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NHL Names Vegas Golden Knights as Newest Franchise

A lot of people pointed out the new logo looks like a famous comic book villain

Las Vegas Golden Knights,

Las Vegas Knights become the city's first pro sports franchise.

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For the first time ever, Las Vegas has a major professional sports franchise to call its own.

On Tuesday, following a pair of video-related disasters, the NHL revealed that the first expansion team since 2000 will be making Sin City its home starting from next season when the Vegas Golden Knights take over the T-Mobile Arena on the Las Vegas Strip. The franchise’s logo and mascot were both unveiled during the event, and they were both met with generally positive reviews even though they’re being made out to be more like a blockbuster movie than a hockey team.

“We selected ‘Knights’ because knights are the defenders of the realm and protect those who cannot defend themselves,” the team’s majority owner, Bill Foley, said. “They are the elite warrior class.” (It probably doesn’t hurt that Foley is one of the key people involved in Black Knight Financial Services. The guy seems to like knights.)

And because the internet never takes a night off, it didn’t take long for SB Nation and many others to poke fun at the NHL’s newest team by slapping its logo on some of our favorite things in the world, like Batman, Pokemon, Star Wars bounty hunters and Gerard Butler back when he had a 12-pack. They also went as far as giving the team a number of different name options – “The Vegas Magnetos,” anyone? – just in case they’re already having second thoughts with the Golden Knights.

Welcoming a new sports team to the world sure isn’t as easy as it once was, huh?

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