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A 10-COUNT FOR BOXING?

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.

BEFORE THERE WAS RAIDER NATION…A HISTORY OF PRO FOOTBALL IN THE LAS VEGAS VALLEY

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.

Strong dollar, travel bans could hurt Nevada tourism

After breaking its record with 42.9 million visitors in 2016, Las Vegas was forecast to surpass 43 million this year. But with a strong U.S. dollar making it more expensive to travel to here and fallout internationally from two travel bans enacted for several Muslim-majority countries by President Donald Trump’s executive order, Las Vegas runs the risk that tourism and business travel from abroad could be impacted.

Catering to the Asian casino customer

The recently opened Lucky Dragon isn’t the first Las Vegas property to cater to Asian-Americans. Palace Station and the Gold Coast have been marketing to the Las Vegas Asian-American community for more than a decade.

Gaming companies positive on a Trump presidency

The gaming industry is excited about a Trump presidency and what it could mean for economic growth and fewer regulations, but no one is expecting Congress to move along any legislation quickly that would have a direct impact, such as legalized sports betting.

LVCVA reports a positive outlook for Las Vegas

During a breakfast presentation to the Las Vegas chapter of the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International, Chris Meyer, vice president of global business sales for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, had some encouraging words about the Las Vegas market.