Since I’m freshly back from watching the Arizona Cardinals beat the Minnesota Vikings on "Sunday Night Football" (which, by the way, NBC has turned into a much better product than ESPN’s "Monday Night Football"), I’m excited about what a pro football team does for a community. And since it’s the season of hope, let me suggest that we in Las Vegas ought to build the mother of all football stadiums on the UNLV campus.
We split the stadium between the UNLV football team and acquire an NFL franchise to move to Las Vegas. Everyone thinks we could get the Raiders. Maybe we could. But there any number of NFL teams that would be interested in an NFL venue in Las Vegas. For example, the Minnesota Vikings can’t get taxpayers to build them a new stadium and are said to be looking.
The Las Vegas Vikings. I like it. And it’s a two-fer for Minnesotans who could then visit their money … and their team … on their semi-annual Vegas vacation. Maybe we would also get the Pro-Bowl or a new major college bowl. On thing’s for sure, none of that can happen without a state of the art stadium.
Anyway, I know there are a hundred problems with these ideas. Besides the cash to build the stadium, there’s that little problem with sports betting being legal in Nevada. That’s something the NFL will just have to get over. Las Vegas will never, ever give up sports betting. And it shouldn’t it. It’s the NFL that needs to change its outdated phobia.
But, hey, why focus on the negative. if Las Vegas can build CityCenter, the biggest and best football stadium ought to be a piece of cake.
Chalk it up as a pipe dream if you will, but I honestly think we could pull it off.
That’s my musing for the day. Perhaps all it does is spark a little conversation on a Monday morning. I hope it sparks more.