This week, Ira spoke with Journalist Alan Snell, 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 challenges of professional sports in dealing with the coronavirus in Las Vegas; how T-Mobile Arena and Allegiant Stadium will handle returning fans in the era of social distancing; how food and beverage, a key part of the sports facilities’ business model, will have an alternative distribution; and how certain sports will weather the crisis while others will have a challenging period. Snel also discusses his new book, “Bicycle Man Life of Journeys,” a collection of stories from the viewpoint of a traveling journalist and bicycle aficionado.
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.