Friday, August 05, 2005

What to do with Las Vegas?

It is very interesting how the different professional sports leagues are looking at Las Vegas these days.

The largest metropolitan area in the United States without a major-league professional sports franchise, Las Vegas has been working to change that. The gambling capital of the world was very much a candidate in trying to land the Expos (now Nationals) in Major League Baseball and the NBA is set to announce the 2007 All-Star Game will be played at UNLV's Thomas and Mack Center.

The NFL, on the other hand, wants nothing to do with the city. Not even an imaginary version on television. According to a story in USA Today, the NFL may ban NBC from promoting its hit TV show, "Las Vegas", starring James Caan "because of the league's ban on advertising related to the nation's gambling capital."

"It is an issue we may have to address," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told USA Today. "We do have general restrictions on what can and can't appear."

NBC does not broadcast its first game until the 2007 season.

Vegas mayor Oscar Goodman, a Philly guy, told USA Today that the NFL should work with the city and look to place a team there.

As they say at the tables before the first card is dealt, "Good luck!"

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