WATCH: KNPR's last day at UNLV focuses on thriving sports programs
More than 30 years ago, Las Vegas had the Running Rebels, the champions of the NCAA with stars who went onto professional careers and a coach, Jerry Tarkanian, whose name still evokes respect among those who were here.
But sports in Vegas is so much more today. In fact, last night the Las Vegas Aces won the second-in-a-row WNBA Championship. (The parade is Monday, for those wondering.)
The Golden Knights, Aces, Raiders — and probably professional baseball and the NBA soon to be on the way. The Super Bowl will even be here, when 20 years ago, the NFL banned references to Las Vegas during the Big Game.
While the Golden Knights immediately formed a union with fans, with their first games shortly after the mass shooting on the Strip, loyalty to many in Nevada’s most populated metro area lies with UNLV.
Guests: Tomasa Sanchez, intern, Las Vegas Super Bowl Host Committee; Erick Harper, athletic director, UNLV Athletics; Kevin Krueger, head coach, UNLV Basketball; Nancy Lough, Ed.D., professor, sport management and co-director, UNLV Sports Innovation