The Las Vegas Outlaws were a professional Arena Football League team based in Las Vegas, Nevada. They played in the AFL's National Conference West Division in 2015. The franchise was recently owned by Vince Neil, lead singer for Mötley Crüe and current minority owner of the Jacksonville Sharks. On September 11, 2014, it was announced that Aaron Garcia was to be the team's first head coach.
This was the third and most recent attempt at an AFL franchise in Las Vegas since two other teams played briefly, the Las Vegas Sting from 1994 to 1995 before relocating to Anaheim and becoming the Anaheim Piranhas and the Las Vegas Gladiators from 2003 to 2007 before they relocated to Cleveland. Neil won approval from the league for the franchise on June 17, 2014. According to reports from ESPN, he asked to name his team the "Las Vegas Outlaws", not to be confused with the former XFL franchise from 2001 of the same name. That wish was granted on August 22, 2014, when the announcement was officially made that the team would indeed be called the Outlaws.
After initial rumors had the team playing at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, the team actually played at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of UNLV, previous home to the Sting and Gladiators.
Vince Neil joined fellow musicians Jon Bon Jovi, Tim McGraw and KISS band members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley that have started AFL franchises. Bon Jovi created the Philadelphia Soul in 2004 and that team still exists today playing at the Wells Fargo Center under the majority ownership of Ron Jaworski. McGraw, a country music star, was minority owner of Bud Adams's version of the Nashville Kats from 2005 to 2007. Simmons and Stanley founded the Los Angeles KISS in 2013 and that team currently plays at the Honda Center in Anaheim, former home of the Piranhas. Neil was named minority owner of the Jacksonville Sharks just two months prior to the formation of his own team.
League takeover and demise
On July 12, 2015, ArenaFan.com reported that the Outlaws and the New Orleans VooDoo were to be taken over by the league due to poor attendance and financial issues. Both teams were expected to finish the season, then commissioner Scott Butera was conduct a search for new owners. The scheduled game between the Outlaws and the VooDoo was cancelled and declared a tie. Vince Neil was supposedly likely return as majority owner, but a new group would have to be formed. However, on August 9, 2015 it was announced that the Las Vegas Outlaws would cease operations and fold effective immediately, despite having qualified for the 2015 playoffs. They were replaced as the fourth and final seed in the National Conference by the Portland Thunder.
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Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 2015 Arena Football League season.
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