New Game Mode Takes Flight at Topgolf: The Interactive Angry Birds Game is Now Available at Select Locations Nationwide

 

New Game Mode Takes Flight at Topgolf: The Interactive Angry Birds Game Now Available at Select Locations Nationwide
Addition of Angry Birds at Topgolf lifts off with fan-friendly experiences, including a dance craze featuring Ludacris and Roddy White and spicy new sauce to accompany any food offering

Angry Birds has landed at Topgolf! Topgolf Entertainment Group, a global sports and entertainment company, has partnered with Rovio Entertainment, the creators of the Angry Birds franchise, to launch the newest Angry Birds gameplay offering available now in select Topgolf venues nationwide. To celebrate, Topgolf released a new, limited-edition “Angry Birds Sauce,” and has teamed up with former pro football star Roddy White and world-renowned entertainer Ludacris to share a celebratory dance in which Guests can partake while playing the Angry Birds game at Topgolf.

The Angry Birds game, which uses Topgolf’s Toptracer ball-tracing technology, is family-friendly and perfect for all ages and skill levels to enjoy. Just like the physics-based challenges in the Angry Birds mobile games, Guests will use Angry Birds characters as golf balls to smash down structures, defeat pigs, and earn as many points and stars as possible. Once you hit your golf ball, which will be the Angry Birds character Red or Bomb, they will take flight in hopes of causing mayhem. The player with the most points at the end of the game wins!

In the spirit of having fun at Topgolf, Guests are encouraged to celebrate after a sensational shot with “The Angry Birds Dance.” The dance is an easy-to-do celebration featuring moves inspired by the actual Angry Birds characters, with some extra flare and moves weaved in. To give Guests a proper understanding of the celebration, Topgolf enlisted the help of two Atlanta legends: Roddy White, who spent his entire career as a “bird” himself playing for Atlanta, and acclaimed actor and rapper Ludacris, who can’t wait to see what dance moves Topgolf Guests deliver.

“As a former wide receiver, I know a thing or two about celebrations, having made it to the endzone plenty in my career. However, I haven’t really had a chance to take that off-the-field, so I’ve had a great time doing this with Topgolf and Angry Birds,” said Roddy White. “I think celebrations after golf shots should become the new thing. After getting in a rhythm with the game, I think we nailed the Angry Birds Dance and am glad that Ludacris came around as a champion of it as well.  I’m excited to see folks at Topgolf venues across the nation put their own spin on the dance.”

Topgolf Guests are encouraged to join in on the dance craze and post videos doing the dance to social media. If Guests tag @topgolf and use #AngryBirdsDance, there could be a surprise that ends up in their inbox!

Topgolf Guests can also experience this partnership via their tastebuds with a new “Angry Birds Sauce,” available for a limited time at venues nationwide. The sauce builds on Topgolf’s house ranch by mixing in a hint of garlic and becomes “angry” with the addition of habanero sauce. This limited-edition spicy sauce is perfect for dipping Topgolf fries, tots or cheesy macaroni bites and serves as a great condiment alternative to popular menu options, like burgers, sandwiches and more!

“The Angry Birds partnership is a great example of our work to bring people together for engaging and innovative experiences,” said Topgolf Chief Executive Officer Dolf Berle. “We can’t wait for both ourlongtime fans and those visiting Topgolf for the first time to enjoy everything the Angry Birds launch has to offer – from the gameplay, to the Angry Birds Sauce, to our new dance craze. It is truly a game-changer for our brand that our Guests won’t want to miss.”

Angry Birds, developed and published by Rovio Entertainment, started as a popular mobile game in 2009 and has since evolved into one of the world’s most loved entertainment brands, covering games, blockbuster movies, animated series, location-based entertainment and more. In total, Angry Birds mobile games have been downloaded over 4.5 billion times.

Angry Birds at Topgolf will be available at all U.S. Topgolf venues with Toptracer technology. To learn more, please visit https://topgolf.com/us/angrybirds/.

About Topgolf Venues
Topgolf venues, the first brand experience of Topgolf Entertainment Group, connect people in meaningful ways through technology, food and beverage, and the belief that Topgolf is a place where one can discover common ground no matter the occasion. These venues feature high-tech gaming, climate-controlled outdoor hitting bays, a chef-driven menu, hand-crafted cocktails, music, corporate and social event spaces, and more. Topgolf venues entertain more than 20 million guests annually at over 60 locations across the U.S. and internationally.

About Toptracer
Toptracer, an innovative technology from Topgolf Entertainment Group, is the most-used advanced ball-tracing technology. The first of its kind to be introduced to the game of golf, Toptracer has revolutionized the way viewers experience the game at select Topgolf venues, driving ranges and while watching major golf tournaments.

About Rovio Entertainment
Rovio Entertainment Corporation is a global, mobile-first games company that creates, develops and publishes mobile games, which have been downloaded over 4.5 billion times so far. Rovio is best known for the global Angry Birds brand, which started as a popular mobile game in 2009, and has since evolved from games to various entertainment and consumer products in brand licensing. Today, Rovio offers multiple mobile games, animations and produced The Angry Birds Movie in 2016. Its sequel, The Angry Birds Movie 2, was released in 2019. Rovio is headquartered in Finland and the company’s shares are listed on the main list of NASDAQ Helsinki stock exchange with the trading code ROVIO. (www.rovio.com)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Las Vegas And UNLV Awarded Eight NCAA Championships For 2022-26

LAS VEGAS AND UNLV AWARDED EIGHT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR 2022-26

Division I men’s basketball regional, among other events, coming to Las Vegas for first time in 2023

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 In a historic move, the NCAA announced Wednesday that it has awarded eight championships to the city of Las Vegas and UNLV for the 2022-26 seasons.

 

Las Vegas and UNLV will host the following championships:

 

  • 2023 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Regional – T-Mobile Arena
  • 2023 NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Regional – Bear’s Best Las Vegas
  • 2023 National Collegiate Women’s Bowling Championship – South Point Hotel
  • 2024 NCAA Division I Women’s Golf Regional – Spanish Trail Country Club
  • 2024 NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championships – Boulder Creek Golf Club & The Legacy Golf Club
  • 2024 NCAA Division III Men’s & Women’s Soccer Championships – Peter Johann Memorial Field
  • 2025 NCAA Division II Women’s Golf Championships – Boulder Creek Golf Club
  • 2026 NCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championships – Boulder Creek Golf Club

 

NCAA Championships will return to Las Vegas for the first time since 1998 when both the Division I Men’s and Women’s Tennis Regionals were held at the Frank and Vicki Fertitta Tennis Complex on the UNLV campus. Previous NCAA Championships held in Las Vegas also include the 1996 and 1997 Division I Men’s Tennis Regionals and the 1991 Division I Women’s Basketball West Regional, which was held at the Thomas & Mack Center.

 

In addition to the eight UNLV-hosted events announced, the 2026 Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship at T-Mobile Arena will be hosted by the University of North Dakota.

 

“We are thrilled to welcome upcoming NCAA Championships to Las Vegas and we cannot wait to showcase our great community to participating student-athletes, coaches, their fans and the nation!” said UNLV Director of Athletics Desiree Reed-Francois. “We are grateful for the partnerships with our local and regional leaders to ensure that Las Vegas is as well-equipped as any city in the nation to host world-class events such as NCAA Championship events, and today’s announcement further solidifies Las Vegas as the Sports and Entertainment Capital of the World.

 

“We also look forward to our own UNLV student-athletes competing for national titles in our hometown. Thank you to our staff who worked extremely hard during the bid process and it is great to see that effort result in being awarded eight bids. Today is a great day for UNLV and for the City of Las Vegas.”

 

This is the third time for this specific NCAA championship bid process, which created the largest host site announcement ever, spanning 86 championships across a four-year cycle. Previously, selection announcements varied by sport. This process now gives the NCAA and host sites more time to plan each championship experience.

 

Bidding for 86 of 90 NCAA championships began in August 2019 and more than 3,000 bid applications were ultimately submitted. Each sport committee, per division, selected the host sites it believed would provide the ultimate experience for the respective student-athletes, resulting in more than 450 total championship event sites being awarded. More than 54,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA championships each year. The four championships not included in the process due to preexisting site arrangements are: Division I baseball, Division I football, Division I softball and Division III women’s ice hockey.

AREA15 Invites Fans to Experience Football 360 This Season

Image of Football 360 inside The Portal.
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AREA15 INVITES FANS TO EXPERIENCE FOOTBALL 360 THIS SEASON

WHAT:
Every Monday night and during all Las Vegas Raiders games this season, AREA15 invites football fans to watch their favorite teams inside another dimension. Outfitted with 360-degree, projection-mapped walls and immersive audio and visual elements, Football 360 inside The Portal literally plunks guests into the middle of the action.

Football AREA15-style also features special half-time surprises, trivia contests, swag giveaways, and socially distanced, lounge-style seating with tableside service. Food and drink offerings include a crave-worthy menu crafted by culinary superstar Todd English. Guests can reserve a table of two to four people with a food and beverage minimum starting at $150.

For the Raiders’ home games on Oct. 25, Nov. 22 and Dec. 17, the experience will be taken to a new level with an ambient drum procession of performers during the pre-game and at half-time. The performance is choreographed by Chris Wink, former Blue Man Group co-founder and AREA15’s director of content and cool stuff.

The revolving menu available during football currently features:

  • Seared Wild Caught Salmon $24 – crispy brussels sprouts, sweet potato puree
  • Tuna Tartar Wonton Tacos $14 – avocado crema, wasabi aioli, tabiko
  • Chili-Lime Watermelon Salad $11 – shaved romaine, cotija, cumin vinaigrette
  • Chopped Caesar Salad $9 – romaine, radicchio, parmesan crouton
  • Tomato & Burrata $12 – heirloom cherry tomato, burrata, basil, balsamic
  • Chilled Shrimp $12 – zucchini carpaccio, tomato coulis cocktail style
  • Loaded Fries $10 – short rib ragu, mozzarella, scallions
  • Buffalo Wings $12 – carrots, celery, blue cheese dressing
  • Korean Chicken Wings $12 – Korean chili glaze, toasted sesame, scallions
  • Eggplant Parmesan Sliders $16 – mozzarella, marinara, basil
  • Old School Meatball Sliders $16 – whipped ricotta, marinara
  • Todd’s Crispy Chicken Sliders $16 – buttermilk ranch slaw, dill pickle
  • TE Cheeseburger Sliders $17 – double patty, american cheese, TE sauce, lettuce, tomato
  • Short Rib Burger Sliders $17 – pickled Cabbage Slaw, white cheddar
  • BBQ Short Rib $18 – grilled mac & cheese, ancho bbq

WHEN:
Fans can experience Football 360 during Las Vegas Raiders’ home games and on Monday nights throughout the season.

RESERVATIONS:
Space is limited and reservations are required. To secure a spot, submit a reservation inquiry at https://area15.com/events/.

WHERE:
AREA15
3215 S. Rancho Dr.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89102
Click here for directions

AREA15 will follow the latest recommendations of leading health experts and government authorities, including the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And true to the insatiable hunger for all things inventive and groundbreaking, AREA15 will be using cutting-edge, state-of-the-art technology to help implement these recommendations, including an AI-driven thermal scanning platform that screens temperature accurately and non-invasively, detects the absence of a mask, and alerts staff when social distancing thresholds are not being met.

ABOUT AREA15
AREA15, located minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, is the world’s first purpose-built experiential entertainment complex offering live events, immersive activations, monumental art installations, extraordinary design elements, unique retail, ground-breaking technology, bars and eateries and much more. With a growing collection of dynamic destinations including Emporium, Oddwood, Dueling Axes, Lost Spirits Distillery, Wink World, The Beast Food Hall by Todd English and its anchor experience, Meow Wolf Las Vegas. AREA15’s ever-changing art, retail and entertainment attractions will draw locals and tourists of all ages when it opens in September 2020. AREA15 represents a collaborative venture between real estate development firm Fisher Brothers and creative agency Beneville Studios, both of New York. For more information visit www.AREA15.com.

SOCIAL MEDIA:
Facebook: @AREA15LasVegas   
Twitter: @AREA15Official
Instagram: @AREA15Official
YouTube: AREA15

UNLV ATHLETICS NEWS: New 2020 Football Schedule Announced By Mountain West

NEW 2020 UNLV FOOTBALL SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED BY MOUNTAIN WEST

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UNLV football is slated to play its inaugural game inside its new home at Allegiant Stadium by hosting in-state rival UNR on Halloween as part of an updated, eight-game schedule announced Thursday by the Mountain West.

 

The Rebels, under new head coach Marcus Arroyo, will open their new, conference-only schedule on October 24 by traveling to face San Diego State at the Aztecs’ temporary home in Carson, California. The following week, the annual Battle for the Fremont Cannon against the Wolf Pack is scheduled to be played on the same date of the Silver State’s admission to the Union in 1864 — October 31 – for the first time ever in a storied series that kicked off in 1969.

 

UNLV will remain at home vs. Fresno State the following week before heading to San Jose State on Nov. 14 and then Colorado State on Nov. 21. Wyoming will come to Las Vegas Nov. 28 and Boise State will close UNLV’s home schedule on Dec. 5. The Rebels will finish their regular season with a trip to Hawai’i on Dec. 12 while the MW championship game will be played Dec. 19. Kickoff times are to be determined.

 

While the order of opponents has changed, this schedule includes the same eight teams that UNLV was set to face in the original version before the season was postponed because of COVID-19. The refreshed version does see the Rebels traveling to play Colorado State for a second straight season while Boise State returns to Las Vegas for the second consecutive fall.

 

The overall Mountain West football schedule is subject to approval from state, county and local officials, and will consist of 46 conference matchups playing out over nine weeks with no divisional delineation. Today’s release represents the first phase in the 2020 football schedule process. MW national television partners CBS Sports and FOX Sports will now initiate a selection procedure which will include the shifting of several games to Thursdays and Fridays. Additional announcements on television selections will be made in the near future. All games the first week will be played on Saturday, Oct. 24.

 

Earlier this week, following Governor Sisolak’s new directive on gatherings, UNLV Athletics announced a plan to allow for a limited number of fans in attendance, which is pending approval from the Southern Nevada Health District and will also have to be approved by the state’s Department of Business & Industry.

 

If approved, UNLV will offer tickets on a single-game basis. Current season ticket holders will take priority and have an opportunity to purchase tickets to 2020 home games at Allegiant Stadium. If any seats remain after the exclusive season ticket holder window, tickets will then be available for purchase to the general public. Specific details will be emailed directly to season ticket holders soon.

 

Fans who are not already season ticket holders and are interested in UNLV football tickets are encouraged to fill out this Ticket Interest Form.

 

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2020 UNLV FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

  1. 24 at San Diego State (in Carson, CA)
  2. 31 UNR
  3. 7 FRESNO STATE
  4. 14 at San Jose State
  5. 21 at Colorado State
  6. 28 WYOMING
  7. 5 BOISE STATE
  8. 12 at Hawai’i
  9. 19 MW Championship Game

 

  • HOME GAMES IN BOLD CAPS AT ALLEGIANT STADIUM
  • Scheduled games other than Oct. 24 subject to be shifted to Thursdays or Fridays per TV contract

UNLV SWIMMING AND DIVING NEWS: Rebel Women Announce Eleven New Additions for 2020-21 Season

Rebel Women Announce Eleven New Additions for 2020-21 Season

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UNLV women’s swimming and diving has revealed its 11-member signing class for the upcoming 2020-21 season, head coach Ben Loorz announced Tuesday.

 

“Building a recruiting class is a team effort, and I’d like to thank our staff and student-athletes for helping recruit these awesome women to Las Vegas,” said Loorz. “Introducing the newcomers to our fans and families at the beginning of each season is a great UNLV tradition. We covered a lot of ground with this class, both geographically and in terms of depth.  They have already been a very impressive group since we have started school.  Nationwide, this class has had unique challenges, both in the recruiting process and in transitioning to university life, but this group has adapted and advanced very well. It gives us great optimism for their future.”

 

Tosia Iwanowska (Wroclaw, Poland) headlines the Rebels’ deep list of newcomers, which is heavy in the breaststroke group. The No. 2-ranked breaststroker in Poland, Iwanowska is a member of the Polish national team and owns a 1:08.95 in the 100m breaststroke. The signing of Iwanowska adds depth to the Rebel squad in an area that is extremely competitive in the Mountain West, which featured three NCAA qualifiers in the 100 breast last season.

 

Another top performer who will look to have immediate impact at the top of the conference is Hungarian Blanka Bokros (Budapest, Hungary). Bokros follows the path of previous Hungarians to compete in the butterfly for the Rebels, joining the likes of 2009 All-American Zsuzsanna Jakabos. Bokros’s times of 2:10.93 in the 200m and 1:01.00 in the 100m distance are expected to transfer very well for the Rebel squad. In addition to Bokros, sprint butterfly specialist Sarah Koopmans (Kamloops, B.C. /South Kamloops Secondary School) comes to UNLV from British Columbia and holds a time of 1:01.45 in the 100m butterfly.

 

Joining UNLV on the diving side, Viktoria Yanovska (Nikolaev, Ukraine) hails from the Ukraine national team where she is the top junior diver in the country. Yanovska shows potential to be an impact competitor for the Rebels, as her decorated career includes multiple Ukrainian national championships and a top-10 finish at the Junior European Championships. Isabella Bassock (Denver, Colo./Heritage HS), a former level 10 gymnast, joins the Rebel diving squad after a distinguished career in which she set six records for her club team and added top-10 finishes in the state championships as a junior and senior at the high school level.

 

The Rebel class includes homegrown talent as well in local standout Victoria Gutierrez (Las Vegas, Nev./Palo Verde HS).  A product of the nation’s 10th-ranked Sandpipers club team, Gutierrez was having a breakout season before the pandemic, notching a 2:04.53 in the 200m freestyle and a 4:52.88 in the 500 yard freestyle in January. A highly versatile talent, Gutierrez will impact the Rebels in five or six events.

 

The Rebels also welcome the duo of Calysta Bartlett (Yucapia, Calif.) and Malia Fernandez (Tracy, Calif./Central Catholic HS) from the Golden State. Bartlett brings depth to UNLV in the breast/IM after a stellar club career for the Yucaipa Swim team, while Fernandez is the lone sprint freestyle specialist in the class from Central Catholic High School.

A trio of breaststrokers rounds out the class. Rae Ann Dressel (Wenatchee, Wash./Wenatchee HS) helps bolster UNLV’s group of sprint breaststroke/freestyle specialists, holding the Velocity Swimming squad’s top 50 breast time and forming part of her high school’s 200 medley relay team record. Avery Floyd (Union, Ky./Larry A. Ryle HS) will compete in the 200 breaststroke and 400 IM. Ruby Howell (Boise, Idaho/Borah HS), whose recent time drops in the 200 IM and pair of Idaho state championships make her a versatile addition to the team, tops off the list of Rebel newcomers. .

BetMGM Named First Official Sports Betting Partner of Las Vegas Raiders

 

BetMGM Named First Official Sports Betting Partner of Las Vegas Raiders

Expansion of Existing Partnership between MGM Resorts and Raiders franchise

 

 BetMGM, the joint venture between MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) and GVC International (LSE: GVC), and the Las Vegas Raiders announced today that BetMGM is now An Official Sports Betting Partner of the Raiders. The partnership is an extension of an existing multi-year partnership with MGM Resorts and the Raiders.

 

“We are pleased to add BetMGM to the MGM Resorts partnership portfolio,” said Raiders President Marc Badain. “The addition of BetMGM will open new levels of engagement for Raiders fans and guests of Allegiant Stadium.”

 

As an Official Sports Betting Partner of the Raiders, BetMGM will utilize assets to provide educational information about the BetMGM app to Raiders fans. Sports fans in Nevada can now register for the BetMGM app, available on iOS and Android, by visiting any MGM Resorts Sports Book in Las Vegas.

“We’re thrilled that BetMGM is the first Official Sports Betting Partner of The Las Vegas Raiders,” said BetMGM’s CEO Adam Greenblatt. “This new partnership complements what is already a wonderful and rewarding relationship with MGM Resorts and the Raiders and we look forward to introducing Raiders fans to the excitement of sports betting with BetMGM.”

Along with being An Official Gaming Partner of the Raiders, MGM Resorts is a Founding Partner of Allegiant Stadium and has prominent branding throughout the stadium, including in-stadium signage and an MGM Resorts VIP entrance on the west side of the building. The venue also features a private MGM Club that will offer Raiders fans an ultra-exclusive game-viewing experience with a full-service premium bar, luxury lounge and upgraded stadium seating. Additionally, MGM Resorts is the presenting sponsor of the Raiders first-ever regular season game at Allegiant Stadium on Sept. 21.

 

MGM Resorts CEO and President Bill Hornbuckle said, “All of us at MGM Resorts are proud to welcome the Raiders and the NFL to Las Vegas. We look forward to providing Raiders fans a world-class sports betting and entertainment experience, both in our BetMGM Sportsbooks and digitally, through the BetMGM mobile app.”

 

Since partnering in January 2020, MGM Resorts and the Raiders have been committed to collaborating on community outreach programs benefiting Southern Nevada.

 

As MGM Resorts and BetMGM continue to expand and evolve their sports betting and other gaming platforms, responsible gaming education remains a key focus. GameSense is an industry-leading program, developed and licensed to MGM Resorts by the British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC), focusing on positive, transparent and proactive conversations with players about how to gamble responsibly. The program comes alive through personal interactions between guests and trained staff based at the M life Rewards desk at each MGM Resorts property. In addition to speaking to trained employees – known as GameSense Advisors – guests also utilize interactive GameSense touchscreens and educational materials and other resources found at the M life Rewards Desk.

 

Legends Global Partnerships represented the Raiders to secure the partnership with MGM Resorts International as a part of their duties as the stadium’s official premium ticketing and sponsorships agency.

 

About Allegiant Stadium

Located adjacent to the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, Allegiant Stadium is a global events destination, highlighted by the arrival of the iconic Raiders. Allegiant Stadium is ideally located for both visitors and locals, fully enclosed and climate controlled with a capacity of 65,000. The technologically advanced stadium will host world-class entertainment including concerts and sporting events such as the Pac-12 Championship Game and Las Vegas Bowl, as well as become the home of UNLV Football. The stadium project is expected to generate an economic benefit of $620 million annually, while creating 6,000 permanent jobs in Southern Nevada. For more information, visit www.allegiantstadium.com or follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

About BetMGM
BetMGM is a market leading sports betting and gaming platform by BetMGM LLC, the joint venture between MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) and GVC Holdings Plc (LSE: GVC). Based in New Jersey, the company was established in July 2018 to create a world-class sports betting and online gaming platform in the United States, in order to take advantage of the new opportunities created by the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the U.S. federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA). Utilizing GVC’s US-licensed, state-of-the-art proprietary technology platform, BetMGM offers sports betting and online gaming via market leading brands including BetMGM and partypoker. The company has exclusive access to MGM’s U.S. land-based and online sports betting, major tournament poker, and online gaming businesses. For more information visit www.roardigital.com.

 

About MGM Resorts International

MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is an S&P 500® global entertainment company with national and international locations featuring best-in-class hotels and casinos, state-of-the-art meetings and conference spaces, incredible live and theatrical entertainment experiences, and an extensive array of restaurant, nightlife and retail offerings. MGM Resorts creates immersive, iconic experiences through its suite of Las Vegas-inspired brands. The MGM Resorts portfolio encompasses 29 unique hotel and destination gaming offerings in the United States and Macau, including some of the most recognizable resort brands in the industry such as Bellagio, MGM Grand, ARIA and Park MGM. The Company’s 50/50 venture, BetMGM, LLC, offers U.S. sports betting and online gaming through market-leading brands, including BetMGM and partypoker. The Company is currently pursuing targeted expansion in Asia through the integrated resort opportunity in Japan. Through its “Focused on What Matters: Embracing Humanity and Protecting the Planet” initiative, MGM Resorts commits to creating a more sustainable future, while striving to make a bigger difference in the lives of its employees, guests, and in the communities where it operates. The global employees of MGM Resorts are proud of their company for being recognized as one of FORTUNE® Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies®. For more information, please visit us at www.mgmresorts.com. Please also connect with us @MGMResortsIntl on Twitter as well as Facebook and Instagram.

 

Forward-Looking Statements
Statements in this release that are not historical facts are “forward-looking” statements and “safe harbor statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve risks and/or uncertainties, including BetMGM’s ability to grow in new or existing jurisdictions. Management has based forward-looking statements on current expectations and assumptions and not on historical facts. Among the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in such forward-looking statements include the effects of economic and market conditions in the jurisdictions in which BetMGM operates, competition with other iGaming and sports betting platforms, the timing and costs of expanding in new jurisdictions as well as obtaining and maintaining the required permits, licenses, financings, approvals and other contingencies in connection with growth in new or existing jurisdictions. In providing forward-looking statements, BetMGM is not undertaking any duty or obligation to update these statements publicly as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. If BetMGM updates one or more forward-looking statements, no inference should be drawn that it will make additional updates with respect to those other forward-looking statements.

Findlay Automotive & UNLV Athletics Launch Multi-Year Philanthropic Partnership

FINDLAY AUTOMOTIVE AND UNLV ATHLETICS LAUNCH MULTI-YEAR PHILANTHROPIC PARTNERSHIP

 

Gift will support the Runnin’ Rebel Basketball Legacy Campaign and student-athlete excellence

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In commemoration of a four-decade long friendship, UNLV Athletics and Findlay Automotive have entered into a multi-year, philanthropic partnership dedicated to student-athlete success.

 

The commitment will also boost the newly formed Runnin’ Rebel Basketball Legacy Campaign, which is dedicated to the re-emergence of UNLV men’s basketball as one of the nation’s elite programs.

 

Launched in the fall of 2019, the campaign is highlighted by an endowment that is now close to $4 million. The Momentum Fund Campaign is also a focal point, with a percentage of the funding to provide essential scholarships to deserving student-athletes demonstrating need.

 

The gift from Findlay Automotive and the Findlay family comes at an especially strategic time for UNLV Athletics, as the department works to overcome the challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. For the Findlays, this generous gift will also honor the family’s unmatched history with Rebel Athletics, a legacy that began with Cliff Findlay and his tremendous career as a center on the Rebel basketball team in the late 1960’s.

 

“My father has always held UNLV close to his heart,” said Findlay Automotive executive Robby Findlay. “He is so very passionate about the success of the Rebels, both on the court and in the community. This gift is a way to honor my father’s love for UNLV and the relationship that we have shared through the years, as a family, with UNLV Athletics – one that is stronger now than ever before.”

 

“This gift will have a significant impact on the department and comes at a critical time,” UNLV Director of Athletics Desiree Reed-Francois said. “We appreciate the relationship that UNLV has had with the Findlays over many years and are grateful for their extreme generosity. This is truly a transformational contribution. Thank you to Donna, Cliff, Robby and the entire Findlay family for their confidence in the direction of UNLV Athletics.”

 

In recognition, the Findlay Family name will be displayed in the ribbon of Tarkanian Court at the Thomas & Mack Center, which is a tribute to the longstanding connection between the Findlays and Runnin’ Rebel Basketball.

 

“Donna, Cliff, Robby and the Findlay family have helped establish the foundation of our program, said UNLV men’s basketball head coach T.J. Otzelberger. “This incredible gift is evidence of the confidence that we have in our future together. The Findlays represent excellence which is the standard for the Runnin’ Rebels.”

 

To join the Findlays in support of student-athlete success, please consider a Momentum Fund Campaign gift today. For more information on the Momentum Fund click here, or to make a gift click here.

 

The Momentum Fund originally debuted in March of this year, before graduating into the D5 Momentum Fund 2.0 in August as the athletics department, which is facing unprecedented financial challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, looks to overcome the loss of ticket and premium sales revenue. The new focus has a goal of raising $1.5 million from donors by the end of the calendar year.

UNLV ATHLETICS NEWS: Golf Foundation Donates $100,000 To Momentum Fund

UNLV GOLF FOUNDATION DONATES $100,000 TO MOMENTUM FUND

Gift is one of the largest one-time Annual Fund contributions from a single donor in department history

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The UNLV Golf Foundation has made a $100,000 donation to the Rebel Athletic Fund’s Momentum Fund in a move to support student-athlete scholarships during this unprecedented time, the athletics department announced Wednesday.

 

The gift is one of the largest one-time Annual Fund contributions from a single donor in department history.

Our Las Vegas community has continued to come together when challenged,” said UNLV Director of Athletics Desiree Reed Francois. “We have seen over time that Rebels rise in the face of adversity to overcome and advance. This incredible gift is evidence of this unyielding spirit and we are grateful to Jeremy Anderson and the Golf Foundation for this generous investment in student-athlete success.”

The $100,000 donation will be used to support student-athlete scholarships for members of the men’s golf program and strategic initiatives essential to student-athlete growth and development during this extraordinary time of need.

“I attended UNLV on a full athletic scholarship,” said Jeremy Anderson, former Rebel All-American and UNLV Golf Foundation President. “I appreciate what a scholarship means to a student-athlete. To have a chance to make a difference with a scholarship gift is something that we, as a board, felt very passionate about, especially given the current circumstances. Thanks to our incredible Rebel Golf Foundation members, we are in position to contribute with this gift, which is in part a tribute to all those who have made Rebel Golf what it is today.”

“Over 30 years ago, we established the Rebel Golf Foundation with the success of Rebel Golf in mind,” said UNLV Men’s Golf Head Coach Dwaine Knight. “We’ve always understood that we are just a part of the larger UNLV Athletics family. We feel fortunate to have this chance to impact our department and community of student-athletes in such an important way. A sincere and genuine thank you to the members of the Rebel Golf Foundation for what is truly a transformational gift.”

 

In recognition, the Athletics Department will honor the Golf Foundation as a Championship Investor in the Momentum Fund, with the Golf Foundation joining a small circle of stakeholders demonstrating unique generosity during this time.

This donation comes less than a week after a $40,000 gift from the UNLV Soccer Foundation was announced.

 

The Momentum Fund originally debuted in March of this year, before evolving into the D5 Momentum Fund 2.0 in August as the athletics department, which is facing unprecedented financial challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, looks to overcome the loss of ticket and premium sales revenue. The new focus has a goal of raising $1.5 million from donors by the end of the calendar year.

For more information on the Momentum Fund 2.0 click here, or to make a gift click here.

 

UNLV Athletics Invites Fans To Compete In Virtual Rebel Field Day

UNLV ATHLETICS INVITES FANS TO COMPETE IN VIRTUAL REBEL FIELD DAY

@UNLVAthletics  |  Virtual Rebel Field Day Info Page

 

 On Saturday, September 26, Rebel fans will have the opportunity to compete for personalized Nike football jerseys during Rebel Field Day, UNLV Athletics’ unique virtual competition consisting of 20 challenges.

 

The various challenges will be revealed by UNLV student-athletes on social media on Friday, September 25 at 12 p.m. Participants will have all day Saturday, September 26 and until Sunday, September 27 at 12 p.m. to complete and post recordings of their challenges on Twitter. Winners will be announced on Monday, September 28.

 

“In the absence of attending live sporting events, we wanted to provide fans the opportunity to channel their competitive spirit,” said Megan Caligiuri, Senior Associate A.D. for External Operations. “While our student-athletes are hard at work preparing for the resumption of play, we know our fans are equally eager to be back on game day cheering on the Rebels.”

 

Teams may consist of up to five people, and can be registered here for free. Those without a team, but interested in competing may sign up as a free agent and will be assigned to a team.

 

The following prizes will be awarded based off total team points:

  • 1st Place Team: Personalized Nike Football Jerseys
  • 2nd Place Team: Personalized Nike Baseball Jerseys
  • 3rd Place Team: Personalized Nike Hats

 

Here’s how it works:

  • UNLV Athletics will post a series of video challenges on Friday, September 25 for fans to complete. Fans will then have all day Saturday, September 26 and until 12 p.m. on Sunday, September 27 to complete the challenges.
  • Fans must record themselves completing each challenge and post the video to Twitter and include their team name, tag @UNLVAthletics, and use the hashtag #RebelFieldDay.
  • Teams will receive 1 point for each team member that completes a challenge.
  • Teams will also receive 1 point for every team member wearing UNLV Gear.
  • ½ bonus point will be awarded if 3 or more members on each team complete each challenge.
  • 1 bonus point will be awarded if all 5 members on each team complete each challenge.

 

Keep a lookout on UNLV Athletics’ social media channels as hints will be dropped about the challenges leading up to the event.

 

Winners will be announced on Twitter via @UNLVAthletics and contacted by email. Click here for more information about Rebel Field Day.

UNLV ATHLETICS NEWS: Pandemic Forces Reduction In Work Hours For 46 Staff Members

PANDEMIC FORCES UNLV ATHLETICS TO REDUCE WORK HOURS FOR 46 STAFF MEMBERS

 

UNLV Athletics announced today a reduction in work hours for 46 staff members due to the pandemic’s impact on live events and the postponement of fall sports. 

 

With no ongoing events at the Thomas & Mack Center along with the closing of Sam Boyd Stadium, the 46 employees whose primary responsibilities involve live events or to coordinate travel, and their core functions do not directly impact the student-athlete experience or their well-being, will have their work hours reduced with an ability to retain benefits. 

 

“The pandemic has created real financial challenges for UNLV Athletics and the Thomas & Mack Center and it is with deep regret that we have had to make these difficult decisions,” said UNLV Director of Athletics Desiree Reed-Francois. “We have worked diligently on a compassionate pathway that does not eliminate jobs. 

 

“While mitigating our financial challenges our primary goals have been to protect student-athlete scholarships, sports programs and jobs to the best of our abilities. Our hope is to bring staff members back to full-time status once live events begin to return.”

 

The reductions have a projected savings of $1.2 million. UNLV Athletics cut 15 percent from its operating budget earlier this year and has not filled 15 vacant positions. 

WELTERWEIGHT GRUDGE MATCH BETWEEN (#2) COLBY COVINGTON AND (#5) TYRON WOODLEY AT UFC® APEX

WELTERWEIGHT GRUDGE MATCH BETWEEN
(#2) COLBY COVINGTON AND (#5) TYRON WOODLEY
AT UFC® APEX

FEATURED BOUTS:
DONALD CERRONE vs. NIKO PRICE
(#11) JOHNNY WALKER vs. (#12) RYAN SPANN

 

UFC® will close out its latest string of events at UFC APEX with a heated welterweight clash that will see former interim champion and No. 2 ranked contender Colby Covington take on former champion and No. 5 Tyron Woodley. In another thrilling welterweight bout guaranteed to deliver fireworks, long-time UFC fan favorite Donald Cerrone faces fellow finisher Niko Price.

 

UFC FIGHT NIGHT ON ESPN+®: COVINGTON vs. WOODLEY will take place Saturday, September 19 at UFC APEX in Las Vegas with all fights carried exclusively on ESPN+ in English and Spanish. The main card begins at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT, with the prelims kicking off at 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT.

 

Covington (15-2, fighting out of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) aims to get the last laugh after trading numerous verbal barbs with his former training partner, Woodley. A NCAA Division I wrestler who pushes a relentless pace, Covington has delivered memorable victories against former UFC champions Robbie Lawler and Rafael Dos Anjos, as well as perennial contender Demian Maia. Covington now hopes to add yet another former UFC titleholder to his hit list to once again secure a shot at the championship.

 

Woodley (19-5-1, fighting out of St. Louis, Mo.), who held the belt for almost three years, will go down as one of the most dominant titleholders in UFC welterweight history. After dethroning Robbie Lawler via first-round knockout, Woodley netted memorable title defenses against Stephen Thompson, Demian Maia and Darren Till. Woodley now plans to put his most heated rivalry to bed by delivering another sensational knockout win.

 

Cerrone (36-15 1NC, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.), the UFC recordholder for most wins (23) and finishes (16), has long been dazzling fans with spectacular performances inside the Octagon. Throughout his legendary career, he has secured highlight-reel finishes against Matt Brown, Rick Story, Jim Miller and Edson Barboza. Cerrone will now make his record 36th UFC appearance and aims to deliver another vintage ”Cowboy” performance against one of the division’s most dynamic finishers.

 

Among the most exciting athletes in the welterweight division, Price (14-5 1NC, fighting out of Cape Coral, Fla.) now looks to capitalize on the biggest moment of his career. Price has won over fans since joining the UFC roster in late 2016 with jaw-dropping knockout victories against James Vick, Tim Means, Randy Brown and Alan Jouban. Price now hopes to earn his most important win yet by taking out a legend in his first UFC co-main event appearance.

 

Additional bouts on the card include:

  • Khamzat Chimaev (8-0, fighting out of Stockholm, Sweden by way of Chechnya, Russia) aims to continue his incredible streak against tough veteran Gerald Meerschaert (31-13, fighting out of Milwaukee, Wisc.)
  • In an exciting battle of light heavyweight contenders, No. 11 ranked Johnny Walker (17-5, fighting out of Montreal, Que., Canada by way of Rio das Ostras, Brazil) locks horns with surging No. 12 Ryan Spann (20-5, fighting out of Beaumont, Texas)
  • Entertaining grapplers meet when Mackenzie Dern (8-1, fighting out of Long Beach, Calif.) takes on Randa Markos (10-9-1, fighting out of Windsor, Ont., Canada)
  • Rising middleweights collide when Kevin Holland (19-5, fighting out of Fort Worth, Texas) meets Darren Stewart (12-5 1NC, fighting out of London, England)
  • Mirsad Bektic (13-3, fighting out of Montreal, Que., Canada) faces Eduardo Garagorri (13-1, fighting out of Rivera, Uruguay) in an exciting featherweight bout
  • Dana White’s Contender Series contract winner Mayra Bueno Silva (6-1, fighting out of Sao Paulo, Brazil) goes for another slick submission when she meets Mara Romero Borella (12-8, fighting out of Coconut Creek, Fla. by way of Ponte dell’Olio, Italy)
  • Jordan Espinosa (15-7 1NC, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.) hopes to build off the momentum of his recent victory when he squares off with streaking David Dvorak (17-3, fighting out of Horice, Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic)
  • Jessica-Rose Clark (9-6 1NC, fighting out of Innisfail, Australia) aims to return to her winning ways against Dana White’s Contender Series signee Sarah Alpar (9-4, fighting out of Edmond, Okla.)
  • Journey Newson (9-2 1NC, fighting out of Portland, Ore.) takes on Randy Costa (5-1, fighting out of Taunton, Mass.) in an entertaining bantamweight bout
  • Andre Ewell (16-6, fighting out of Riverside, Calif.) squares off with Irwin Rivera (10-5, fighting out of Hudson Valley, N.Y. by way of Mexico City, Mexico) in a clash of bantamweight hopefuls
  • Darrick Minner (24-12, fighting out of Nebraska City, Neb.) goes for his first UFC win against recent Dana White’s Contender Series signee TJ Laramie (12-3, fighting out of Windsor, Ont., Canada)

 

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About UFC®
UFC® is the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization (MMA), with more than 318 million fans and 102 million social media followers. The organization produces more than 40 live events annually in some of the most prestigious arenas around the world, while broadcasting to nearly one billion TV households across more than 175 countries. UFC’s athlete roster features the world’s best MMA athletes representing more than 65 countries. The organization’s digital offerings include UFC FIGHT PASS®, one of the world’s leading streaming services for combat sports. UFC was acquired in 2016 by global entertainment, sports and content company Endeavor, along with strategic investors Silver Lake Partners and KKR. UFC is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more information, visit UFC.com and follow UFC at Facebook.com/UFC, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram: @UFC.

 

About ESPN+
ESPN+ is the industry-leading sports streaming service from Disney’s Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) segment and ESPN. Launched in April 2018, ESPN+ has grown to 8.5 million subscribers, offering fans in the U.S. thousands of live sports events, original programming not available on ESPN’s linear TV or digital networks, as well as premium editorial content.

 

Fans subscribe to ESPN+ for just $5.99 a month (or $49.99 per year) at ESPNplus.comESPN.com or on the ESPN App (mobile and connected devices). It is also available as part of The Disney Bundle offer that gives subscribers access to Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu (ad-supported) — all for just $12.99/month.

 

About ESPN
ESPN, the world’s leading sports entertainment enterprise, features more than 50 assets – nine U.S. television networks, ESPN Radio, ESPN.com, ESPN International, ESPN The Magazine and more.  ESPN is 80 percent owned by ABC, Inc. (an indirect subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company) and 20 percent by Hearst.

UNLV ATHLETICS NEWS: Soccer Foundation Makes $40,000 Donation To Momentum Fund

UNLV SOCCER FOUNDATION MAKES $40,000 DONATION TO MOMENTUM FUND

 

Gift to be allocated towards scholarships for both men’s and women’s soccer programs

@UNLVAthletics  |  @UNLVRAF  |  Soccer Foundation Video

 

The UNLV Soccer Foundation has made a $40,000 donation to the Rebel Athletic Fund’s new D5 Momentum Fund 2.0 in a move to support both the men’s and women’s soccer programs during these unprecedented times, the athletics department announced Thursday.

“The UNLV Soccer Foundation is truly leading by example with this generous contribution,” said UNLV Director of Athletics Desiree Reed-Francois. “The Momentum Fund is crucial in continuing our momentum toward creating a championship culture through the support of and investment in our student-athletes in all 17 of our sports programs at a time when it is needed the most.”

The $40,000 donation will be allocated evenly towards scholarships for both the men’s and women’s soccer programs.

“Our commitment today ensures the men and women of the UNLV soccer programs are supported during this health and humanitarian crisis,” said Dan Giraldo, UNLV Soccer Foundation President. “The board fully understands that these are unprecedented times where the health and safety of our student-athletes should remain a top priority and investing into the Momentum Fund is our way to help not only UNLV Soccer, but UNLV Athletics in this time of need. We hope that other foundations can step in, to the best of their abilities, and provide needed inspiration to their respective programs which will in turn assist the Momentum Fund and UNLV Athletics as a whole.”

“The generosity and support of the UNLV Soccer Foundation for both the men’s and women’s programs has been absolutely incredible since it was established four years ago,” said UNLV men’s soccer head coach Rich Ryerson. “This gift to the Momentum Fund illustrates the foundation’s dedication, not only to UNLV soccer, but also to UNLV Athletics. During my time serving as the head coach, this community has supported the program beyond expectations. On behalf of both the men’s and women’s soccer programs, I would like to give a heartfelt thank you to the UNLV Soccer Foundation board members!”

“The support of the UNLV Soccer Foundation has been unbelievable,” said UNLV women’s soccer head coach Jenny Ruiz-Williams. “I am constantly filled with joy – day-to-day and moment-to-moment – by their encouragement, generosity, and selflessness as they invest in the future of both the men’s and women’s programs.”

The Momentum Fund originally debuted in March of this year, before evolving into the D5 Momentum Fund 2.0 in August as the athletics department, which is facing unprecedented financial challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, looks to overcome the loss of ticket and premium sales revenue. The new focus has a goal of raising $1.5 million from donors by the end of the calendar year.

For more information on the Momentum Fund 2.0 click here, or to make a gift click here.

PGA TOUR, CJ Group announce move of THE CJ CUP from Nine Bridges in Jeju Island to Shadow Creek in Las Vegas

Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida and Seoul, Korea: PGA TOUR, CJ Group announce move of THE CJ CUP

from Nine Bridges in Jeju Island to Shadow Creek in Las Vegas

 

PGA TOUR and CJ Group officials today announced that THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES will move venues and will now be staged at Shadow Creek Golf Course in Las Vegas, Nevada, Oct. 15-18, 2020 and will change to THE CJ CUP @ SHADOW CREEK.

 

Since 2017, the event has been played annually at The Club @ Nine Bridges on Jeju Island, Korea, with Justin Thomas securing a playoff victory over Marc Leishman in the inaugural event and winning again last year. Brooks Koepka was victorious by four shots in 2018.

 

“The PGA TOUR is truly appreciative of CJ Group’s commitment to bring THE CJ CUP @ SHADOW CREEK to the United States this October,” said Ty Votaw, PGA TOUR Executive Vice President, International. “While our players have always looked forward to visiting Korea, the current circumstances provided this new opportunity to bring the event to Las Vegas which will also provide brand exposure and awareness to the viewing audience in the United States and around the globe. We are thankful for the partnership and support that CJ Group and the Korean PGA have shown in view of the circumstances. We are confident this year’s event will showcase a stellar field while bringing the CJ Group’s brand values to a new time zone.”

 

Ethan Kim, Sports Marketing Director of CJ Group, said: “We are delighted to bring THE CJ CUP to the U.S. and to the renowned Shadow Creek. It is unfortunate we will not be able to showcase the PGA TOUR and the best players in the world on Jeju Island this year, but we look forward to having this tournament again in Korea in 2021. We are excited to bring our Korean culture and flavor of bibigo to show the TOUR players and American audience through coverage of THE CJ CUP @ SHADOW CREEK.”

 

As part of the early events on the 2020-21 PGA TOUR Season, THE CJ CUP @ SHADOW CREEK is slated to be played a week after the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas, Nevada.

 

Votaw added: “We would like to express our appreciation to both Shriners Hospitals for Children and their tournament team in Las Vegas who have been fully supportive of our decision to bring THE CJ CUP to the U.S, immediately following their long-standing and successful event, the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. This will create an exciting and seamless two-week Las Vegas swing for the TOUR and our players.”

 

THE CJ CUP @ SHADOW CREEK will once again feature a 78-man field comprising of the highest ranked player of Korean nationality from the Asian Tour Order of Merit, up to five players designated by the KPGA and the top-3 available players of Korean nationality from the Official World Golf Ranking as part of CJ Group’s vision to support the development of professional golf in Korea.  The remainder of the field will be made up of the leading players from the 2019-20 FedExCup points list and sponsor exemptions. 

 

“THE CJ CUP quickly became one of my favorite events on TOUR. While winning twice certainly helped, the hospitality shown to us by CJ Group and the Korean community has made the tournament special to all of us as PGA TOUR players,” said 13-time PGA TOUR winner and defending THE CJ CUP champion Justin Thomas. “It’s unfortunate that we won’t be able to travel to Korea for this year’s event, but it is fantastic that we will still be able to shine a light on CJ Group through the tournament at a venue like Shadow Creek.”

 

George Kliavkoff, president of Entertainment & Sports for MGM Resorts International, said: “Shadow Creek is one of the country’s leading courses offering guests exclusive, first-class experiences.  The course will be in tremendous shape and ready to host our PGA TOUR partners and the world’s best golfers as they compete in THE CJ CUP in Las Vegas.”

Shadow Creek, built in 1989 by renowned golf architect Tom Fazio, played host to The Match: Tiger vs Phil in 2018, which was a winner-take-all shootout between PGA TOUR legends Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson. The exclusive course, owned by MGM Resorts International, is available only to guests of the company’s properties.

 

About PGA TOUR
By showcasing golf’s greatest players, the PGA TOUR engages, inspires and positively impacts our fans, partners and communities worldwide.

The PGA TOUR, headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, co-sanctions more than 130 tournaments on the PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions, Korn Ferry Tour, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada and PGA TOUR Series-China. Members on the PGA TOUR represent the world’s best players, hailing from 29 countries and territories (93 members are from outside the United States). Worldwide, PGA TOUR tournaments are broadcast to 212 countries and territories in 23 languages. Virtually all tournaments are organized as non-profit organizations to maximize charitable giving. In 2019, tournaments across all Tours generated a record $204.3 million for local and national charitable organizations, bringing the all-time total to more than $3 billion.

Fans can follow the PGA TOUR on PGATOUR.COM, the No. 1 site in golf, on the PGA TOUR app and on social media channels, including Facebook, Instagram (in English, Spanish and Korean), LinkedIn, Twitter, WeChat, Weibo, Toutiao and Douyin.

 

About CJ Group

The CJ Group strives to fulfill its mission as the global lifestyle company promoting the Korean Wave across global shores.  CJ’s four core business groups are Food & Food Services, Bio & Pharma, Home Shopping & Logistics and Entertainment & Media.  CJ has constantly pursued its core values of integrity, passion, and creativity under the vision of ‘Create a New Culture for Healthy, Happy and Convenient Lifestyles’ and has produced ONLYONE products and services to create the best values. These principles serve as driving factors in CJ’s growth as a global company creating lifestyle and culture beyond the Korean market. The CJ Group’s web site is www.ENGLISH.CJ.NET and the organization is headquartered in Seoul, Korea.

 

About Shadow Creek

Shadow Creek, one of the country’s most exclusive golf courses, has earned perennial top rankings among Golf Week and Golf Digest magazine’s public courses and has been designated the best golf course in the world in a Robb Report’s “Best of the Best” issue.  Located in the midst of the Nevada desert on the outskirts of Las Vegas, and owned by MGM Resorts International, Shadow Creek continues to achieve national recognition and the kind of startling mystique reserved for only a select number of golf courses.  Designed by renowned architect Tom Fazio, Shadow Creek is known for its natural beauty, rolling terrain, glistening brooks and ponds, lush gardens and mature trees.  The visual elements, spectacular waterfalls and course design lend to astonishing views.

 

UNLV MEN’S GOLF NEWS: Former Rebel Golfer AJ McInerney Hired As Assistant Coach

FORMER REBEL GOLFER AJ MCINERNEY HIRED AS UNLV MEN’S GOLF ASSISTANT COACH

Former Rebel golfer and UNLV graduate AJ McInerney has been hired as an assistant coach for the men’s golf program, head coach Dwaine Knight announced Monday.

McInerney spent four years as a student-athlete at UNLV, playing under Coach Knight and graduated in 2016 with a degree in finance. He was a team captain and helped the Rebels to an Elite Eight appearance at the 2013 NCAA Championship.

“We are thrilled about AJ becoming an assistant coach,” Knight said. “He was outstanding academically as a student-athlete, earning All-America Scholar honors, and was a terrific player both in college and professionally. Since he has been with us on staff, we have realized immediate success in recruiting and we look forward to that continuing throughout his career. The future of Rebel golf is exciting and he will help us compete for championships at the highest level, while graduating our student-athletes.”

McInerney returned to the university after spending three years playing professionally. He held a Web.com Tour card from 2017-19 and his professional career was highlighted by a top-10 finish at the PGA Tour’s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas.

McInerney’s name appears throughout the UNLV record books as he finished his collegiate career with a scoring average of 73.62 over 113 competitive rounds. He earned medalist honors at the 2016 LMU Invitational on his way to being recognized as a 2016 Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar. Additionally, he was awarded the 2016 Michael Maze Award, which is presented annually to the UNLV golfer who best exemplifies the spirit of Rebel golf.

A native of Henderson, Nevada, McInerney won the Nevada state championship three times with Coronado High School and two times as an individual, setting the Nevada state scoring record his senior year in 2012.

McInerney, 26, won four times on the AJGA tour and was an AJGA Rolex First Team All-American. He was a two-time Cannon/Wyndham Cup team member and won the Ping Invitational in 2011.

He replaced Philip Rowe, who was UNLV’s men’s golf assistant then associate head coach from 2014-20. Rowe left the Rebel program to become head coach at Cal Poly.

 

#QuarantineBirthdayClub at Topgolf Las Vegas Offers Free Injectable Donut Holes to Celebrate Birthdays During Shutdown Now through Sept. 17

 

Topgolf Celebrates All Those Quarantine Birthdays with the #QuarantineBirthdayClub beginning Today through Sept. 17

The entertainment venue honors those of you who celebrated inside with a free order of their world-famous Injectable Donut Holes on your next visit


WHO: Topgolf Las Vegas and late-birthday revelers of all ages!

WHAT: For a limited time, those who missed a big birthday celebration due to quarantine can enjoy free Injectable Donut Holes during their visit. To qualify for the #QuarantineBirthdayClub, simply show your ID that confirms your birthday took place between March 17-June 17, the time Topgolf Las Vegas was closed due to the quarantine, and receive your complimentary dessert. Not celebrating a birthday, but still want in on Topgolf action? Locals receive a 25 percent discount off gameplay daily with local ID.

Guests can make a reservation online at www.topgolf.com/lasvegas.

WHEN:
#QuarantineBirthdayClub runs Monday, Aug. 17 through Thursday, Sept. 17
Open at 10 a.m. daily

WHERE:
Topgolf Las Vegas
4627 Koval Lane
Las Vegas, Nev. 89109

About Topgolf Las Vegas
Topgolf Las Vegas operates daily at 10 a.m. Bay pricing starts at $33 per hour for up to six players and varies depending on bay location and time of day. Nevada locals receive a 25 percent discount on bay time. General admittance into Topgolf is free of charge. For VIP reservations, please contact lasvegasevents@topgolf.com. For more information, visit www.topgolf.com/lasvegas or call (702) 933-8458. Follow Topgolf Las Vegas on social media at facebook.com/topgolflasvegas or @Topgolf.

UNLV ATHLETICS NEWS: Rebel Athletic Fund Launches Momentum Fund 2.0

UNLV’S RAF LAUNCHES MOMENTUM FUND 2.0

 

Athletics Department looks to meet unprecedented financial challenges with new initiative

@UNLVAthletics  |  @UNLVRAF  |  Momentum Fund Video

 

Facing unprecedented financial challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, UNLV Athletics has launched the D5 Momentum Fund 2.0 Campaign with the goal of raising $1.5 million from donors by the end of the calendar year.

 

Director of Athletics Desiree Reed-Francois announced the critical initiative Friday just days after the Mountain West postponed all fall sports competition, including the Rebel football team’s debut season at the newly completed Allegiant Stadium.

 

“While the news was difficult, the decision was the right one as our top priority is our sincere and unwavering commitment to the health and safety of our students, coaches, staff, and the entire community who support the Rebels,” said Reed-Francois. “We will work with the conference on a return-to-action plan in the weeks ahead, as our expectation is to be back playing in the spring. There are, however, real financial consequences associated with our new reality.”

 

The Momentum Fund originally debuted as the pandemic shut down campus – and all competition – in March. Members of the Rebel Athletic Fund were sent a letter earlier today from Reed-Francois explaining the new initiative as the department looks to overcome the loss of ticket and premium sales revenue.

 

“The Momentum Fund 2.0 was created to allow our fans to invest in our student-athletes’ success as we face these challenges,” she said. “UNLV has come too far in creating undeniable momentum to stop now and we are asking our loyal supporters for their help.”

 

For more information on the Momentum Fund 2.0 click here, or to make a gift click here.

HIT SHOW DANA WHITE’S CONTENDER SERIES  CONTINUES ITS FOURTH SEASON WITH EPISODE 2 AIRING LIVE TUESDAY FROM UFC APEX IN LAS VEGAS

HIT SHOW DANA WHITE’S CONTENDER SERIES  CONTINUES ITS FOURTH SEASON WITH EPISODE 2 AIRING LIVE TUESDAY FROM UFC APEX IN LAS VEGAS

ALL EPISODES WILL AIR EXLUSIVELY ON ESPN+

 

The fourth season of the hit show Dana White’s Contender Series continues with Episode 2, featuring a lineup of rising athletes looking to make their dreams come true by impressing UFC President Dana White and earning a spot on the UFC roster.

 

The second episode of season four takes place on Tuesday, August 11 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT, with all five bouts streaming exclusively on ESPN+ in the US.

 

ESPN+ is available through the ESPN.com, ESPNPlus.com or the ESPN App on all major mobile and connected TV devices and platforms, including Amazon Fire, Apple, Android, Chromecast, PS4, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, X Box One and more. Fans can sign up for $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year, with no contract required.

 

To support your coverage, please find the download link to the season four sizzle reels here and here. In addition, please find the download link for the season four athlete feature here, which highlights some of the participating athletes, their backgrounds and what competing on Dana White’s Contender Series means to them.

 

Season 4, Episode 2 – Confirmed Bouts:

Middleweight
Dustin Stoltzfus vs. Joe Pyfer

 

Bantamweight
Adrian Yanez vs. Brady Huang

 

Women’s Strawweight
Vanessa Demopoulos vs. Cory McKenna

 

Featherweight
TJ Laramie vs. Daniel Swain

 

Middleweight
Anthony Adams vs. Impa Kasanganay

 

Visit the UFC.com for information and additional content to support your UFC coverage.

 

About UFC®

UFC® is the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization (MMA), with more than 318 million fans and 102 million social media followers. The organization produces more than 40 live events annually in some of the most prestigious arenas around the world, while broadcasting to nearly one billion TV households across more than 175 countries. UFC’s athlete roster features the world’s best MMA athletes representing more than 65 countries. The organization’s digital offerings include UFC FIGHT PASS®, one of the world’s leading streaming services for combat sports. UFC was acquired in 2016 by global entertainment, sports and content company Endeavor, along with strategic investors Silver Lake Partners and KKR. UFC is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more information, visit UFC.com and follow UFC at Facebook.com/UFC, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram: @UFC.

 

About ESPN

ESPN, the world’s leading sports entertainment enterprise, features more than 50 assets – nine U.S. television networks, ESPN Radio, ESPN.com, ESPN International, ESPN The Magazine and more.  ESPN is 80 percent owned by ABC, Inc. (an indirect subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company) and 20 percent by Hearst.

 

About ESPN+

ESPN+ is the leading direct-to-consumer sports streaming service from Disney’s Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) segment and ESPN. Launched in April 2018, ESPN+ has grown quickly to 7.9 million subscribers in less than two years, offering fans thousands of live events, original programming not available on ESPN’s linear TV or digital networks, as well as premium editorial content.

 

HIT SHOW DANA WHITE’S CONTENDER SERIES RETURNS FOR ITS FOURTH SEASON, AIRING LIVE TUESDAYS FROM UFC APEX IN LAS VEGAS

 

HIT SHOW DANA WHITE’S CONTENDER SERIES RETURNS FOR ITS FOURTH SEASON, AIRING LIVE TUESDAYS FROM UFC APEX IN LAS VEGAS

ALL EPISODES WILL AIR EXLUSIVELY ON ESPN+

 

The hit show Dana White’s Contender Series officially returns for its fourth season featuring a lineup of new and returning athletes looking for their chance to impress Dana White and make their UFC dreams come true by competing to earn a spot on the UFC roster.

 

Season four is scheduled for 10 Tuesday night episodes, with the first taking place on Tuesday, August 4 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT, with all five bouts streaming exclusively on ESPN+.

 

ESPN+ is available through the ESPN.com, ESPNPlus.com or the ESPN App on all major mobile and connected TV devices and platforms, including Amazon Fire, Apple, Android, Chromecast, PS4, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs, X Box One and more. Fans can sign up for $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year, with no contract required.

 

Over its past three seasons, Dana White’s Contender Series has introduced some of UFC’s top prospects from around the world, including launching the UFC careers for such athletes as Sean O’Malley, Edmen Shahbazyan, Dan Ige, Maycee Barber, Sodiq Yusuff and more. To this day, eight Dana White’s Contender Series alums have competed in UFC main or co-main events and 16 signees are currently in the top 15 of their respective divisions, making it one of the most successful talent-discovery shows in UFC history.

 

To support your coverage, please find the download link to the season four sizzle reel here. In addition, please find the download link for the season four athlete feature here, which highlights some of the participating athletes, their backgrounds and what competing on Dana White’s Contender Series means to them.

 

Bouts included in the first episode of season 4:

Light heavyweight
Ty Flores vs. Dustin Jacoby

 

Lightweight
Uros Medic vs. Mikey Gonzalez

 

Flyweight
Luis Rodriguez vs. Jerome Rivera

 

Lightweight
Jordan Leavitt vs. Luke Flores

 

Visit the UFC.com for information and additional content to support your UFC coverage.

 

About UFC®
UFC® is the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization (MMA), with more than 318 million fans and 102 million social media followers. The organization produces more than 40 live events annually in some of the most prestigious arenas around the world, while broadcasting to nearly one billion TV households across more than 175 countries. UFC’s athlete roster features the world’s best MMA athletes representing more than 65 countries. The organization’s digital offerings include UFC FIGHT PASS®, one of the world’s leading streaming services for combat sports. UFC was acquired in 2016 by global entertainment, sports and content company Endeavor, along with strategic investors Silver Lake Partners and KKR. UFC is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more information, visit UFC.com and follow UFC at Facebook.com/UFC, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram: @UFC.

 

About ESPN
ESPN, the world’s leading sports entertainment enterprise, features more than 50 assets – nine U.S. television networks, ESPN Radio, ESPN.com, ESPN International, ESPN The Magazine and more.  ESPN is 80 percent owned by ABC, Inc. (an indirect subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company) and 20 percent by Hearst.

 

About ESPN+
ESPN+ is the leading direct-to-consumer sports streaming service from Disney’s Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) segment and ESPN. Launched in April 2018, ESPN+ has grown quickly to 7.9 million subscribers in less than two years, offering fans thousands of live events, original programming not available on ESPN’s linear TV or digital networks, as well as premium editorial content.