Nov 12

Las Vegas to Get NHL Franchise

 

Sources have confirmed to me that the NHL will put a franchise in Las Vegas, perhaps as soon as 2016.

The New York Post is reporting tonight that there is a new ownership group that will be getting an NHL franchise for Las Vegas.stadium_linq_arena_rendering01_t653

The Maloof Family (former owners of the Sacramento Kings) are part of this group along with investor William Foley.

No word on when the team would begin play in Las Vegas, but it’s likely to be in 2016 in the new arena being built by MGM Resorts and AEG behind the New York, New York Casino on The Strip.

This would be the first professional, major league sports franchise for Las Vegas.

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Oct 17

All In. All Together — Runnin Rebel History Video


UNLV Runnin’ Rebel Basketball has released this video going through the past and present of the team. #AllInAllTogether is the theme for the 2014-2015 season. CLICK HERE for the schedule.

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Oct 08

BREAKING NEWS – TV News Reporter Calls For Ebola Calm!

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Here’s a switch—a former local TV news reporter encouraging his colleges to be calm when covering the Ebola outbreak in America. How will that script be written for the news anchors?

“Don’t worry viewers, thousands have died in Africa and now people in America are being infected and dying of Ebola, but we don’t want to scare you, so proceed as normal and please wash your hands; now, the latest on new Sooper Scooper Ride at FunLand near downtown!”

The former reporter, Al Sunshine of Miami writes, “I’m hoping news managers won’t be tempted to turn to sensational promos aimed at scaring viewers to watch their latest newscast.” Wouldn’t that be a switch? Sunshine also warns how TV stations cover the Ebola scare could harm their reputation. Reputation?

The same local TV news that has spent the last two decades (at least) scaring viewers (mainly women 18-54) into watching the next newscast is now being encouraged to back off once a legitimate threat is lurking. I wrote about this in Jan 2010 on Breitbart.com when the web site Big Journalism debuted and talked about the 12 most prominent “scares” of the previous decade. I listed such blockbusters as West Nile Virus, Global Warming, Sars and Y2K as some of the media’s Biggest Hits of the past. How is a media that has cried wolf for so long to be believed when a real threat happens? (Answer: They are not.)

I actually agree somewhat with Sunshine, the media should not overreact, but I wonder when and why he “found religion.” I also am suspicious that this is probably a real threat, since local TV news is being encouraged to downplay it. Let’s just say—I don’t trust the kids in the TV news business to get the big things right. And this has the potential to be a big thing, much bigger than the previous “scares.”

The irony is delicious here. I’ll point it out this way. Mad Cow disease (remember it?) Zero Americans died of Mad Cow disease, zero Americans got Mad Cow disease, and only three (count  them, one, two, three) cows were known to have the disease in America. Still, everybody remembers the fear that the media instilled in us over Mad Cow.Japan refused to buy American beef for two years because of it. Now we’re being told to take it easy over Ebola.

I’m not sure the motivation behind calling for calm over a legitimate threat, perhaps it’s political (we can’t do anything to harm Obama this close to the mid-term elections,) or perhaps somebody stepping outside the business and finally seeing it for what it is. I can at least be happy that I had discussions on a regular basis in TV news rooms urging my colleagues to apply reason and perspective to stories designed to spread fear—but usually the consultants and management types won out and I was told to return to my box. The reporters knew the angle they had to take to please those who controlled their lively hood.

I hope there is no reason to fear the spread of Ebola, but I also know, right now, we don’t know. The President doesn’t know (last month Obama said Ebola would not spread to the US), the Centers for Disease Control certainly doesn’t know. I’m going to take a wild guess here and say that Al Sunshine and local TV stations don’t know what the real threat is. That’s enough reason for at least a little fear. I certainly would rate it above Swine Flu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sep 09

Would You Buy This Pay-Per-View?

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How about this? Ray Rice taking on Floyd Mayweather Jr. Floyd has to fight with just his left arm to try to make it more even. Then Rhonda Rousey comes on to take out what’s left of both of ‘em. Proceeds of the pay-per-view would go to help battered women’s shelters. Would you buy this pay-per-view?

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Aug 27

NHL to Las Vegas: “A Done Deal” Says Report

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Reports are circulating that a National Hockey League team is “a done deal” to be placed in Las Vegas. For years, the NHL has ruled out expansion to 30 teams, but according to the report, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman is now on board to add two new franchises.

Tony Gallagher of The Province reports this:

Sources close to the situation have indicated Las Vegas is a done deal, the only thing to be determined being which owner will be entitled to proclaim that he brought the first major league sports franchise to Sin City.

And given how dead set against a team in the gambling haven the commissioner was 10 years ago, this move into another player friendly state-tax-free zone represents a considerable about-face indeed.

It’s assumed that the team would play in the new MGM Arena being built behind the New York, New York casino on The Strip.

As for who would own the franchise, the Maloof family of Las Vegas, former owners of the Sacramento Kings, have expressed an interest in buying an NHL team, so they would be considered the front runners.

There is the legitimate question of sports betting in Las Vegas. It’s unlikely that the sports books would take games played by a new Las Vegas franchise off the betting board. The books voluntarily did so in the mid 80’s when the Utah Jazz played a split-schedule in Las Vegas, but sports betting today is seen as more legitimate than it was 30 years ago, and pro sports leagues have become more comfortable with betting on their games.

The NHL holds its annual Awards Banquet in Las Vegas.

UPDATE: Fox Sports is reporting this afternoon that the NHL will not be expanding in 2017. Stay tuned.
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Aug 27

My Interview With Mountain Ridge Little League

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The Mountain Ridge Las Vegas Little League team made the Final Four at the World Series in Williamsport, PA this year. Manager Ashton Cave and his son, Dallon, stopped by the KXNT studios August 26, 2014 and spent a couple segments of the show talking to Ron about their experience.

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Aug 01

Las Vegan Greg Maddux Inducted Into Baseball Hall of Fame

I spent last weekend in Cooperstown at the induction of former MLB pitcher Greg Maddux into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Congrats to Greg and his family—it was an honor to cover his career in Las Vegas from start to finish.

Here’s a live interview I did with Greg from 1996 after the Braves won the World Series.

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Jun 24

UNLV, Raising Tuition (again) And Paying Hillary $225K

 

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Brilliant move by those in academia who run UNLV. The “brightest and the smartest” in Las Vegas are raising tuition on students for the 12th time since 2002, but they have an extra $225,000 laying around somewhere to pay Hillary Clinton to come speak to them. A 17% tuition increase begins next year.

This is the same Hillary who says she is “not truly well off” and claimed that her and Bill left the White House nearly broke in 2000. Not sure what “not truly well off” means, and nobody minds somebody who makes a buck, but two points here.

1) UNLV students are leaving college with more and more debt every year, and this is an issue that politicians say they are trying to correct.

2) Don’t plead poverty when you make $225,000 to come to Vegas and make a speech.

The speech is being billed as a “fundraiser” by the UNLV Foundation, but there is no guarantee that it will create revenue, and with a “nut” that large to have to break, it will be difficult for UNLV to show a profit from this. Hillary’s slumping book sales show she is not as big a draw as some think she is. The last time Clinton was in Las Vegas somebody threw a shoe at her. 

Perhaps Hillary will use this speech as an opportunity to talk against the rising debt of college students.

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Jun 03

Nats’ Bryce Harper and Girlfriend Kayla Varner Engaged

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The Washington Nationals’ Bryce Harper and his longtime girlfriend Kayla Varner are engaged to marry. No date has been announced.

Harper was the Nationals’ first round draft pick and Varner is an Ohio St. soccer player.

READ MORE HERE FROM THE WASHINGTON POST

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May 20

Wranglers to Sit Out Next Season, Return in 2015

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The Las Vegas Wranglers will not play in the ECHL next season, while trying to find an arena to play in for the 2015-2016 season.

The team made the announcement today on its web site.

 “We were given very little time to find a solution for the 2014-15 season,” said Wranglers president and COO Billy Johnson. “We were very close to having everything in order for the 2014-15 season with the little time we had. But in the end, we needed a few weeks more, and the ECHL simply had to get on with its business. We cannot thank the ECHL board enough for giving the Wranglers a chance to see through all that we have accomplished in such a short time. Obviously, they have seen what we are working on. We are all excited.”

Boyd Gaming is not renewing the least for the Wranglers. They had hoped to play in the Plaza downtown Las Vegas, but they could not get an arena built at that location.

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