In a surprise to nobody the group backed by MGM Resorts filed a lawsuit today alleging "rampant fraud" in the collection of signatures by a group seeking to build a Las Vegas sports arena on the Strip. The proposed site, behind Bally's and Paris, sits on land donated by rival Caesar's Entertainment.
This is just the latest skirmish in the ongoing , and seemingly never-ending, quest to draw a professional sports franchise to Las Vegas. While detractors claim that the proposed arena, which would be publicly funded by a 0.9 cent increase to the Strip sales tax, would cost the city jobs, proponents suggest that this model of build first attract later has worked for other cities. Tropicana Field, home of the Tampa Bay Rays was built before the franchise was awarded to the city.
Regardless of one's opinions on the proposed arena one things remains clear, many of those opposed and those in favor have vested economic interests at stake, so take their stances with the requisite grain of salt.
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