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Adam Candee

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Reporting on Raiders, Vegas Golden Knights and other sports issues in Southern Nevada

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A new voice from an old friend kicks Raiders negotiations back into gear
Friday, Dec. 15, 2017
This stadium authority meeting did not start Thursday. It pretty much just continued from November’s icy gathering right through a much warmer 90 minutes at UNLV’s Foundations Building. The tensions of last month’s meeting prompted a frank session initiated by Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak, the de facto intermediary between Southern Nevada and the East Bay. More to the point ...
Deadlines again creep up on Raiders, stadium authority to finish project documents
Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017
Most of the outstanding agreements involving the board and the Raiders need to be wrapped up by February 2018, which already is an extended deadline from October ...
It’s not just a guy thing: Women leaders play a huge role in growth of Las Vegas Bowl
Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017
You might be surprised to know how many seats at college football bowl games are occupied by women. Their passion for the game is real, and female business leaders in Southern Nevada underscored that point by creating The Huddle, a group that works with the Las Vegas Bowl to showcase the area to visitors.
Zinke recommends shrinking Gold Butte National Monument
Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017
Designated for government protection less than a year ago, Gold Butte National Monument could shrink in size significantly at the recommendation of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.
In a report issued Tuesday ...
Q+A: Butch Harmon on renovations at his Rio Secco Golf Club
Monday, Nov. 27, 2017
The capable hands of course architect Rees Jones and the trained eye of instructor Butch Harmon could steer most golf courses to success ...
Raiders stadium by the numbers: What to expect at the new jewel just off the Strip
Monday, Nov. 27, 2017
It got real this month: Ground was broken on the stadium that will be home to Nevada’s first NFL team, the Las Vegas Raiders, as well as the new home of UNLV football. In five minutes, we’ll make you an expert on the stadium’s size, capacity, cost, parking and construction ...
In Raiders stadium deal, sides still split over workforce, business goals
Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017
Public policy that relies on the kindness of private business tilts power away from the people appointed to use it in their interest. Welcome to the unenviable position of of the ...
Raiders break ground on future home while continuing long goodbye to old one
Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017
“Through the whole process, it’s been a balancing act of trying to enjoy the fact that we’re going to be moving to Las Vegas, but not disrespecting the fans in Oakland,” Davis said. “They’re very, very dear to us and very important to us. So that’s been the toughest thing.”
Raiders break ground today on 65,000-seat stadium
Monday, Nov. 13, 2017
The Oakland Raiders will put the first shovels in the ground today on their $1.9 billion stadium project near the Strip, the next major step in the franchise’s long process of moving to Las Vegas. Seven months after receiving approval from NFL owners to relocate from California to Nevada, Raiders owner Mark Davis ...
Why Raiders, L.V. Stadium Authority are struggling with community benefits plan
Friday, Nov. 10, 2017
On an afternoon when Raiders President Marc Badain said the Super Bowl might be less than seven years away from arriving in Las Vegas, a tense discussion about the ...
Las Vegas aims to host Super Bowl, NFL Draft, FIFA World Cup
Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017
Marc Badain brought quite a bit of hope with him to today’s meeting of the Las Vegas Stadium Authority board. The Raiders president laid out more specifics on ...
Could the GOP tax plan be a game changer for Raiders' Las Vegas stadium?
Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017
First, it would have to pass. Only after the Trump tax plan completes a run through the congressional gauntlet — a tossup possibility at best, according to experts — would the finances for the Raiders stadium in Las Vegas significantly change. A provision in the original version of the bill would prohibit the use of tax-exempt bonds to finance public stadium projects. Such bonds would make up the bulk of the $750 million in public funding approved by the Nevada Legislature in October 2016 to ...
Industry touchdown: At least in the short term, stadium construction promises work for local businesses
Monday, Oct. 23, 2017
Decades of study and debate over the economic benefits of taxpayer-funded stadiums often show a deep divide between what supporters promise and what balance sheets deliver. Less often doubted is the boost to ...
How the Route 91 attacks will change the Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon
Friday, Oct. 13, 2017
The organizers of the Las Vegas Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon operate out of San Diego, but the Oct. 1 massacre still carries deep personal meaning for them. Beyond the obvious need for logistical adjustments to next month’s marathon plans in the wake of ...
The one phone call that set the Golden Knights' emotional tribute in motion
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017
Brian Killingsworth arrived at his Vegas Golden Knights office on Oct. 2 to face the task of transforming a planned opening-night party into the first major remembrance of ...
Howard Hughes Corp. to build Summerlin ballpark for 51s
Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017
Years of delays and doubts about the new ballpark sought by the Las Vegas 51s vanished today with the announcement of plans for a Downtown Summerlin stadium. Howard Hughes Corp. ...
Mets to end affiliation with 51s after next season
Monday, Oct. 9, 2017
By the time the Las Vegas 51s move into a new ballpark in Summerlin, they will have a new parent club in the big leagues. The Mets have reached a deal to buy ...
Gunman had stayed at high-rise overlooking another Las Vegas music festival
Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017
The gunman in Sunday’s massacre at the Route 91 Harvest Festival near Mandalay Bay had stayed in a downtown high-rise in the days leading up to the Life is Beautiful festival in September. Stephen Paddock stayed in ...
How school gardens, food 'rescues' are helping Nevada's hungry
Monday, Oct. 2, 2017
One in seven households in Clark County is food-insecure, defined by Three Square Food Bank as not having access to sufficient nutritious food. In the valley’s hardest-hit ZIP code — 89106, near downtown — that share leaps to more than 25 percent. And society’s most vulnerable make up ...
Panels talk Raiders and the future of pro sports in Las Vegas
Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017
Imagine trying to explain last week’s panel discussions on the future of professional sports in Las Vegas even five years ago. Executives from the Raiders and ...
Raiders stadium community benefits deal comes to the fore
Friday, Sept. 15, 2017
Most of the Las Vegas Stadium Authority’s work slowed considerably by its own choice, but a key document under its watch moved closer to ...
Raiders could remain at Oakland stadium in 2019 after all
Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017
The Raiders might not end up nomads in 2019 after all. Scott McKibben, executive director of Oakland’s stadium authority, said today he would be willing to negotiate a lease extension with the Raiders for the 2019 season and beyond at the Coliseum, if necessary. “I believe that ...
Lack of deadlines slowing pace of Raiders agreements in front of Stadium Authority
Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017
Months ago, Las Vegas Stadium Authority Chairman Steve Hill expected Thursday’s meeting to carry well into the evening as draft agreements came before the board for ...
First person: What that walk to Raiders stadium will be like
Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017
To the roughly 20,000 people the Raiders expect to walk from the Strip to every home game: Never fear, because we tested out the sweaty hike Sunday afternoon, years before ...
The new anchors: In online shopping era, retail centers have increasingly turned to restaurants to boost traffic
Monday, Sept. 11, 2017
As major bricks-and-mortar retailers struggle in the e-commerce era, restaurants serve as new anchors for shopping centers searching for ways to lure customers inclined to let Amazon do the walking. Most will not ...
Delay with development agreement shouldn’t slow stadium construction
Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017
One of the most important agreements between the Raiders and the Las Vegas Stadium Authority will not be completed until next year, but the delay is not expected to ...
Ties grow between Raiders, Jerry Jones in Las Vegas stadium project
Monday, Aug. 28, 2017
The Raiders continue the gradual increase of their presence in Southern Nevada and it appears the events management company of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones will play a major role. The involvement of Legends in the universe of the Las Vegas Raiders became known officially in a July 13 presentation to the Las Vegas Stadium Authority board by Icon Revenue Group ...
FAQ on PSLs: How personal seat licenses for Raiders stadium will work
Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017
Do not expect to walk up to the box office at the new Las Vegas Raiders stadium and buy a ticket on any given Sunday. Even placing a season ticket deposit ...
The Raider Image goes public at two Southern Nevada retail shops
Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017
In two months, the Raiders will plant their next visible roots in the valley with the opening of official merchandise stores at the Galleria at Sunset mall and Town Square ...
Just how much will those Raiders seat licenses cost?
Friday, Aug. 18, 2017
Start filling up your piggy bank now to prepare for the day the bill comes due on your Las Vegas Raiders personal seat licenses. Thursday’s meeting of the Las Vegas Stadium Authority board included ...
What’s missing from Raiders meeting agenda as important as what’s there
Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017
The two trickiest agreements left for the Las Vegas Stadium Authority to negotiate before the Raiders break ground later this year do not appear on Thursday’s board meeting agenda. Neither the UNLV joint-use agreement nor the community benefits agreement appear on a lengthy schedule for the board’s first gathering since mid-July. The UNLV document merited a brief status update at ...
Golden Knights trademark effort gets a win, but OT still needed
Friday, Aug. 11, 2017
The war continues, but the Vegas Golden Knights won the most important battle in their trademark fight with the federal government. ...
Social intelligence: How the Golden Knights are winning Twitter and Facebook
Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017
Dan Marrazza learned through many trials that the golden hour begins at 4 p.m. Monday. Outside Las Vegas, the magical time could occur on any weeknight after the family finishes dinner and retreats to their cellphones, or even on a Saturday morning while parents zone out as ...
Pro athletes won’t pay income tax in Nevada, but there’s a bigger picture
Monday, Aug. 7, 2017
The arrival of the Vegas Golden Knights this year and the Raiders in three years will excite local sports fans, but the players might feel equally giddy about the prospect of calling Nevada home. As one of seven states that does not tax personal income, Nevada offers ...
No Raiders stadium jobs yet available despite ongoing flap over activists' misleading flyer
Friday, Aug. 4, 2017
An organizer for the group that drew people to July’s Las Vegas Stadium Authority meeting with a flyer advertising jobs admitted Thursday the ad was “a little misleading” but defended its intent ...
Oakland officials seeking nearly $1M in unpaid parking fees from Raiders
Friday, Aug. 4, 2017
In NFL terms, the Raiders could owe their California landlord roughly the cost of just two rookie salaries in unpaid parking fees. Yet to the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum Authority, the overdue $920,000 represents a significant default worth a potential legal battle if the sides cannot settle ...
Group that lured job seekers to Raiders meeting with misleading flyer returns with new advertisement
Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017
The community group that attracted people seeking employment to a recent Raiders stadium planning meeting with a misleading flyer promising jobs produced a ...
UNLV hires powerful N.Y. sports law firm after receiving Raiders stadium proposal
Friday, July 21, 2017
Despite publicly saying they see “no hurdles” in dealing with the Raiders, UNLV officials hired a lawyer versed in knocking them down after seeing the team’s first offer. UNLV responded to the ...
Post Faraday, North Las Vegas relies on rapid industrial growth
Thursday, July 20, 2017
Beset by damaging economic news in recent weeks, North Las Vegas can find comfort in its continuing industrial real estate boom. The announcement by embattled carmaker Faraday Future that ...
Activist's bogus stadium job claim leaves hundreds frustrated outside Raiders meeting
Friday, July 14, 2017
False hope of work on the new Raiders stadium drew hundreds of people from some of the valley’s poorest neighborhoods downtown Thursday afternoon, only ...
Hundreds seeking work at Raiders stadium tricked by phony flyer, force meeting delay
Thursday, July 13, 2017
A misleading flyer circulated by longtime local community activist Stanley Washington attracted hundreds of people to Thursday’s Las Vegas Stadium Authority board meeting in ...
UNLV parking lots, luxury suites among major issues before Raiders stadium board
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
As the clock ticks steadily toward an October deadline for completing a dozen agreements, the Las Vegas Stadium Authority Board meets Thursday with a lengthy agenda largely focused on discussion and review. Central among meeting issues are how the Raiders will share their new building with UNLV and how to craft a community benefits package from the team that best serves ...
In stadium talks, Raiders see UNLV campus as a solution for game-day parking
Friday, July 7, 2017
The Raiders want UNLV to help them solve their stadium parking problems by providing thousands of on-campus spaces for free. The Raiders want to use nearly 80 acres of ...
Apartment rents rise for 15th straight month as valley's housing market tightens
Thursday, July 6, 2017
The impact of a vanishing housing supply in Southern Nevada ripples its way through the local rental market this summer with little relief in sight. Driven by the area’s ...
Counting on retail sales, Golden Knights play up in-store experience
Friday, June 30, 2017
In an Amazon world, a decidedly offline experience forms the core of the Vegas Golden Knights merchandising strategy. It starts at the photo-op armored knight statue ...
United Airlines accounts for busiest May ever at Las Vegas airport
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
More than 4.2 million passengers traveled through McCarran International Airport last month, marking the busiest May in the facility’s history. That number bests the airport’s total from ...
Owning trademark still a goal of Golden Knights
Friday, June 23, 2017
The Golden Knights name and logo still officially do not belong to the team, leading the franchise to advance this month the legal battle to own its trademark rights. On behalf of the Golden Knights, attorneys for the NHL responded to the initial trademark refusal of ...
SBA chief’s WWE experience prepared her for Washington
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Linda McMahon knows how to navigate daily drama and shifting storylines at work. In fact, she built a billion-dollar global business that sells both as fun. Running World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) prepared her well for the maelstrom of politics in the era of President Donald Trump, her good friend who appointed her as administrator of the federal Small Business Administration. Here are excerpts of the conversation with the Las Vegas Sun: ...
Contractors of Raiders stadium detail work timeline, bid process to eager audience
Friday, June 16, 2017
If you build it, they will come. An estimated 1,300 people interested in being part of constructing the new Raiders stadium packed a Green Valley Ranch ballroom to capacity Thursday. Within the information they heard about the bid process and project team ran a clear message from construction partners Mortenson and McCarthy ...
UNLV's game-day rent, field markings among scores of still-unsettled issues with Raiders
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
The bulleted list in tiny print stretches four pages, listing 119 potential issues in a stadium-use negotiation between UNLV and the Raiders. Even that does not encompass the ...

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