CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A critic of a deal to publicly fund a Las Vegas stadium says he’s not sure the NFL’s business model will be intact three decades from now when the public will finally pay off the venue.
Rev. Arthur Gafke warned Tuesday that professional football is at its zenith now, but said brain injuries stemming from the sport could catch up with it and create massive financial liabilities.
He compared tackle football and its lingering physical affects to an ancient society throwing young people off a cliff as a sacrifice to the gods.
The Assembly adjourned for the day and isn’t scheduled to formally reconvene until after the Yom Kippur holiday.
Lawmakers didn’t end up voting Tuesday for the bill they were deliberating, which would have authorized the Clark County Commission to raise sales tax by one-tenth of 1 percent to help fund more police officers.
Authorities say police departments need more funding to keep up with the tourism growth they expect out of a proposed stadium and convention center expansion. The Nevada Senate is considering a bill that would authorize public funding for those projects.
Several members of the Assembly wanted to adjourn in time to have dinner and get to a synagogue in observance of the Jewish holiday, which begins at sundown Tuesday and ends at sundown Wednesday.
It’s considering raising hotel taxes so it can put $750 million toward a stadium for the Raiders and $420 million toward a convention center expansion.
Meanwhile, Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani is lambasting the process lawmakers are using to vet the stadium plan.
Giunchigliani said Tuesday she’s troubled that the stadium deal and a plan to expand and renovate the Las Vegas convention center are bundled together. People who support the convention center for the jobs it will bring but oppose putting money to the stadium must vote against the whole thing.
She said the deal is rushed, urging lawmakers to have the courage to vote no, then bring up the convention center plan for a vote in the regular session begins in February.
Giunchigliani has been a vocal critic of the plan and says a stadium isn’t an emergency worthy of calling a special session.
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