When the weather changed a few weeks back, I started thinking about the end of summer. I ended with some meditations on what makes Las Vegas different and how it is no longer quite as special:
Until now, Las Vegas has been many things, but a big league town was not one of them. As the Vegas Golden Knights take the ice for the first time at T-Mobile Arena, that last vestige of small-town Las Vegas will be gone forever. The town will be in sports sections nationally, not just for boxing and mixed martial arts spectacles, but for the season-long grind of NHL hockey.
Read more: A Small Town Cools Down, A Big League City Heats Up – Vegas Seven
I just wanted to get at how Las Vegas is changing in front of us. Ten years from now, we will probably appreciate this more than we do now.
I got the opportunity to write a piece about how the NHL’s announcement it is coming to Las Vegas fits in with the history of gambling for the Washington Post. Here is a small sample:
In that atmosphere, professional sports — whose legitimacy has at times been tainted by gambling-related scandals from the infamous 1919 Black Sox to college-basketball point shaving — were right to distance themselves from gambling. It was mostly illegal and, even where it was allowed, was not well-regarded by the rest of the country. With the United States nearly unanimous against gambling, legal or otherwise, this was a no-brainer.
Source: The NHL is coming to Las Vegas because America is now a casino nation – The Washington Post
Obviously this is a little different from my usual writing for Vegas Seven–it gave me the chance to address a different audience. My gratitude goes to the editors at the Post, and of course, my editors at Seven who give me the chance to write about such a range of topics.
It’s a busy day for me, because this morning I was live on KNPR’s State of Nevada. You can click that link for a link directly to the show, and I think you can even listen. I’m part of the panel in the first segment. It was a lively talk about pro sports potentially coming to Las Vegas, and I hope I did my little bit to keep it lively by name-dropping both the Ultimate Fighting Championship and Nathan Detroit.
Not too much in the news today, even though there’s been a quick back-track from the Pequots on a potential Atlantic City project. Part of me thinks this is just them playing it safe until they’re on the ground in Philly, but that’s just a hunch.
Some other news out of AC, from the Asbury Park Press:
A new casino envisioned for this gambling resort could become New Jersey’s tallest building if the city eases height restrictions on skyscrapers.
Now that Bader Field has closed, the City Council is set to vote next to raise the limit from 485 feet to 800 feet on a plot of land just north of the Showboat Casino Hotel.
A building that high would be the tallest in New Jersey, topping the 781-foot Goldman Sachs office in Jersey City. But Kevin DeSanctis, chairman and CEO of Revel Entertainment, the likely developer, said the building probably won’t reach 800 feet.
Atlantic City may ease building height rules
Wow. I can’t imagine something a legit 80 stories high in Atlantic City. Of course, there’s nothing from stopping casinos from just going from lobby to mezzanine to the 50th floor and saying that their hotel is 80 stories. Seriously, that’s what they did in the Taj–the elevator will take you from C to CF to 14. CF elevators–now that brings back some memories from my security days….you had to be there, I guess.
One final clarification–no one is depressed about the subjunctive 80-story tower, but the headline makes sense if you are into Cole Porter.
“I think this country is rapidly embracing various forms of gambling. It’s not the NCAA’s business to be cultural critics or a cultural task force. Our job is to make sure it doesn’t influence college athletics.”
–NCAA President Myles Brand, explaining why he continues to fight legal sports betting in Nevada, but has no problem with money from new pull-tab machines funding an Indianapolis stadium.
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