Shriners Extend Title Sponsorship for PGA Event in Summerlin Until 2020 — And Other SportsBiz News Briefs

The older gentlemen wearing the red fez hats at TPC Summerlin will be back for another three years after the Tampa-based Shriners continued their title sponsorship for the PGA tournament for the next three years through 2020 in Las Vegas.


The Shriners paid about $4.5 million annually under a five-year deal signed in 2012 and renewed the sponsorship this week for the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open event set for Oct. 30 – Nov. 5. is waiting to hear back from the Shriners about the terms of the new deal. 


The non-profit uses the PGA golf tourney to publicize its 22-hospital health system’s work for kids, while also using it as a fund-raising tool. The Shriners were founded in 1922.


On Friday for only one day,  fans can buy single-day general admission ticket for only $9 during One Day Flash Sale.  They can be bought online here.


In other LVSportsBiz news:


UNLV’s basketball team is selling two mini-ticket plans.


One is called the “Pick-3 Plan,” where a fan can choose one premium game out of Arizona, San Diego State or Nevada at Reno and two non-premium games. That three-game deal has ticket prices that range from $42 – $177 depending on seat location.


The “Conference Plan” allows a fan to attend six games: Utah State, San Diego State, Nevada at Reno, New Mexico, Wyoming and Fresno State. That ticket deal ranges from $72 – $342, depending on seat location.



An online sale begins Thursday. Then it’s open to the public starting Monday.


What do about golf courses in Las Vegas?


Some are financially sinking, so the owners are selling them to developers who want to build houses.


That created a stink at the Badlands course, where Las Vegas Councilman Steve Seroka — who defeated incumbent Bob Beers thanks to Seroka’s anti-house development talk — proposed a six-month moratorium on golf courses going residential.


Golf journalist Dennis Silvers at Badlands golf course in Las Vegas.


But the city council voted against the moratorium this week.


MGM Resorts International may not own a share of the Vegas Golden Knights, but the hotel-casino company is making money off the parking for the NHL team’s fans who will be attending games at T-Mobile Arena (which MGM Resorts does partially own.)



The Golden Knights are suggesting their fans buy pre-paid parking through the website and ParkMobile app.


There are five garages within a 15-minute walk, including MGM Grand ($13 per game), Excalibur ($13 per game), Aria ($18 per game), Monte Carlo ($18 per game) and New York-New York ($18 per game). In addition to these per game rates, all individual game parking passes are subject to a $2 handling fee.



Day-of-game parking will be available for purchase at the MGM Grand ($20) and Excalibur ($25) garages. All other event parking lots will be reserved for advance event parking only. No cash or walk up parking will be available at the other event garages on game days.


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Alan Snel

Alan Snel brings decades of sports-business reporting experience to Snel covered the business side of sports for the South Florida (Fort Lauderdale) Sun-Sentinel, the Tampa Tribune and Las Vegas Review-Journal. As a city hall beat reporter, Snel also covered stadium deals in Denver and Seattle. In 2000, Snel launched a sport-business website for called After reporting sports-business for the RJ, Snel wrote hard-hitting stories on the Raiders stadium for the Desert Companion magazine in Las Vegas and The Nevada Independent. Snel is also one of the top bicycle advocates in the country.

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