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Rocker Vince Neil to own Arena Football League team

By staff
Published: August 22, 2014
Motley Crue lead singer Vince Neil recently bought in as a minority owner for the Jacksonville team but looked forward to bring the AFL back to Las Vegas. ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO

Another rocker will own an Arena Football League team.

Motley Crue lead singer Vince Neil has been awarded a new Las Vegas franchise, the league announced Friday.

The Las Vegas Outlaws will begin play next season.

Two founder members of the rock group Kiss, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, became owners of the Los Angeles Kiss expansion team that began play last season.

This will be the third AFL team to play in Las Vegas.

Two months ago, Neil had bought in as a minority partner with the Jacksonville Sharks, but he had hoped to eventially return the indoor sport to Vegas.

“The opportunity came up to bring a franchise to Las Vegas and that’s where I’m from,” Neil said in a video statement. “Every guy wants to be an ‘outlaw,’ so why not give them the Outlaws?”

The league made the announcement at media day for the Arena Bowl, which will be played Saturday night in Cleveland.

“Las Vegas is a market that has always been in our plans,” AFL commissioner Jerry Kurz said. “It was just a matter of finding the right ownership group. We believe Vince Neil and his partners are that group and we could not be more excited to now be able to bring Arena Football back to our great fans in Las Vegas.”