5 Biggest Las Vegas Sports Stories (Nov 28 – Dec 4)

Longtime Las Vegas sports broadcaster Ballpark Frank Harnish passes away, the Las Vegas Raiders move up in the power rankings and one former Florida Gators coach is describing what happened to Jon Gruden as a hit job last week in Las Vegas sports

#5 Veteran Las Vegas sports radio host Frank Harnish passes away.

Former Las Vegas Golden Knights studio host Frank Harnish passed away this week after a courageous battle with cancer. Harnish, who was known as” Ball Park Frank” by his fans, worked at Locus Broadcasting for 27 years but was laid off by the company in 2020 at the age of 61. He touched a lot of hearts during his time as a broadcaster, and the Las Vegas Golden Knights proved that with a statement on his passing.

“Frank Harnish was as kind as he was passionate about all things sports and Las Vegas, and he will be missed by the Vegas Golden Knights,” a statement from the NHL franchise reads. “We extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends.”

#4 Las Vegas Raiders move up in several power rankings after win over the Cowboys

Las Vegas Raiders fans had a lot to celebrate over Thanksgiving weekend after watching their team beat the Dallas Cowboys and revive their playoff hopes in the process. In fact, several NFL power ranking sites had the Raiders moved up significantly in their polls, with the team even reaching the 12th position in one ranking. 

One site that pushed the Raiders up in the power rankings was, which was quick to point to the signing of Desean Jackson as a reason for the success. “How huge does the DeSean Jackson signing look right now?” the site wrote in their weekly power ranking poll.

#3 Oakland Athletics closing in on move to Las Vegas after putting in bid?

According to a new report from CNBC, The Oakland Athletics have put in a bid to buy the Tropicana, a resort on the Las Vegas Strip. If the bid is accepted, the team will be the third professional sports organization to come to Las Vegas in the last four years. The land will be approximately 33 acres and allow the Athletics to finally build their dream stadium.

As we have seen with the NHL and the NFL, Las Vegas is a great place to have a pro team, Clark County Commissioner Jim Gibson said in a statement. We have the best fans in the country and if this comes to fruition, it would be very exciting to welcome Major League Baseball to our community.”

#2 NFL moves Las Vegas Raiders versus Cleveland Browns to Saturday

While the Las Vegas Raiders were originally supposed to take on the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, December 19, the matchup was rescheduled to Saturday at 4:30 as a part of the NFL Network s Week 15 doubleheader. This will give the Raiders only six days to rest after their battle with the Kansas City Chiefs. However, the organization will have an eight-day rest before they take on the Denver Broncos on December 26.

#1 Brent Musburger calls Jon Gruden’s email leak a “hit job”

It s no secret that Jon Gruden s resignation as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders was one of the biggest controversies of the season. Former football commentator Brent Musberger is now calling the scandal a coordinated hit job.

As I told Coach, whoever took you out, Jon, that was a paid assassin, Musburger told the Las Vegas sports Network.  That was one of the best hit jobs that I ve ever been around… They first went to the Wall Street Journal. And when Gruden was still coaching after that, then they dumped the rest of it on the New York Times. That was a professional hit job.

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