Cosmo vs. Kane suit proves case against Las Vegas sports teams.
few years ago, the sports world blew up with talks of professional
sports teams coming to Las Vegas. For years, the City of Sin
was deemed off limits to athletics that would draw national exposure.
The fear was – and understandably so – that hosting major
sporting events in Las Vegas would perpetuate a severe rate of
gambling on said sports, and potentially by the players themselves.
lobbying by supporters with very deep pockets helped push those
concerns aside, and the completion of the T-Mobile Arena in
2016 opened the doors for the first major league team to enter the
city. The NHL‘s Las Vegas Golden Knights came
first, dropping their first puck in 2017. The WNBA‘s Las
Vegas Aces (formerly San Antonio Stars) relocated to Vegas
prior to tip-off of the 2018 season. Come 2020, Vegas will welcome
its third pro sports team as the NFL‘s Oakland Raiders move to Sin City.
week, we’re seeing the first signs that there may have been some
merit to the arguments of those who opposed the idea. A lawsuit has
been filed against Evander Kane, forward for the San
Jose Sharks, who apparently wagered away half a million
dollars while he was in town for the team’s playoff series against
the Golden Knights.
Lawsuit Bad Press for Las Vegas Sports Teams
According to case documents filed in the Clark County District Court on Monday, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is suing Evander Kane for $500,000. The Vegas casino alleges that, in mid April 2019, the professional hockey player applied for and was granted eight cash credits. The amounts varied, ranging in value from $20,000 to $100,000, for a total of $500,000 combined.
Cosmopolitan alleges that Kane never paid back any of those markers.
The casino is suing for the half million dollars owed, plus court
costs and legal fees.
The Las Vegas Review Journal points out that those credits were
granted on or about April 15, a date that falls directly between Game
3 and Game 4 of the NHL’s First Round Playoffs, where Kane’s San Jose
Sharks were facing off against the Vegas Golden Knights.
Incidentally, the Sharks lost both of those games, but rallied
thereafter to win the series in Game 7.
party is speaking to the media about the case. The Cosmopolitan cited
company policy in its declination to comment on any pending
litigation. The San Jose Sharks, who signed Evander Kane to a
seven-year contract worth $49 million in 2018, have been unavailable
Setting the Standard for Vegas Athletics?
it isn’t a member of the local hockey team involved in this story,
it’s still drawing bad press for the area. A professional athlete
allegedly succumbs to severe levels of gambling – not just
gambling, but fraudulent gambling – in an incident inherently
encouraged by the glaringly conspicuous proximity of Las Vegas
casinos in every direction.
I don’t see Clark County officials suddenly changing their minds,
kicking their newly acquired Las Vegas sports teams out of the state.
However, I do see more unfortunate stories like this one making
headlines in the years to come.
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