Elaine Wynn’s brother out of a job at Wynn Resorts

There’s more palace intrigue involving Elaine Wynn’s removal from the board of directors of Wynn Resorts Ltd.

Her brother, Michael Pascal, a longtime executive host for Steve Wynn’s properties, no longer works for the company.

Confirmation came from Wynn spokesman Michael Weaver, who, when asked about Pascal’s status, said, “We don’t comment about former employees.”

Pascal’s departure came last week, a few days before news surfaced that Elaine Wynn was being removed from the board of Wynn Resorts Ltd.

Pascal had worked for the Wynns for more than 30 years. His sister was co-founder of Wynn Resorts and a board member since 2002.

The move to oust Elaine Wynn emerged Friday in a proxy filing with the Securities and Exchange Commision. The filing said the board decided to reduce its Class 1 board members from three to two and not renominate her.

She has owned a 9.4 percent stake since her 2010 divorce settlement with Steve Wynn ended with both receiving about 11 million shares.

She intends to explore her options, she said.

Steve Wynn opened Wynn Las Vegas on April 28, 2005, to celebrate her 62nd birthday.

OSCAR’S TAKE

Former Mayor Oscar Goodman sizes up the May 2 megafight between Floyd Mayweather Jr., and Manny Pacquiao as a combination of “Mardi Gras, Super Bowl and New Year’s.”

He added, “It’s going to be huge.”

He already has received calls from political strategists James Carville and Paul Begala and columnist Al Hunt.

Goodman did some ticket research for them.

“The face value will be anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000,” Goodman said. His ticket broker said he “already has an order for one of the $5,000 seats in the second row for $100,000.”

Goodman probably won’t be joining them.

“I like fights,” he said. “But to be honest I’d rather stay home, be in the comfort of my house and pay $200 to see it rather than deal with the crowd because the truth of the matter is you get an element there, a rowdy element, and now everybody’s in a fight mood.”

Holding up his right hand in the shape of a handgun, he said, “I don’t need that.”

Goodman represented Mike Tyson when the Nevada Athletic Commission met to decide what to do with him after he bit off part of Evander Holyfield’s ear in their June 28, 1997, match at the MGM Grand Garden.

“That was interesting,” Goodman said, because Elias Ghanem, then-chairman of the commission “took me aside and said, ‘Don’t fight this. Take a revocation.’

“I said, ‘Revocation?’ He said, ‘Yes, don’t take a suspension because that’s indefinite.”

Ghanem told Goodman that “revocation is for a year, and then you can come back and reapply. And we can’t fine him for more than we’ve already seized, so it’s like a big win for this guy.

“And he was right because I figured that Tyson was such a valuable commodity for this city they’re going to give him his license back after a year so he can bring people in for a fight.

“They’d be nuts not to, and it worked exactly like that; almost to the day he was back in the ring.”

THE SCENE AND HEARD

I asked Don Marrandino to address rumors that he’s out as chief operating officer at the Hard Rock Hotel. “Nope,” he texted. “In Lake Tahoe Hard Rock. Been there for 8 months. Back and forth.” …

The well-traveled Oscar Mayer Wienermobile can still cut the mustard. It will be in Las Vegas on March 19-22. We will fork over the event locations, dates and times in a future column.

SIGHTINGS

New England Patriots star tight end Rob Gronkowski, partying at Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Cantina at Planet Hollywood on Monday. … Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, with a large group of friends at STK in The Cosmopolitan on Monday… Nicolas Cage and Elijah Wood, filming “The Trust” in the Bonanza Gifts parking lot Monday night. … Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, having lunch at Wolfgang Puck Bar &Grill at the MGM Grand on Monday. He was promoting the upcoming around-the-world flight by Capt. Judy Rice (ThinkGlobalFlight.org). Aldrin, 85, will join her on the first leg — to Montana and Alberta, Canada — and later join Rice for the last two weeks of the journey. Aldrin spent 21 hours on the moon in July 1969 with Neil Armstrong. Aldrin had a T-shirt on Monday with the words “Get Your Ass to Mars,” another pet project.

THE PUNCH LINE

“Happy birthday to Justin Bieber. Yesterday he turned 21, which means he can be tried as an adult.” — Jimmy Kimmel

Norm Clarke’s column appears Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. He can be reached at 702-383-0244 or email him at norm@reviewjournal.com. Find more online at www.normclarke.com. Follow Norm on Twitter @Norm_Clarke.

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