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LAS VEGAS OVERCOMING OBSTACLES, EMERGING AS MAJOR-LEAGUE CITY
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Posted by Drew Martin
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A piece by Matt Youmans at VSin:

Bud Selig, who retired as MLB commissioner in 2015, was as progressive as Herman Munster. In 2014, Selig said he never would put a baseball franchise in Las Vegas. Early this month, new MLB commissioner Rob Manfred took the opposite stance.

Las Vegas could be a viable market for us, Manfred said during a news conference in Phoenix. I dont think the presence of legalized gambling in Las Vegas should necessarily disqualify that market as a potential major league city. We are reexamining our stance on gambling.

If sports betting is becoming acceptable with the NBA, NHL and MLB, whats left?

The gorilla in the room is still the NFL, Vaccaro said. Its like the other leagues are waiting for the NFLs OK.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell still talks about betting as if its taboo and the need to protect the integrity of the games, but he also has blurred the line by promoting fantasy sports gambling as a fun form of family entertainment. Yes, he says that with a straight face.

Aside from gambling, Las Vegas for years faced two other obstacles it had no stadium for a major league team, and the market size was on the small end of the spectrum nationally.

T-Mobile Arena, built by MGM Resorts and AEG, changed the game by opening the door for the NHL and possibly the NBA. Plans by different developers to build another arena on the north end of the Strip recently were reported.

In October, Nevada lawmakers approved $750 million in tax revenue for the construction of a 65,000-seat stadium to lure the Raiders. Of course, several questions remain unanswered, and no shovel has hit the ground.

With a population topping 2.1 million, Las Vegas was the largest U.S. city without a major league franchise before the NHLs 31st team was awarded.

http://www.vsin.com/las-vegas-overcoming-obstacles-emerging- as-major-league-city/

 
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