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The Las Vegas Thread

Vee

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Las Vegas Confidential: Allegiant Stadium ticket sales surge​

Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas is not sold out – yet – but it is heading that way with ticket sales for the NRL’s historic double header surging.

Ticket sales continue to climb for the NRL’s historic season kick-off in Las Vegas.
The NRL has hit the 40,000 tickets sold mark for the double-header to be held at Allegiant Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

With an increasing presence of advertising, marketing and fan fare organised throughout Las Vegas, the NRL is hoping to hit 50,000 tickets sold by kick-off.
 

Jamberoo

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They should just give away the last 20k. People are always looking for stuff to do in Vegas and anyone there with a family will take anything that is free on a Saturday arvo. Some won’t turn up but the stadium is at the end of the strip and very convenient for tourists. You can even catch the monorail!
 

Maximus

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NRL Vegas 9's live


Geez and people thought the 9s was what had the most potential to showcase the game. 45 people watching on youtube, and more players than spectators.
 

Reflector

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Manly supremo Scott Penn is considering buying a stake in the proposed US league and believes Daly Cherry-Evans is the perfect fit to be the face of ‘NRL America’.

Manly supremo Scott Penn is considering buying a stake in the proposed US league and believes Queensland Origin star Daly Cherry-Evans could be the NRL’s version of David Beckham in America. An ‘NRL America’ concept is gathering steam with Penn revealing he is open to striking affiliate links for a possible New York Eagles franchise as part of a 10-team league from 2025.

As revealed by this masthead, a Rugby League America consortium has held talks with ARL Commission boss Peter V’landys and will formally present at an ARLC board meeting in Vegas on Sunday.

Channel 9 kingpin Karl Stefanovic has bought an equity stake in the mooted competition, while Hollywood megastar Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson has been approached to head-up a Hawaiian team.

Now Penn is ready to undertake due diligence on a potential feeder-club alliance with tentacles in America as his Sea Eagles prepare for Sunday’s historic clash with South Sydney in Las Vegas.

Manly majority owner and chair Scott Penn has long held an interest in buying a stake in an American rugby league team. He revealed he had spoken to Sea Eagles skipper Cherry-Evans about becoming the Lionel Messi or Beckham of any new US competition.

“From an ownership point of view it would need to stack up financially,” said Penn, who mainly resides in New York.

“From an involvement point of view and certainly using (players) ... I spoke to ‘Chez’ (Cherry-Evans) about it at the time saying that maybe in a couple of years when he was in the total back end of his career, maybe that could be interesting to be the face of a team over here.

“You are seeing it here in the MLS with Messi. Beckham did it 10 years ago with Galaxy.

“To have some faces, that is what the league is going to need here - some high profile faces to take it to the next level.”

Just turned 35, Cherry-Evans is off-contract next year, when an elite American league is tipped to start, and could feasibly entertain a post-NRL cameo in the US beyond his 36th birthday.

RLA consortium boss Steve Scanlan, who played in America for New Haven in 2005-2006, said Cherry-Evans would be the ideal template for a retired NRL legend shifting to America to help educate local players.

“Daly Cherry-Evans would be precisely the type of player we are looking for,” Scanlan said.

“He has done it all in the NRL and in retirement here, he could be a poster boy for the game in America.

“Imagine a player of Daly’s pedigree living in America and mentoring a young generation of local US kids?

“That’s what this competition is trying to achieve.

“The American lifestyle is certainly one attraction.

“Rather than finishing in the cold of England in Super League, Cherry-Evans, Latrell Mitchell or Reece Walsh could prolong their careers playing league in the bright lights of America.

“If Daly is keen, we would love to talk to him.”

Cherry-Evans, still in superb shape, hasn’t ruled out playing beyond his current Manly deal in 2026.

However, if the brains behind the mooted US Super League can convince the Sea Eagles and Queensland skipper to see out his career in the US, he would be a statement signing.

Likewise, convincing Penn to invest in a New York team would be a significant coup for the code given the impact he has had at Manly.

The business tycoon held talks with a fledgling league some years ago but it never went anywhere.

He has been burned before in that regard but could be convinced to take a serious look at a financial stake in a franchise if the new league can demonstrate its bona fides.

“There were some guys who looked at a New York team three or four years ago,” Penn said.

“They came and met me in New York. We have always said we would have a level of interest. We would obviously need to look at it from the financial point of view to see if it makes sense.

“But we were always open to talking.”

Penn knows the American market as well as anyone given he spends much of the year domiciled in New York. He insists the key to unlocking the rivers of gold in the US lies with securing broadcast coverage.

Crucially, ARL Commission chair Peter V’landys has convinced American broadcaster Fox Sports to show the double header on their main channel.

“The growth of any sport is driven by broadcast so I think the first step, I am very encouraged to see what Peter has done with Fox,” Penn said.

“If we can get more coverage of NRL here, that is (331) million people.”

The RLA consortium has already sold three licences, with a start up fee of $1.5USD million ($2.3m), and has flagged its intention to reach out to NRL clubs for investment opportunities.
New York?

That's in Qld!
 

ouwet

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Not many seats left in the lower bowl and second tier (901 Lower Bowl, 255 on Second Tier). Should come across well on TV if nothing else.

Looks like they've opened 2 new bays for $19 tickets...
Earlier this morning no $19 tickets were available so looking better and better all the time!

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Harry O

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I really hope they smash the living daylights out of each other, with shoulder charges galore. And show these Americans that RL is toughest sport in the universe
 
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Looks like they've opened 2 new bays for $19 tickets...
Earlier this morning no $19 tickets were available so looking better and better all the time!

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Andrew Webster's column published today by the SMH says ticket sales have passed the 45k mark. (source: https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/no...vegas-has-been-a-success-20240229-p5f8pv.html)

Also it goes on to mention that the NRL have done a deal with the US group promoting Tim Tszyu's latest fight to help promote the double header. This marketing group have written to all customers offering a discounted ticket for the double header if they buy a ticket to the fight. Even Webster says this will raise the profile of the NRL with more hard core US sports fans.
 

Wb1234

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Andrew Webster's column published today by the SMH says ticket sales have passed the 45k mark. (source: https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/no...vegas-has-been-a-success-20240229-p5f8pv.html)

Also it goes on to mention that the NRL have done a deal with the US group promoting Tim Tszyu's latest fight to help promote the double header. This marketing group have written to all customers offering a discounted ticket for the double header if they buy a ticket to the fight. Even Webster says this will raise the profile of the NRL with more hard core US sports fans.
Wooo
 

MugaB

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Andrew Webster's column published today by the SMH says ticket sales have passed the 45k mark. (source: https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/no...vegas-has-been-a-success-20240229-p5f8pv.html)

Also it goes on to mention that the NRL have done a deal with the US group promoting Tim Tszyu's latest fight to help promote the double header. This marketing group have written to all customers offering a discounted ticket for the double header if they buy a ticket to the fight. Even Webster says this will raise the profile of the NRL with more hard core US sports fans.
Tim Zoo, souffs fan .... well sort of...
Anyone thought of having Snoop Dogg turn up and sing a rendition of MenuLog at Halftime
 
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This was shown on Fox Sports in the US earlier today, and Fox Sports have now put it on YouTube. Don't get hung up on the hosts referring to it as "rugby" though -

 
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