University Forum Lecture: How Does Las Vegas Fit Into the Changing Landscape of Sport?

Featured Lecturer: Steve Miller, CEO of Agassi Graf Holdings

Monday, February 5 at 7:30
Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art Auditorium
Free to attend, no registration required.


After years of no major professional sport teams, Las Vegas recently became one of the most talked about sport cities in the U.S. With new pro teams now flooding the market, including the NHL’s Golden Knights, the United Soccer League’s Las Vegas Lights,—set for a February Start—and MGM Resorts International’s new WNBA team that will relocate from San Antonio to the Mandalay Bay Events Center this year, it’s difficult to imagine that fans will have discretionary dollars left to buy tickets when the NFL Raiders franchise relocates to Las Vegas in 2020. In addition to this, the Las Vegas Motor Speedway is also adding a second NASCAR event in 2018 atop the already established UNLV teams, UFC fights, the National Finals Rodeo (NFR), and occasional big-time boxing matches.

So the question emerges… How likely is Las Vegas to succeed as a major league or world-class sport city?

Steve Miller, CEO of Agassi-Graf Holdings, brings years of experience as a Nike executive, an NCAA Division I athletic director, President and CEO of the Professional Bowlers Association, and an entrepreneur to discuss this intriguing question.

This event is co-sponsored by the Sport Marketing and Management Association and the College of Education Department of Educational Psychology & Higher Education. 


Did you know?

The UNLV College of Education offers a Graduate Certificate in College Sport Leadership. This program is for students who wish to develop a deeper understanding of college sport leadership and career options in the intercollegiate athletics field. Find more information here.