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  • How Las Vegas, Once a Sports Desert, Became a Super Bowl-Hosting Sports Capital
    From hockey and football to Formula One — and baseball potentially around the corner — the city built a multibillion-dollar sports economy from scratch in less than a decade.

    September 22, 2023 | The Hollywood Reporter | Melinda Sheckells

    Before the 2017 NHL season and the debut of the Golden Knights, Las Vegas had no professional sports franchises — in fact, the idea of allowing teams to play in a city where sports betting was legal seemed dicey at best.

    This year, the Knights and the WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces both won championships. The Raiders are playing their fourth NFL season in Vegas after moving from Oakland, and in February, their home field, Allegiant Stadium, will host the Super Bowl. And this fall, the Strip will become a Formula 1 track for the biggest North American Grand Prix race to date.

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  • A’s want $500M in public money for Las Vegas ballpark

    April 21, 2023 | Las Vegas Review-Journal | Mick Akers

    The Oakland Athletics are seeking up to $500 million in public money to build a new stadium in Las Vegas.

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  • Major-league deal: A’s to purchase land near Strip for new ballpark

    April 19, 2023 | Las Vegas Review-Journal | Mick Akers

    The Oakland Athletics have zeroed in on Southern Nevada, signing a binding purchase agreement for land just west of the Strip where a major-league ballpark could be constructed.
    The agreement is for 49 acres at Dean Martin Drive and Tropicana Avenue, owned by Red Rock Resorts, parent company of Station Casinos.
    “For a while we were on parallel paths (with Oakland), but we have turned our attention to Las Vegas to get a deal here for the A’s and find a long-term home,” A’s President Dave Kaval told the Review-Journal on Wednesday. “Oakland has been a great home for us for over 50 years, but we really need this 20-year saga completed and we feel there’s a path here in Southern Nevada to do that.”

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  • Strip retail center cleared, leaving ‘prime’ spot for development

    April 17, 2023 | Las Vegas Review-Journal | Dave Berns

    The shuttered retail complex Hawaiian Marketplace has been demolished to make way for a new 300,000-square-foot retail center on the east side of Las Vegas Boulevard, just south of Harmon Avenue.

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  • Many casino game builders still recovering from pandemic

    April 11, 2023 | Las Vegas Review-Journal | McKenna Ross

    The global gaming industry’s suppliers are rebounding from the effects of the pandemic, according to a new study.

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  • Las Vegas small businesses 'audition' for Super Bowl work

    April 11, 2023 | New3 LV | Steve Wolford

    LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — Dozens of small and minority-owned businesses were at UNLV’s Black Fire Innovation Center Tuesday. They were there to pitch their businesses to the Las Vegas Super Bowl Host Committee and NFL Business Connect for an opportunity to work with NFL vendors ahead of Super Bowl 58 in Las Vegas next February.

    “Considering I didn’t have a pitch, nor prepared, I think it went okay,” said Elite Photography Group owner Camilla Sjodin. She took part in the Shark Tank-style interview process in hopes of landing additional work ahead of the Super Bowl. “A big part of what we do is corporate events, and I imagine around Super Bowl there's going to be a huge demand for event photographers,” she said. “And, even though I'm a small business I can expand in a second.”

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  • Driven by sports and entertainment, Las Vegas visitors spent 33% more in 2022 than 2019

    April 11, 2023 | CDC gaming | Buck Wargo

    The average Las Vegas visitor spent a record $1,156 in 2022, boosting visitor spending to an all-time high of $44.9 billion, despite the city falling 3.7 million short of 2019 visitation levels prior to the pandemic.
    A report issued Tuesday by research firm Applied Analysis and presented to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority’s board of directors shows that 2022 overall spending grew by 24.4% over 2021 and was 21.6% higher compared to 2019.
    The annual report outlines economic impacts associated with the region’s tourism industry and convention travel, including visitor spending on rooms, dining, shopping, sports, local transportation, and other activities and amenities.

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  • A Positive Outlook – Spending Spree

    March 27, 2023 | Las Vegas Review-Journal | Brian Gordon, CPA Principal, Applied Analysis

    Consumers have been on a spending spree since the economy reopened and stimulus programs rolled out. At the same time, four-decade-high inflation has also been pushing prices to unprecedented levels in the past year. All of this has pointed toward consumer spending patterns that have reached new heights. Quite frankly, since last year, I have been touting that this renewed pace of spending is unsustainable. I have been proven wrong—at least to date.
    Whether you agree with the policy decisions to stimulate the economy during the past three years, it is clear that the actions by the federal government shortened the length of the economic fallout and extended the recovery that ensued. The intentional shift has clearly impacted consumer behavior. Consumers felt flush with cash, homeowners were locked in record-low mortgage interest rates and wages ratcheted up in response to labor shortages. As a result, slowing the spending spigot has been difficult for many.

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  • Expert tells builders downturn is temporary

    February 10, 2023 | Las Vegas Review-Journal | Buck Wargo

    Despite rising mortgage rates slowing new and existing home sales, a housing expert told the Southern Nevada homebuilding industry that’s temporary and with 6,000 people moving to Las Vegas a month, there could be a housing shortage within the next one to two years.
    The presentation made by Brian Gordon, a principal at Applied Analysis, will help ease concerns of builders looking to construct more homes amid the current slowdown. His catch phrase is how the housing market is starting to stabilize after its decline. New home net sales — sales minus cancellations — fell 33 percent in 2022 while the median new-home price rose 17 percent, according to Las Vegas-based Home Builders Research.

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  • Southern Nevada’s big year ahead culminates decade of growth in the Valley

    February 06, 2023 | Las Vegas Sun | Ray Brewer

    Jeremy Aguero, the principal analyst with the fiscal and policy research firm Applied Analysis, late last month detailed the economic growth experienced in Las Vegas over the past 10 years to an audience of the business community at Preview Las Vegas.
    Aguero, a master at presenting his findings after more than two decades of economic and fiscal impact dissection, certainly caught everyone’s attention.

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