This week, Ira spoke with Alan Snel, whose popular website, LVSportsBiz.com, reports the business side of Las Vegas’ expanding sports industry. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Snel talks about the effect of requiring vaccinations for fans attending Raiders games at Allegiant Stadium; why the first fans to see a sports event at Allegiant Stadium were not Raiders fans; how a major soccer team could conceivably happen in Las Vegas; why parking at Allegiant Stadium is a work in progress; the mystery behind Marc Badain, the Raiders president, stepping down; the emotional connection of the Vegas Golden Knights with Las Vegas and the departure of Marc-Andre Fleury; and how Snel’s news site is dedicated to writing compelling stories without an agenda.
From LVSportsBiz: At a recent Regional Transportation Commission media event at Allegiant Stadium, Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak (prior to the Raiders requiring proof of vaccination) was adamant about people getting vaccinated. He said it was even more important than wearing masks. LVSportsBiz.com interviewed the governor on the topic:
Snel is a veteran journalist, with decades of sports-business reporting experience. He covered the business side of sports for the South Florida (Fort Lauderdale) Sun-Sentinel, the Tampa Tribune and Las Vegas Review-Journal. As a city hall beat reporter, he also covered stadium deals in Denver and Seattle. In 2000, Snel launched a sport-business website for FoxSports.com called FoxSportsBiz.com.
After reporting sports-business for the RJ, Snel wrote hard-hitting stories on the Raiders stadium for Desert Companion magazine in Las Vegas and The Nevada Independent. He is also one of the top bicycle advocates in the country.