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4 year old Ava Urrera of Las Vegas is having a weekend to remember. A heart condition has required numerous surgeries and doctors do not expect a cure to be found. Still, NFL players showed they had plenty of heart to spare. Ava and her family are the guests of the Oakland Raiders and will …View full post
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. The Maloof Family (former owners of the Sacramento Kings) are …View full post
4 year old Ava Urrera of Las Vegas is having a weekend to remember. A heart condition has required numerous surgeries and doctors do not expect a cure to be found. Still, NFL players showed they had plenty of heart to spare.
Ava and her family are the guests of the Oakland Raiders and will be field side for today’s game against Buffalo. She has been given the royal treatment.
Menelik Watson, offensive lineman for the Raiders who is out with an injury, was so touched by the story of Ava and her family that he donated his weekly check to her medical expenses. More than $18,000. Watson says on his twitter account that he dedicates “each day towards making somebody’s day.” He did much more than that for the Urrera family.
The story of little Ava will be shared today on Fox NFL Sunday Pre-game by host Jay Glazier . The family is set to return home from their memorable trip to The Bay on Monday. We will share those details here when we have them.
Sources have confirmed to me that the NHL will put a franchise in Las Vegas, perhaps as soon as 2016.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.