It’s great to be here at GamingToday, a publication that has been part of Las Vegas for 43 years, and, hopefully, will be around for many years to come. I’m excited to begin the next chapter of my career after 30 years of working in the local sports scene at the Las Vegas Sun and the Las Vegas Review-Journal and I thank Bill Paulos and Howard Barish for bringing me on-board and allowing me to remain in town.
I’ve seen the changes in Southern Nevada over the years and I continue to see them in 2018. The sports scene is radically different from the one I found when I moved here in 1988. Back then, it was UNLV, a minor league baseball team and championship boxing along with lots of club fights and golf tournaments.
But look at what we have today.
The NHL is firmly entrenched. The NFL is coming. The WNBA is here and perhaps the NBA isn’t far off. And that minor-league baseball team? They’ll be playing in a beautiful new ballpark come spring with a new affiliate, a new name and a chance to grow the game in our community.
Boxing is still here. But it has been joined by mixed martial arts, and those combat sports draw huge crowds and thousands of visitors to Las Vegas for their big events. NASCAR visits twice a year now and the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, a jewel of a facility in the north end of town, has been a success.
We have pro soccer and perhaps the day will come when Las Vegas will join Major League Soccer. We also have esports which showcases the best gamers in the world competing for millions of dollars.
Yes, we’re a major league city. And as the rest of America joins Nevada when it comes to legalized sports betting, GamingToday plans to be there to follow the growth. We’ll be in New Jersey and Mississippi, in Delaware and West Virginia. And when New York and Pennsylvania launch their sports wagering ventures along with the other states, we’ll be covering the developments there.
And like a changing world, GamingToday is undergoing alterations. You’ve already seen several adjustments over the past few weeks, from the actual look of our publication to the way the content is packaged. We want to make this a more user-friendly newspaper for the readers and give you what you want.
Many of the features and writers you’ve been accustomed to reading over the years will remain in place. In the weeks ahead, we’ll be juggling our lineup, tweaking things as we look to take GamingToday national. We are revamping our website to make it more user-friendly and provide more content.
We hope you like the new look, and don’t hesitate to reach out if there’s something you don’t care for.