Prediction: The NHL Will Expand to a Snow-Free City in 2016

NHL: DEC 16 Wild at Blackhawks
16 December 2014: Chicago Blackhawks Left Wing Bryan Bickell (29) [4509] battles with Minnesota Wild Defenceman Christian Folin (5) [7518] in action during a game between the Minnesota Wild and the Chicago Blackhawks, at the United Center, in Chicago, IL. (Icon Sportswire via AP Images)
Photograph by Robin Alam — AP

The staff of Fortune recently assembled its predictions for 2016. Here’s one of our forecasts.

It’s no secret the NHL is looking to expand, capitalizing on a popularity surge that drove growth in revenue from $2.2 billion in 2006 to around $4 billion in the 2013-14 season. Earlier this year, the league got expansion applications from Las Vegas and Quebec City. But expect the league to approve just one new team, to be located in Sin City, for a record expansion fee of $500 million. The league is likely to want to add teams in the West to balance the league’s geography. Nous sommes désolés, amis du Québec.

This article is part of the 2016 Fortune Crystal Ball, a package of 33 predictions about business, politics and the economy by the writers and editors of Fortune. To see the entire package, click here.

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