In Las Vegas, Richard Velotta notes the committee making recommendations to Gov. Brian Sandoval and the Nevada Legislature on "attracting events to the new Las Vegas stadium is leaning toward expanding the role" of the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority and Las Vegas Events, "rather than forming" a new sports commission. Las Vegas Events, a nonprofit funded by the LVCVA, would be "modified to function as a public body that would be responsible for attracting events to the stadium and other Southern Nevada venues" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 10/11).
GOTTA HAVE FAITH: In Minneapolis, Rochelle Olson writes U.S. Bank Stadium is "proving to be a draw for the faithful to celebrate and pray." In the past few months, the two-year-old venue has "played host to a concert for evangelical youth, the holiest Muslim holiday and on Wednesday, 12,000 Catholic schoolchildren celebrating mass with Archbishop Bernard Hebda." More youth events are "on the calendar." Religious groups "book the events with SMG" (Minneapolis START RIBUNE, 10/10).
OVER AND OUT? In Miami, Douglas Hanks notes a federal appeals court "sided with Miami-Dade in a no-bid deal" with David Beckham and partners to "buy county land for an Overtown stadium" Beckham no longer wants. The District Court of Appeal ruled "against Bruce Matheson, a wealthy landowner near the former stadium site who last year sued the county over the legality of selling public real estate without inviting other bids." Should the Beckham group "seek more time to decide on the Overtown purchase, the county will have the chance to either play hardball or find a way to extend the deadlines" (MIAMI HERALD, 10/11).