Las Vegas vs. Saudi Arabia: The Desert Battle for Global Sports Supremacy
SummaryThe transformation of Las Vegas into a global sports hub mirrors the sports-fueled binge that Saudi Arabia has used to enhance its global profile.
LAS VEGAS—The transformation of Las Vegas into a sports Mecca had long been seen as an impossibility. Its reliance on gambling felt too uncomfortable. It catered to unsavory vices. And its singular focus on tourists made it seem like Vegas could never provide the permanent fan base to support major teams.