Vince Neil, who is known worldwide for being the lead singer of MÖTLEY CRÜE, one of the most successful rock bands in music history, is also the CEO of Rockstar Sports Group, which has been officially awarded an expansion team in Las Vegas by the AFL (Arena Football League). AFL Commissioner Jerry Kurz made the official announcement during the third quarter of the 2014 Arena Bowl (XXVII), which was broadcast live on ESPN on August 23.
Neil, together with his business partners in Rockstar Sports Group, Bob Hewko, a former Florida Gators and Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback, aviation businessman Mark Daniels, and technology businessman Sohrob Farudi, will set out to begin building the Las Vegas-based team named the "Las Vegas Outlaws." Vince and his partners had become minority owners of the AFL Jacksonville Sharks in April this year, however saw the opportunity to acquire an expansion team for the Las Vegas market and jumped on it. With the award of the Las Vegas team, the minority ownership in the Jacksonville team will be divested in compliance with AFL regulations.
Neil stated: "I am really excited to bring back Arena Football to our great fans in Vegas. It's something that I have wanted to do for quite some time.
"Arena Football and rock and roll are very similar; it's fast, exciting and great entertainment."
He added: "I have been fortunate to achieve my dreams and goals in the music industry… now I am able to pursue my passion and dreams in professional football right here in my own town, Las Vegas."