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 was 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, who had become minority owners of the AFL Jacksonville Sharks in April this year, 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.
"This has nothing to do with MÖTLEY CRÜE," he told the Las Vegas Review-Journal last week. "I'm the singer for MÖTLEY CRÜE, but you've got to remember KISS is owned by two guys: Paul [Stanley] and Gene [Simmons]," he explained, referring to the fact that the KISS leaders are also owners of the LA KISS Arena Football League team. "MÖTLEY's four guys, and three guys don't care about sports. This is my team with my partners." But he added: "I was thinking to have like MINI KISS and MINI MÖTLEY on either side for a battle of the bands."
Regarding what made him get involved in football, Neil said: "It's just a great sport. It's a lot of fun. Every time you get the ball, you figure it's going to be a touchdown. It's a 50-yard game, so the action's really fast and furious. If you like high-scoring games, this is what you go see."
Neil said that he and his business partners plan to make attending Outlaws games an exciting and enjoyable experience for everybody.
"We want to make it rock 'n' roll and make it a lot of fun for families," he said. "Everybody is competing for that entertainment dollar Saturday night. You can't take your kids to the casino on Saturday night, but you can take them to a football game and yell for three hours."