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SBD/July 22, 2014/Leagues and Governing Bodies
After Record Summer League Attendance, NBA Could Add More To Vegas Slate
Published July 22, 2014
CROSSTOWN TRAFFIC: In Las Vegas, Ed Graney wrote Summer League Founder Warren LeGarie and his staff "work on a one-year contract to stage the league" each summer. That set-up is "good in this way: The bigger and more successful it becomes, the more odds increase another city would consider itself a better fit and make a hard push to steal it from Las Vegas." But no one is "resting on any laurels." LeGarie said, "We put pressure on ourselves to look at any areas we might have neglected, things we might have missed, so we can go back and fine-tune it and make this as close to an NBA real-game experience as we can for the fans." Graney wrote, "It would be difficult for another city to wrestle the league away, but what about another venue from UNLV?" It is "tough (impossible?) to beat the current format, with fans being able to walk back and forth to watch games running simultaneously" at UNLV's Cox Pavilion and the Thomas & Mack Center, with practice space "available for teams on campus." But there is also a "certain state-of-the-art MGM/AEG arena being built down the street, which you would think might one day have an interest in staging the summer league" (REVIEWJOURNAL.com, 7/21).