The Sporting Tribune was founded in 2022 with headquarters in Los Angeles and offices in Las Vegas and Hawaii. The focus is on sports, food, entertainment, and culture across Southern California, Las Vegas and Hawaii. Why that region? Professional sports leagues have territories and Las Vegas and Hawaii are part of the territories for Southern California professional sports teams. For example, the Lakers’ territory, designated by the NBA, includes all of Southern California, Las Vegas and Hawaii. That means the regional sports networks that televise the Lakers, Clippers, Dodgers, Angels, LAFC, LA Galaxy and other teams in the area are not only available in Southern California but also in Las Vegas and Hawaii.
Los Angeles and Las Vegas recently opened two multi-billion-dollar stadiums and will open two multi-billion-dollar arenas by 2024. When they open, four of the top five most expensive venues in the world will be in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Over the next six years the 270 miles that connect these two cities will be the epicenter of the sports world. The region will host the Summer Olympics, FIFA World Cup, Super Bowls, College Football National Championship Games, U.S. Open Championship, U.S. Women’s Open, Breeder’s Cup, and, yes, even WrestleMania.
Outside of sports, the region is bonded by many of the same tourists and transplants. Over 20 percent of Las Vegas visitors come from Southern California, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. It is by far the largest regional contributor to tourism in Las Vegas. Los Angeles is also Las Vegas’ top air feeder market and California is Las Vegas’ top air feeder market by state with over twice as many visitors as the second state. Californians already make up over 20 percent of Nevada’s population and Californians make up 60 percent of new residents in Henderson, Nevada. California is also the largest state contributor to Hawaiian tourism with over 2.6 million visitors per year, which is four times as many visitors as the second state, according to the Hawaii Tourism Authority. So many Hawaiians now call Las Vegas home that the city has been nicknamed Hawaii’s “Ninth Island.”