Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Sunday that outgoing MGM Resorts International CEO Jim Murren will lead a public-private partnership, the COVID-19 Response Relief and Recovery task force. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
MGM Resorts decided to donate their food shipments instead of returning them to the distributor after the closure of all nonessential businesses in Nevada. After filling up Three Square Food Bank, they moved on to holding food donations with other community partners including the Metropolitan Police Department.
Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak’s 30 day nonessential business closure shuts down 440 licensed casinos and leaves tens of thousands of employees out of work.
Tourists like David and Emma Walker, who are visiting from Scotland, found out about MGM Resorts’ property closures through Google, instead of the Luxor where they are currently staying. The Walkers are upset with how MGM has handled the situation by not making their customers aware of the closures first. (Cassie Soto/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Neil Diamond had a surprise performance during the 24th annual Keep Memory Alive Power of Love gala at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Keep Memory Alive honored Neil Diamond at 24th annual Power of Love Gala and many stars were in attendance for the signature Las Vegas event.
MGM Resorts International and the Las Vegas Raiders announced their partnership Thursday morning, Jan. 23, 2020. MGM Resorts has been named the official gaming partner of the Raiders. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
MGM Resorts International is selling the Bellagio property and leasing it back. This move gives the casino operator a cash infusion of more than $4 billion.MGM announced Tuesday that it reached a deal with New York financial giant The Blackstone Group.
MGM Resorts International signed a sports betting sponsorship agreement with the NBA in July It was the first professional sports league to have official ties with a legal sports betting house. The deal came just two months after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a law prohibiting sports betting in most states. In October, MGM became the first gaming company to sign a sports betting partnership with the NHL. In November, MGM became the first gaming company to sign a sports betting partnership with the MLB. Financial terms of Tuesday’s deal and earlier partnerships have not been announced.
MGM CEO Jim Murren addressing 784 employees of MGM Grand that have worked since the property opened 25 years ago. Murren spoke Friday morning at the new MGM Grand convention center.
The more than 3,000-room Bellagio hotel is situated on the site of the former Dunes Hotel. The Dunes was imploded in 1993, and construction of the Bellagio started in 1996. It cost $1.6 billion to build, making it the most expensive hotel in the world at the time. The Bellagio was former Wynn Resorts Ltd. Chairman and CEO Steve Wynn’s second major casino on the Strip after The Mirage. MGM Resorts International acquired the property from Steve Wynn in 2000. (Tara Mack/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Massachusetts’ first hotel-casino opens in downtown Springfield. The $960 million MGM Springfield has 252 rooms and 125,000-square-feet of casino. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
It only takes a short walk through Circus Circus to realize it attracts a demographic like no other casino on the Strip: families with young children. (Todd Prince/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Statue of Liberty on Las Vegas Strip dons Aces jersey
Unions representing Las Vegas casino workers could call a citywide strike as early as June 1 if they do not reach a deal with employers. Las Vegas casino strikes have been avoided in most cases. The last citywide strike was in 1984. It affected 32 resorts and lasted 67 days. A month-long strike in June could cost MGM Resorts and Caesars as much as $300 million in cash flow, according to a union report In 1984, a union strike fund helped support workers during the period they picketed.
MGM Resorts International has hired at least five former Metropolitan Police Department SWAT team members and several former military officers in recent months as it strengthens security at its properties following the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The company also hired a former Marine Corps sergeant, who is also a firearms instructor, as an emergency response team supervisor in December. “MGM developed an Emergency Response Team Program as part of our commitment to continuous improvement of daily operations and to assess and address security risks,” MGM spokeswoman Debra DeShong said. Each of the five former Metro officers has more than 20 years of experience.
Mandalay Bay, the site of the Oct. 1 shooting, is not turning around as fast as expected, MGM Chief Executive Officer Jim Murren said Thursday. “This is a property that is undertaking a tremendous challenge” and it ”has lagged behind what we had predicted in terms of its performance,” Murren said. The property had a convention cancellation in February and several smaller meeting cancellations, Chief Operating Officer Corey Sanders said. While Mandalay Bay caters mainly to convention attendees some leisure tourists are also “electing to stay away” from the property, Sanders said.
Review-Journal reporters Rick Velotta and John Katsilometes go over the new developments on the Steve Wynn and what is next for the company.
The Culinary union will ask Las Vegas casinos and hotels to supply guest room attendants with panic buttons amid national attention to the issue of workplace sexual harassment. The proposal is part of the union’s demands as it readies for talks for 50,000 of its 57,000 employees on a five-year contract with casinos next month, said Bethany Khan, a spokeswoman for Culinary Local 226. Panic buttons would allow guest room attendants to notify security if they are in an uncomfortable or threatening situation. The union will be renegotiating contracts with Caesars, MGM Resorts International and several downtown casinos starting in mid February.
The newly relocated Las Vegas WNBA franchise will begin play in the 2018 season. New owners MGM Resorts will integrate a professional franchise into Las Vegas’ busy sports landscape that’s shared with the 51s, Lights FC, Golden Knights and Raiders. Here are some of the expectations and challenges the team will have. 1. Ticket prices: The key to any sports franchise is selling season tickets and group outings. For Las Vegas’ team, that starts with locals. “(You don’t) just open the doors and tell everybody you’ve got a game and stand there waiting to sell tickets,” 51s president Don Logan said. “You’ve got to get out, you’ve got to get out into the community and you’ve got to do everything we do. There’s no easy way.” Last year, San Antonio charged $12 to $165 for single-game tickets for 17 home games. 2. Creating an identity: Coach Bill Laimbeer inherits a team from San Antonio that hasn’t made the playoffs or had a winning season since 2012. Las Vegas’ team is also a franchise that lost its first 14 games last season before finishing a league-worst 8-26. 3. Patience will be required: Will they have to fill all 12,000 seats at Mandalay Bay for the season to be deemed successful? “They have to be realistic,” Connecticut Sun CEO Mitchell Etess said. “If they could get 5,000 bodies into every single game, that would be pretty good for the first year.”
Craig Drummond, an attorney at Drummond Law Firm in Las Vegas, discusses the Nevada Supreme Court decision on Humphries v. New York-New York Hotel & Casino and the impact it will have on litigation against Mandalay Bay on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. (Joel Angel Juarez/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @jajuarezphoto
Review-Journal reporters Elaine Wilson, Jeff German and Eli Segall sit down to discuss the latest news on the Las Vegas mass shooting.
Lawyer Robert Eglet explains the 5 types of victims that could receive compensation as a result of the Oct. 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas. Elaine Wilson/Las Vegas Review-Journal
Mandalay Bay security officer Jesus Campos has been staying at an MGM Resorts International property at the company’s expense following the deadly Oct. 1 mass shooting. As a result, some veteran trial lawyers are questioning the company’s gesture and potential influence over Campos, a key witness in the criminal investigation and civil litigation against MGM Resorts. Campos accepted the paid hotel stay for his own protection after he was identified Oct. 4 as the officer shot by the gunman the night of the massacre outside Mandalay Bay. Another veteran trial lawyer, Robert Eglet, said the company’s decision to shelter Campos from the public could backfire.
Rachel Sheppard, whose lawyers filed a lawsuit against MGM Resorts International, the concert host and a bump stock maker, survived after being shot three times at the Route 91 Harvest festival. Her mother tells her story from the Las Vegas Regional Justice Center.
At a news conference, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said MGM Resorts International had the correct timeline of events surrounding the Oct. 1 Strip attack. The sheriff said Monday that Stephen Paddock shot Mandalay Bay security guard Jesus Campos at 9:59 p.m., about six minutes before the gunman turned his weapons on the Route 91 Harvest festival crowd. He previously reported Campos was shot after the attack on the concert crowd. Twice this week, MGM Resorts disputed Lombardo’s revised timeline. Before ending the news conference without taking questions from reporters, the agitated sheriff addressed criticism of his team’s investigation surfacing online. “In the public space, the word ‘incompetence’ has been brought forward,” he said. “And I am absolutely offended with that characterization.”
At a news briefing on Oct. 13 in Las Vegas, Metropolitan Police Department Sheriff Joe Lombardo said there is no conspiracy with any parties involved where the timeline of the Route 91 Harvest festival shooting is concerned.
MGM Resorts International executive Bobby Baldwin has placed his golf-course home in Southern Highlands on the market for $6.25 million. The 12,000-square-foot home sits on 1.26 acres and has its own adjacent park.
1. A boy is dead after suffering a gunshot wound to the head Wednesday afternoon. Police say the wound was self-inflicted, but it’s unclear if the gunshot was accidental or intentional. Before the gunshot, the boy and two others were suspected of burglary, and ran off to evade police. During a standoff with police, officers heard one round discharge, and a barricade response began. Four hours later officers entered the home and discovered the boy, who was transported to Sunrise Hospital where he died.
2. The woman killed in the murder-suicide on Monday was leaving the man who shot her and their infant son, according to her mother. Metro said the department received a call in December of 2016 over a custody issue, but there were no complaints of violence. A family law attorney said John Henry Lunetta never lost his temper or had a history of domestic abuse before killing Karen Michelle Jackson and John Jr.
3. MGM Resorts International executive, Bobby Baldwin, is expected to make a full recovery after falling down two flights of stairs at the Aria on Saturday. The professional poker player broke multiple bones, and suffered a severe head injury. An MGM spokesman said Baldwin will be back at work soon.