Las Vegas to Host New Football League Championship

By Matt Swenson, October 31, 2018

Las Vegas has been selected as host of the first two Alliance of American Football championships.

The new football league, the brainchild of TV producer Charlie Ebersol, will kick off its inaugural season Feb. 9. While Las Vegas isn’t represented in the eight-team league, all roads will lead to Sam Boyd Stadium. The title game will be played April 27.

Additionally, MGM Resorts International is partnering with the AAF. Fans inside stadiums can use MGM’s app to place bets on outcomes.

The nascent league has star power—at least among its coaches, including Steve Spurrier, Mike Singletary and Dennis Erickson.

Vegas had a team in the Vince McMahon-led XFL in 2001, and the Raiders are scheduled to move to the city from Oakland in 2020.

Ebersol left open the possibility AAF may add a team to Las Vegas, which has grown into a pro sports hot spot thanks to the success of the NHL’s Golden Knights.

Bree Nidds leaves Virginia’s Blue Ridge to join former boss Alex Michaels at Discover Lehigh Valley.

Matt Libber leaves the family business and events operations to run the well-regarded Maryland SoccerPlex.

USA Fencing is currently seeking proposals to host its January 2021 North American Cup. The four-day competition features more than 1,500-1,700 athletes.

Help us pick the 2018 Connect Sports Game Changers. Nominations are due March 29. Once again, we are proud to count SportsPittsburgh as a sponsor.

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