Las Vegas has a solid young core of players, including WNBA MVP A’ja Wilson and Sixth Woman of the Year Dearica Hamby.
While it’s unclear how the sale will affect the Aces’ day-to-day operations, the Raiders have a working relationship with MGM, which partners with the NFL franchise in several business ventures.
Davis has immersed himself in the Las Vegas sports scene and regularly attends Aces and Golden Knights games. Davis and the Raiders have been strong supporters of the Aces during their brief time in Las Vegas. The Raiders purchased 1,600 tickets to Aces games in 2019 to distribute to kids.
The Raiders got approval from the NFL to move to Las Vegas in 2017 after attempts to build a new stadium in Oakland were unsuccessful and they were blocked in their attempt to move to Los Angeles.
They arrived in the desert in 2020 and opened their new $2 billion stadium, which looks out at the Mandalay Bay casino, where the Aces play their home games. They also built a $75 million practice facility in nearby Henderson, Nevada.
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