The Arena Football League is quickly becoming a haven for aging rock stars. Following in the footsteps of Jon Bon Jovi, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, Vince Neil, lead singer of Motley Crue, has reportedly become an owner of an AFL franchise.
Neil has received approval from the league to "build a Las Vegas team from scratch," per Robin Leach of the Las Vegas Sun. He's eying "Outlaws" as the name of the team.
Neil seemingly confirmed the news on his Twitter account:
Yea Vegas here we go!! http://t.co/lzfn6BPRE9— Vince Neil (@TheVinceNeil) June 19, 2014
Neil already owns a minority stake in another AFL franchise, the Jacksonville Sharks, which he purchased last April. Now that he's dipped his toe into the water, he likely feels much more prepared to dive into the deep end.
This is the third time that the AFL has had a franchise in "Sin City." The Las Vegas Sting called the city home from 1994-95 and then the Las Vegas Gladiators followed from 2003-07. According to ESPN.com, neither team left Vegas with a winning record. The Sting were 11-14 in their two seasons, while the Gladiators finished 31-50.
With the inclusion of the new Vegas franchise, the AFL will grow from 14 to 15 teams. Putting a team in Nevada will also help the league's profile grow in a region of the country that's underrepresented. The Western-based National Conference has only six teams compared to the more Eastern-based American Conference's eight.
The city of Las Vegas and AFL will both be hopeful that the third time is in fact the charm. They must feel confident that Neil can succeed where others have failed.