chats with Golden Knights minority owner Joe Maloof. Photo credit: Erik John Ricardo/

Exclusive: Golden Knights Minority Owner Joe Maloof caught up with Golden Knights minority owner Joe Maloof this week. Photo credit: Erik John Ricardo/




Fun-loving, former NBA team-owning sports fan Joe Maloof has kept a low profile ever since the Vegas Golden Knights began their historic inaugural season.


Maloof, the Golden Knights’ minority owner along with brothers, helped Bill Foley launch this NHL franchise that has captured the hearts of Las Vegas with a stunning start that has catapulted the team atop the NHL’s Western Conference standings.

Joe Maloof believes Las Vegas doesn’t need an NBA team right now, but will eventually get a team one day. Photo credit: Erik John Ricardo/

But Maloof, who enjoys talking with fans and was known to schmooze with NBA fans in Sacramento when he and his brothers owned the NBA Kings for 15 years, has rarely spoken with the media here in Las Vegas after the Golden Knights began their historic season Oct. 10. But he took time Wednesday afternoon to meet in front of T-Mobile Arena to discuss Las Vegas’ dynamic sports market. You’ll enjoy Maloof’s observations on the local market. also plans to catch up with Maloof  in a few months.


Joe Maloof. Photo credit: Erik John Ricardo/


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Alan Snel brings decades of sports-business reporting experience to Snel covered the business side of sports for the South Florida (Fort Lauderdale) Sun-Sentinel, the Tampa Tribune and Las Vegas Review-Journal. As a city hall beat reporter, Snel also covered stadium deals in Denver and Seattle. In 2000, Snel launched a sport-business website for called After reporting sports-business for the RJ, Snel wrote hard-hitting stories on the Raiders stadium for the Desert Companion magazine in Las Vegas and The Nevada Independent. Snel is also one of the top bicycle advocates in the country.

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