Las Vegas, NV — The National Finals Rodeo’s departure from Las Vegas isn’t a done deal yet. Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association chairman Keith Martin says his board wants to make a counter-offer to keep the NFR in Vegas beyond 2014.
On Sunday, the PRCA voted to reject a 15-million dollar a year offer by Las Vegas Events and is in negotiations to bring the rodeo to the Orlando, Florida area. Las Vegas Events president Pat Christenson says an offer needs to be submitted “in the next two weeks.”
December is usually slow for Vegas tourism, but not when the National Finals Rodeo comes to town. The ten-day event at the Thomas and Mack Center helps generate about 60-million dollars a year for the local economy.
Between 1985 and 2012, just over one-million people came to Vegas for NFR, with a non-gaming economic impact of about one-billion dollars. MGM Resorts International is confident Vegas can, quote, “attract other customers and events to fill the void” if the NFR leaves Sin City.