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Bruckheimer Eyes NHL Expansion Team

LAS VEGAS (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Sports news journal SportsBusiness Daily is reporting that film and television producer Jerry Bruckheimer, fresh off of his "Pirates of the Caribbean" success, has expressed interest in owning an NHL franchise and is looking at Las Vegas or Kansas City as a possible home for the expansion team.

According to the report, Bruckheimer has been in negotiations with the both the hockey league and venue and sports management giant AEG. Bruckheimer is reportedly a close friend with AEG president Tim Leiweke and the two have been reportedly discussing a Sprint Center-like facility in Las Vegas.

Leiweke, who is also on the board of the NHL expansion committee has declined comment on the subject.

This speculation would fly in the face of comments made by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, made before the Stanley Cup, that the league wasn't interested in expansion at this time.

He did add a caveat however, stating "They (expansion and relocation) seem to be something, depending on the circumstances, we may have to deal with." – CelebrityAccess Staff Writer