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Join us as we discuss the economics of sports franchises and stadiums and the potential impact to Las Vegas. Presentation to include independent insights to economic benefits and costs followed by a moderated Q&A. Limited seating available and lunch will be served.

SPEAKER INFORMATION:

Stefan Szymanski, University of Michigan

Stefan is a Co-Director in the Michigan Centre for Sport Management, University of Michigan. Between 2008-2012 he was a Professor of Economics at Cass Business School, City University, London. He completed his PhD in the Department of Economics, Birkbeck College, University of London. He is recognized as one the world’s leading and most influential sports economists. He has published widely in the academic press on issues relating to the incentives in contests, competitive balance in sports leagues, the business strategy of football and other sports, the sale of broadcast rights, the role of competition law, public subsidies major sporting events, well-being and sports policy, and the economic history of sport. He has advised governments, sport governing bodies and clubs on various economic issues.

He has written in the media on business issues relating to football, cricket and the Olympics among others. In addition to Why England Lose & Other Curious Football Phenomena Explained (with Simon Kuper), he has recently co-authored Fans of the World Unite! A (Capitalist) Manifesto for Sports Consumers (with Steve Ross, Stanford University Press), and authored Playbooks and Checkbooks: An Introduction to the Economics of Modern Sports.

Jon Ralston, Television Host, Political Commentator and Columnist

Jon Ralston has been covering politics in Nevada for 30 years, and is recognized as a foremost expert in the state. In 2012, he was named one of the Top 50 "Politicos to Watch" by Politico.

Jon is a contributor to KTNV, the ABC affiliate in Las Vegas. He also has hosted several TV programs, including "Ralston Live" and "Ralston Reports."  Jon is a columnist for the Reno Gazette-Journal twice a week. His email newsletter called "Flash" sets the political agenda for the day, breaks news and contains analysis. He is a contributing editor at Politico Magazine. Jon also regularly appears on national television, including programs on MSNBC, FOX and PBS. He has appeared on "Meet the Press."

Mr. Ralston is originally from Buffalo, N.Y., and earned a B.A. in English from Cornell University and a M.A. in journalism from University of Michigan. His awards include: Nevada State Press Association's Outstanding Young Journalist of the Year in 1986, Best Columnist of the Year in 1991 and 1992 and Best Non-Staff Columnist in 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2011. In 2009, he won the Associated Press News Executive Council award for best local column.

Robert E. Lang, UNLV/Brookings Institute

Robert Lang is a nationally recognized authority on urban growth, economic development and population dynamics, including the interplay between politics and growth in the American West. Lang is often called on by business and elected leaders and media to provide an understanding of the economic recovery in the west (including Nevada), what elements led to the region’s economic decline, and what it will take to bring it back. His research has been featured in numerous media outlets, including USA Today, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, US News and World Report and reported on by CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, ABC World News Tonight and NPR.

Lang’s research specialties include suburban studies, real estate, demographic and spatial analysis, economic development, and metropolitan policy. He has authored over 150 academic and professional publications and has developed many new urban planning concepts such as "Boomburbs," "Edgeless Cities," and "Megapolitan Areas." His book, Megapolitan America, details the rise of megapolitan areas and how they will change how American plans.

Lang is a professor in the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs and serves as the executive director of The Lincy Institute and director of Brookings Mountain West at UNLV. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. Lang earned a Ph.D. in urban sociology from Rutgers University.