Consider this my annual “State of the Union” message.
I came to Gaming Today 13 months ago and in that short span, we’ve made great strides in reconfiguring our look. More importantly, we’ve managed to change our message while not totally abandoning our history.
I credit that to our hard-working staff which has bought in to change and takes great pride in what they do.
As you no doubt know and appreciate, trying to keep up with the times while maintaining your core values is a tricky tightrope to navigate. The fact you’re here at the Global Gaming Expo and reading this makes you understand that as well as anyone.
Look around the exhibit hall at the Sands Convention Center. Look at all the amazing and modern games on display that its companies hope will make their way onto casino floors all over the world. You talk to the executives from these companies and they tell you it’s about giving the players what they want.
It’s no different for us at Gaming Today. We’re trying to give our readers what they want.
Sometimes we’re successful. Other times, we come up short. But that doesn’t stop us from tinkering and trying to make this a better publication.
The feedback I get from readers, people in the casino industry and from other media outlets is that we are on the right track. They liked the makeover from last September. They like the new writers and columnists we’ve brought in. They enjoy the feature stories and the way the print edition is designed to make it easier to find stories and columns.
Yeah, some people still miss the GT Girl. Some are disappointed with some of our handicappers’ records to date. Others wish we had retained a few of the veteran columnists who used to write for us.
But change does not come without some pain and pushback. And trust me, we’ve experienced a lot of pain and heartache these last 12 months.
Yet, when I look at GT now and where it was a year ago and even well before that, I see a publication that is alive, vibrant and interesting.
We’ve kept up with the rapid growth of legal sports betting in the United States by adding regional columnists back East and in the Midwest to cover the industry. We have significantly upgraded our gaming industry coverage. We have columns dedicated to betting over/unders in both football and baseball. Our horse racing coverage has been stellar, especially in a year full of controversy.
Our work has been recognized by the Nevada Press Association, something I’m very proud of for us.
Digitally, we’ve made a substantial and successful upgrade to our website — gamingtoday.com — and we have added staff-generated content to make the site relevant and timely, including coverage of the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights, UNLV football, boxing, mixed martial arts and golf.
When there’s breaking news from the casino industry, our Chris Sieroty is there with the story right away. We continue to have real time odds and scores from our association with Don Best Sports on the site.
Can we do better? Of course. We’re listening to the feedback we get, both positive and negative. The things that are working, we’ll continue to build on them. Those that are not, we’ll try and make them better.
It’s an ever changing world and we at Gaming Today are part of that. We hope you continue to like what you see and read every week in print and every day online.