Wilner: Vegas is the place to be

May 29, 2018 3:00 AM

An increased Pac-12 Conference football presence in Las Vegas is being promoted by sportswriter Jon Wilner’s popular blog, Pac-12 Hotline.

Wilner says conference teams have made trips to Atlanta and Texas venues in recent years, but should consider playing these intersectional games at neutral sites closer to home, such as Las Vegas.

USC and Alabama last week announced a game in AT&T Stadium near Dallas to start the 2020 season, a rematch of their 2016 opener. Wilner points out that although these games guarantee multi-million dollar paydays they are “a few thousand miles east of ideal for the conference.”

He continues, “What Pac-12 football needs … what it must secure in coming years … is to create a mammoth football presence in Las Vegas, starting with an annual Labor Day weekend showcase game at the Raiders’ stadium against marquee programs in the Big Ten.”

The new Raiders’ stadium is expected to be completed in 2020.

Wilner also believes the conference, currently under contract to stage its title game in Levi’s Stadium near San Jose, Calif., through the 2019 season, should move that championship to Las Vegas, as well. The conference currently holds its ultra successful basketball championship in Las Vegas at T-Mobile Arena.