Local 872 leader Tommy White said he wants members to be in the position to enjoy the market's growth of sports. Photo credit: Daniel Clark/LVSportsBiz.com

Local 872 Building Sports Resume, Adding New Broadcast Studio and Partnering With Las Vegas Lights Soccer Club

By ALAN SNEL

 

Everyone from MGM Resorts International to Howard Hughes Corp. to hotel-casino owner Derek Stevens is hitching their wagons to Las Vegas’ exploding sports property market.

 

Even Laborer’s Union Local 872.

 

The union of worker bee hardhats behind many of Las Vegas’ construction projects and a strong public supporter of the $1.9 billion Raiders’ stadium project is spending tens of thousands of dollars on building its own TV broadcast studio and partnering with teams such as the new Las Vegas Lights FC soccer team.

 

Local 872 hopes to open a 2,000-square-foot broadcast facility Feb. 1 to promote the Raiders stadium project, interview local leaders on construction projects and stream the content on its website or on an AM radio station, said Tommy White, the business manager and secretary-treasurer of the 2,600-member local.

 

Tommy White wants Local 872 to have its own broadcast studio on Sahara Avenue. Photo credit: Daniel Clark/LVSportsBiz.com

 

Local 872 just cut a deal with the Lights soccer club to spend more than $100,000 for its own section at Cashman Field of 100 seats, including seats under shade for retired 872 members, White said.

 

He noted the six-figure deal also includes advertising and sponsorship components.

 

“Our members love soccer,” White said.

 

White said he considered buying space on the Lights jersey, but he noted Zappos has the front of the jersey while Findlay auto dealerships will have the back of the jersey.

 

Local 872 is also looking at buying a suite for 20 people at T-Mobile Arena. White said it would cost $125,000-$175,000 annually for only Vegas Golden Knights games and another $240,000-$250,000 a year for all other events at the arena.

 

The union is also looking at buying a suite at T-Mobile Arena for Golden Knights hockey games and all other venue events.

 

The union has also purchased ad space along the hockey rink boards at T-Mobile Arena.

 

Check out the Local 872 ad on the Golden Knights hockey boards at T-Mobile Arena.

 

White is a member of the Las Vegas Stadium Authority board and has been a very vocal proponent for his union workers getting started on the construction work at the Raiders 65,000-seat domed stadium project. The stadium is scheduled to open in mid-2020.

 

White also said the Raiders are looking to build its training center in Henderson near The M hotel-casino and the Henderson executive airport.

 

White said his members will also be helping build the new Las Vegas 51s baseball park next to City National Arena along Pavilion Center Drive across from Downtown Summerlin and near Red Rock Resort.

 

LVSportsBiz.com has covered the union’s sports activities in the past, including a rally during the summer in a park in North Las Vegas.

 

And the local is even combining forces with local MMA legend Randy Couture, White said.

 

Local 872 is working with MMA star Randy Couture.

 

 

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Alan Snel

Alan Snel brings decades of sports-business reporting experience to LVSportsBiz.com. 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 FoxSports.com called FoxSportsBiz.com. 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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