Mentoring Moments: Connie Akridge of Holland and Hart shares her best mentor advice with host Debbie Donaldson.
Las Vegas is now only months away from officially becoming a major professional sports city. We have rapidly moved from famine to relative feast — last year landing an expansion National Hockey League franchise and last month learning the city will be the new home of one of the National Football League’s most storied teams.
Few thought it would ever happen that Las Vegas would attract an NFL franchise. The NFL’s public aversion to gambling — despite the game being the most popular sport in the country in part because of it — was a big hurdle to overcome.
The Raiders will be kicking off in one of the most expensive stadiums on earth beginning in 2020. Many local residents may be surprised to learn that the city has already served as home to professional football which was not played in indoor soccer-sized arenas. In 1994, the Canadian Football League expanded into the United States, placing a franchise in Sacramento. The following year, three more American teams were added, including the Las Vegas Posse. Coached by Ron Meyer, former head coach at UNLV and two NFL teams, the Posse played their home games at Sam Boyd.
The Raiders’ plan to move to Las Vegas could give a boost to sales and pricing to the city’s high-rise market and other housing product types across the valley. The team’s ownership and some of its fan base have already shown interest in purchasing or have already purchased in Las Vegas.
Although Las Vegas is just entering the arena of major professional sports, the city has attracted its share of slightly under-the-radar events that has provided for a deceptively sports-heavy culture. Annual and periodic local athletic events have thrived in the city for decades and are likely to remain popular even as the Golden Knights and Raiders move into town.
Quick, name the heavyweight champion of the world. Still thinking on that one? OK, try naming another boxing belt holder in any weight group (don’t forget, Floyd Mayweather is retired, at least for now). That is boxing’s current popularity problem in a nutshell. The answer to that first question is Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua or Deontay Wilder, depending on which governing body one prefers.
“Do the harder right.” Brent Hathaway, Dean of UNLV’s Lee Business School, discusses mentoring advice with host Debbie Donaldson
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