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UNLV could receive about $1 million for moving Arizona football game

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UNLV Athletic Director Jim Livengood details the circumstances surrounding his retirement Wednesday, May 8, 2013.

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Athletic Director Jim Livengood retires

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Las Vegas Sun sports editor Ray Brewer and UNLV beat writer discuss the possible reasons for Jim Livengood's sudden departure and what it means for the athletic department.

UNLV may be in for a $1 million payday for moving its home opener, according to Rebels Athletic Director Jim Livengood.

At a media gathering Wednesday to announce his retirement, Livengood was asked about the negotiations for the Sept. 7 game that is scheduled to open the UNLV football team’s home slate this season. The Rebels recently contacted Arizona about moving that game to University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

Livengood had said the deal could be done as early as today, and despite his impending departure it’s still moving forward and could be finalized “any day.”

When asked if it would be in the neighborhood of the $750,000 UNLV took to play at West Virginia in 2010, Livengood said “it’s way north of that.”

“If I had my first choice we’d never move a game like that,” Livengood said. “But from a fiscal standpoint, we don’t want to be laying people off or dropping programs and this is one of the ways that can help us right now.

“Bobby (Hauck) has been an absolute saint in terms of looking at it through those things.”

Livengood said lawyers for the involved parties are working on the final details. The exact payment plus the plan for Rebels fans who already bought season tickets are expected to be announced at the same time as the game’s movement.

If it goes through, UNLV would open the season with back-to-back games outside of Las Vegas against BCS conference teams (at Minnesota, Aug. 29) before hosting its first of six home games on Sept. 14 against Central Michigan.

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  1. UNLV might at $1 Million but how much is Las Vegas going to lose because of all the people going to AZ instead of Vegas?

    I have a feeling the tradeoff is a loser.

  2. Anything the Rebels can do to get money is a bonus. UNLV, unfortunately, isn't going to have deep pockets for another 50 years.

  3. Seems like he is acting as if he is still AD at UofA.

  4. It is (was) not Livengood's job to be take care of the entire Las Vegas community. His job is to run and make money for the athletic department at UNLV. Tell the casino and tourism industry to cut him a check for $1 Million+ and then they'll keep the game at Sam Boyd.

    I'd argue it is more the responsibility of the community to support the university than the other way around. Obviously it sucks losing a home game, but for an athletic department that is in dire need of money, I can't fault the move.

  5. Nice to see that the game will not be on the PAC 12 Network. CBS Sports Television at least is on Directv.

    Back to back road games against BCS teams in a make or break year for Hauck? Depth was an issue before and it will be again when once again a young team with little success gets beaten up. UNLV Football should not be the Georgia State on the West Coast when it comes to scheduling.

    With Nevada being a conference game - as long as UNLV can schedule 4 cupcakes - the program just needs to win 2 conference games to go bowling! How about taking a page out of how Kansas State and Texas Tech got things rolling - get to 6-6 to go to the post season.

    The other bright side is that firing Hauck will be easier if he starts the season 0-2? The cycle somehow needs to stop with paycheck games, where a Real Head Coach is hired. San Jose State and Utah State figured out how to go from UNLV's levels to going to bowl games. How are they going to sell a large on campus stadium with a bad team with the most attractive games not played in Vegas? Take the money now - but use it to pay off the bad contract for a losing Football Coach.