Is Bill Foley bluffing? Golden Knights owner claims ticket revenue among NHL's best – Sporting News

The NHL in Las Vegas is an unusual arrangement. Even under the novelty of the Sin City’s first foray into major professional sports, it was expected the expansion Golden Knights franchise would need some time to warm up before establishing itself as a hot ticket around town.

That day has already arrived, Vegas owner Bill Foley told Forbes in a weekend interview.

Foley, whose showmanship often pulls from the locale, claimed the Knights project to rank among the NHL’s top “five, six or seven” teams in ticket sales during their inaugural 2017-18 season, ahead of storied franchises like the Bruins, Flyers and two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins.

“Edmonton has more revenue in their brand-new arena,” Foley said. “The Rangers, Toronto, Chicago Blackhawks, they’re all ahead of us. Montreal is right with us.

“We have more revenue than the Flyers, Penguins, the Boston Bruins. Most of our tickets are multiyear. The lower bowl is three to 10 years.”

That’s impressive company to keep, especially for a team that has yet to take the ice.

Foley insisted the Knights have “sold 13,500 of the 17,000 seats” for regular-season games at T-Mobile Arena. All of the suites sold out, too, he said. 

For perspective, the Penguins have a sellout streak of 484 consecutive games at PPG Paints Arena and were the NHL’s 11th-most profitable franchise in 2016 according to Forbes’ most recent valuation. Forbes estimated the Penguins took in $85 million in gate receipts for the 2015-16 season. 

The Golden Knights announced in September 2016 they had taken 16,000 season-ticket deposits, far exceeding the NHL’s goal of 10,000.

Vegas, a hockey town? Foley said you shouldn’t be so surprised.

“We did a market study for Las Vegas and determined that we had about 200,000 avid hockey fans, people from Minnesota or Canada, the Northeast,” he told Forbes. “People trying to get to a nice climate. We went

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