Las Vegas Close To Getting UFL Football Franchise

Las Vegas is close to getting a franchise in the fledgling United Football League.

The league is a venture that includes Mark Cuban as its signature owner.

The UFL plans to begin its season in August and play its championship game in Las Vegas.

The franchise cities are scheduled to be announced in early January, and commissioner Michael Huyghue says it would be an upset if Las Vegas isn't among the eight.

Billionaire entrepreneur and Wall Street investor Bill Hambrecht and Google executive Tim Armstrong are the league's major backers.

Sam Boyd Stadium director Daren Libonati says an agreement is close on housing a team for at least two years.

The team would play on Friday nights.