Whether because new boss Sheldon Adelson has commanded it or because the staff doesn’t want to be accused of giving it insufficient attention because of the new boss, the Las Vegas Review-Journal is clearly going to be giving tons of coverage to Adelson’s $1.2 billion football stadium plan. Up today: an article headlined “Lobbying for new Las Vegas stadium begins,” which is honest to god about two guys talking, but nobody knows what they said:
Steve Hill, the governor’s top economic development official and the chairman of a tourism infrastructure panel that will hear the stadium plan next month, said he met with Ed Roski, who owns Majestic Realty Co., a Sands partner on the project.
Roski could not be reached for comment, and Majestic Executive Vice President Craig Cavileer declined to comment Monday.
On Monday, Hill said he met with Roski while visiting the Los Angeles area last week. Hill said he meets with groups to “get a better understanding of projects” and discussed the tourism infrastructure committee process with Roski.
“I wasn’t looking for a reaction,” Hill said.
Yes, that’s Ed Roski of City of Industry vaportecture stadium fame, who is apparently part of Adelson’s stadium cabal. So he and a representative of the Nevada governor talked, and, yeah, well, that’s about it.
Anything else in this story worth actually paying attention to? There’s the revelation that Majestic is seeking to get state “tourism-related taxes” for the project (hotel, car-rental, and taxi taxes, as Adelson indicated earlier) approved at a special session of the state Legislature this summer. And Las Vegas Sands spokesperson Ron Reese said of the Hill-Roski meeting, “These are the type of discussions that potentially impact the future of tourism in Las Vegas,” so presumably that’s going to be their sales pitch: Nobody will come to Las Vegas without a new publicly funded football stadium. Maybe if they repeat it enough times, they’ll learn to say it with a straight face.