Sheldon Adelson is actually claiming tourists will avoid Vegas without a publicly funded NFL stadium

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.

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3 comments on “Sheldon Adelson is actually claiming tourists will avoid Vegas without a publicly funded NFL stadium

  1. I’m sure somewhere, at some time, someone said “Well, let’s go to (insert NFL Stadium city here) instead of Las Vegas because they have an NFL Stadium!” – the question, of course, is whether or not it is worthwhile to throw however hundred million dollars or so after those 7 or 8 people….

  2. Here in Vegas this current funding model has zero chance of passing. Even if they tried to do it without a public vote, a petition drive is already under way to force it on the ballot if it gets to that. Adelson is playing the role of an idiot, has he knows darn well the inverse is true. Tourists are already getting gouged through hidden taxes like resort fees, leisure fees, elimination of moderately-priced food and shows, and the big one: charging for parking. Room rates have skyrocketed, existing taxes are almost 13%, and the service more than suck. Not to mention, due to the pooling of tips, wages are artificially suppressed, as the hourly is calculated based on the amount of tips received. So in essence, tourists are subsidizing part of the salary for workers.

    You still have talking heads via radio and print pushing this ridiculous notion of “you have to build it” in order to compete. No you don’t have to build a single thing. There was one (Mike Pritchard – who by the way is horrible at his job) who claims he is against taxing the locals, yet fail to realize that this funding mechanism is taxing the locals. Bonds will be issued in backing up the tax revenue. If there is not enough money generated from taxes to pay the estimated $70+million in annual bond payments, what do you think the county will do? Raise taxes. Yet try explaining that to know-it-alls.

  3. I truly pity the employees at that newspaper. It must be unbelievably stressful trying to figure out what Adelson stories to cover and which to ignore. Roughly that has equated to “cover all the good stuff and ignore all the bad” but he’s got his fingers in so many different pots with so many different layers, some of the good stories can quickly turn negative so they must be scared of fully covering anything he is involved in.

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