This week, Ira spoke with journalist Alan Snel, whose popular website, LVSportsBiz.com, reports the business side of Las Vegas’ expanding sports industry. He’s author of “Long Road Back to Las Vegas: How Las Vegas and the Golden Knights healed a journalist’s wounds.” In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Snell talks about about his road back to recovery and Las Vegas after a traumatic bicycle accident; his development of a unique website to cover the burgeoning intersection of sports and business in Las Vegas; the top five stories of 2019; and what he sees as the future of major sports in Las Vegas.
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, Snel also covered stadium deals in Denver and Seattle. In 2000, he 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. Snel is also one of the top bicycle advocates in the country.