What Las Vegas really wants, though, is something more permanent – a team of its own. So far, the city has struck out trying to land one from the four major sports. Las Vegas may have the biggest hotels in the world, including a $7 billion resort complex under construction that other cities could never match. But it still looks with envy at more sedate places like Indianapolis that have teams – and titles. He’s been rebuffed for moral and financial reasons, but the fast-growing city now has a relatively affluent population of 2 million and might eventually prove so attractive it can’t be ignored. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I think Las Vegas is the next great world city, and a component part of that has to be a major league team, be it NBA, NHL, baseball or football,” Mayor Oscar Goodman said. “That’s what makes great American cities.” A big part of the problem for Las Vegas is other American cities weren’t built on gambling. Leagues already wary of betting scandals are even more wary of committing a team to play in a place where betting is not only tolerated but encouraged. “It’s not about a moral crusade about gambling,” NBA commissioner David Stern said when announcing the All-Star game would be in Las Vegas. “It’s just about betting on basketball games.” To land the All-Star game, casino sports books agreed not to accept bets on it, a concession easily made since it’s an exhibition that hardly anyone bets on anyway. The casinos, though, made it clear they won’t do the same for an entire season. Goodman has made it his mission in recent years to lure some sort of team to town, even going so far as to show up at baseball’s winter meetings a few years ago with showgirls and an Elvis impersonator in tow. LAS VEGAS – Nobody does a party like this gambling town, a big reason why the NBA picked it for an All-Star celebration that threatens to add a new definition to the word excess. There are so many A-list happenings on the glittering Las Vegas Strip that Sunday’s game almost seems an afterthought. It’s the first time the NBA has held the annual exhibition in a city that doesn’t have a team. There’s already talk about a return All-Star appearance in a few years.
Neil McGee has been nominated for the Ulster GAA Writers’ Player of the Year award alongside Donegal colleagues Michael Murphy and Ryan McHugh.Donegal have dominated the nominations for the Ulster GAA Writers’ Footballer of the year award, with three Donegal players being shortlisted for the coveted title.Neil McGee earns a nomination for a stunning year at the heart of the Donegal defence.McGee was absolutely immense for Donegal all year, and will almost certainly get a third All-Star award at the GAA-GPA All-Star award ceremony later this month. McGee has also been shortlisted alongside Dublin star Diarmuid Connolly and Kerry’s James O’Donoghue for the GAA-GPA Football of the year award.Talismanic captain Michael Murphy has also earned a nomination for his consistency, leadership and outstanding quality throughout the year.Murphy became the first Donegal man ever to lift the Anglo Celt cup for the third time as captain earlier this summer, when Donegal exacted revenge on Monaghan in the Ulster final in Clones.Ryan McHugh, enjoyed a breakthrough summer, he featured during the ill-fated campaign of 2013, but he played a pivotal role this summer. His performances were simply outstanding all summer, and Donegal followers will never forget his two-goal brace against Dublin in the All-Ireland semi-final.He’s a hot favourite to win the GAA-GPA Young player of the year award after a truly remarkable season for the young Kilcar man.The awards for the Ulster GAA Writers Awards ceremony will take place at The Great Northern Hotel in Bundoran, on Saturday the 1st of November. DONEGAL TRIO NOMINATED FOR ULSTER GAA FOOTBALLER OF THE YEAR AWARD was last modified: October 15th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalGAAHome-page SportMichael Murphyneil mcgeenewsRyan McHugh