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.
NHL Awards

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Aug 27

My Interview With Mountain Ridge Little League

Ron with Mt Ridge LL

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.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN

Mountain Ridge

 

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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.

READ MORE HERE

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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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May 19

Sam Schmidt Completes Ceremonial Lap at Indy 500

So glad to see this for Sam — he lives in Henderson has been working hard for years to make this day a reality.

In 2000 former Indy Racing League driver Sam Schmidt was involved in an accident that rendered him a quadriplegic. Schmidt is now a Verizon IndyCar Series owner and on Sunday he drove the pace car using only his head movements. He drove his semi-autonomous car in a ceremonial qualification lap after practice.

Reports are, Sam’s Corvette reached 97 MPH

HOW SAM’S CAR WORKS

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May 09

Dates For Rock in Rio – Vegas Announced

This time next year one of the top rock events anywhere will take place on the Las Vegas Strip.

The event will take place May 8-9 and 15, 16 next year in the now vacant lot on the SW corner of Sahara and the Las Vegas Strip.

Music, dance, cultural collaboration, food, fashion, social and environmental conversation, fun… this is the place where you participate in and enjoy all of it. It feels is as if it were a separate world, and in a way, it truly is. We are talking about the City of Rock, the capital of celebrating everything surrounding music, specifically designed as the home address for Rock in Rio.

Wherever the festival travels, we construct this huge center for music and entertainment—and our arrival in the US will be no different. The City of Rock in Las Vegas keeps the party going around the clock. Of course, the major concerts will convince fans to come early and never want to leave, but those who make this trip will also enjoy plenty of other cultural attractions and diversions.

In addition to the Main Stage and its mega-stars of rock and pop, a new architectural icon is laid in this musical metropolis with the Electronic Stage. It all takes place on the City of Rock with the three new Rock Streets, which we envision as a festive, busy avenue of entertainment: sidewalks full of bars, restaurants, stages, and shops in a diverse blend of the best from the US, Brazil, and the United Kingdom. This includes jam sessions, dancing, street art, eclectic cuisine, and infinite possibilities for entertainment.

BUY TICKETS HERE

CITY OF ROCK WEB SITE

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May 05

Drunken British Woman Busted For Wild Sex on Las Vegas Flight

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People love coming to Las Vegas. Flights coming into Las Vegas are much louder than flights leaving the city, for obvious reasons. But, here’s one reason you may not have thought of.

A drunken British woman flying to Las Vegas with her parents was cuffed after loudly joining the mile-high club with a fellow passenger.

The frisky flier, in her 20s, was reportedly busted romping in the restroom on the Virgin flight from London’s Gatwick Airport last week.

Attendants are said to have busted down the door after receiving complaints about the loud sex noises the duo were making.

She then allegedly had to be cuffed after screaming abuse at the crew.

On touching down in Sin City, the woman was hauled off the plane.

But, after being questioned by police, she was released with a warning.

One passenger said she woman, who has not been named, was traveling with her mom and dad when she started getting steamy with the man in the next seat.

“They went to the bathroom and people could hear loud noises,” he told The Sun.

It’s not known if the man was already known to the woman, or if they met on the aircraft.

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May 02

Ben Affleck Kicked Out of Hard Rock For Counting Cards

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Ben Affleck’s blackjack days are over … at least at the Hard Rock in Vegas — because he was just banned FOR LIFE from playing the game at the casino … after security says they caught him counting cards.

Affleck was in Sin City earlier this week with wife Jennifer Garner. We’re told he planned the Vegas trip as a romantic getaway before he ships off to Detroit for several months to shoot his new Batman movie.

But things took an unromantic turn Tuesday night — Hard Rock casino sources tell us, Affleck was playing blackjack at a high rollers’ table when security swarmed.

READ MORE HERE FROM TMZ

READ MORE HERE FROM CNN

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