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The Merge - February #1


Mountain West Commissioner Craig Thompson Talks Evolution of Las Vegas and the Media Frontier

Global Sports Business Summit
February 27, 2019

The inaugural Global Sports Business Summit is a one-day educational conference that will feature some of the top minds and brands in sports to discuss the landscape of sports business, the future of sports sponsorships and partnerships, and the economic development opportunities around sports.
As Exclusive Management Deal With the Colosseum Ends, Concerts West Plans Pivot In Las Vegas
When AEG hands the keys to the Colosseum back to Caesars Entertainment, they've have hosted nearly 3,000 since March 2003, with approximately 10 million guests and $2 billion in ticket sales, making it the second highest grossing venue in the history of Billboard Boxscore, behind New York's Madison Square Garden....Read More
Stratosphere in Las Vegas to rebrand to The STRAT
Golden Entertainment will rebrand the Stratosphere as it plows ahead with a $140 million upgrade of the iconic resort. The 1,150-foot-tall property will be renamed The STRAT Hotel, Casino and Skypod as Golden seeks to create buzz around the resort’s new amenities and drive more traffic. The top three floors, including the rides and entertainment, will be called SkyPod....Read More
Aerosmith Adds 17 Dates to Las Vegas Residency
Aerosmith has announced 17 additional dates for their Las Vegas residency at Park Theater. Promoted by Live Nation and MGM Resorts International, the show features never-before-seen visuals and audio from Aerosmith recording sessions, including a partnership with THX and L-Acoustics to deliver the world's first THX Certified live performance presented in L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound. .....Read More
Forum: Golden Knights’ approach to storytelling a plot to follow
What made the dynamic thinking of the first-year franchise so noteworthy was the commitment to dramatic storytelling to entertain and attract an audience — so desperately needed in today’s cookie-cutter approach to game presentation. If there is an element of the sports experience that needs a significant reboot, it’s game entertainment....Read More
Caesars, Turner Sports strike deal to develop gaming-themed sports content
The announcement is the latest partnership to come about since legalized sports betting became a growing industry across the U.S. According to a joint statement, the Bleacher Report studio will be the central hub for a variety of gaming-themed programing and editorial content distributed through the online Bleacher Report and its mobile application....Read More
Success of UFC Fight Night Helps ESPN+ Reach Two Million Subscribers
After launching in April 2018, ESPN+ reached one million paid subscribers within its first five months. ESPN+ hosted its first UFC Fight Night last month, which led to 568,000 new subscribers in one weekend. As part of a five-year deal between UFC and Disney announced last year, ESPN+ will offer 20 exclusive UFC Fight Night on ESPN+ events per year and all preliminary fights for UFC on ESPN Fight Night programs....Read More
AAF Confident Quality Football Will Help Startup League Succeed
The Alliance of American Football is underway, and league co-Founder & CEO Charlie Ebersol is confident in its success because it will "put quality football on the field." Ebersol during an appearance on ESPN Radio earlier this week said, "We’ve built a league that we think ultimately offers the players something that no one else can offer: we offer the NFL-out, which in many respects is countered to how people have thought about these leagues before."....Read More
AAF Gets Positive Reviews; Can League Be NFL Training Ground?
Co-Founder Bill Polian said he thinks it can be the "training ground for the NFL." Polian: "We would like to be firmly entrenched five or 10 years from now and have the NFL say to us, ‘Here's the practice squad, guys. Get them ready to play. Here are the young coaches, particularly minorities, that we think have a chance to be good, train them.’" He said the on-field product will "take care of itself," and the league has to "give the fans that are watching at home ... a good show and a good reason to tune in again.".... Read More
Tim McGraw
February 23
Laughlin Event Center
NASCAR Weekend
March 1-3
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
March 2
Fremont Street Experience
USA Sevens Rugby
March 1-3
Sam Boyd Stadium
West Coast Conference
March 7-12,
Orleans Arena
USBC Open Championships
March 9 - July 8
South Point Bowling Plaza
Mountain West Basketball Championships
March 10 - 16
Thomas & Mack Center
Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament
March 13 - 16
T-Mobile Arena
St. Patrick's Day Weekend
March 14 - 17
Fremont Street Experience
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