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NFR bolts Las Vegas

Tue., Dec. 17, 2013

The National Finals Rodeo is planning to leave Las Vegas in 2015 for Osceola County, Florida, south of Orlando, after 29 years, depriving Sin City of an event that ropes in nearly $100 million for the local economy each December. Las Vegas tourism officials vowed to launch a competing rodeo. “We are disappointed …,” said Michael Mack, spokesman for Las Vegas Events. The rodeo cowboys association board voted 6-3 Sunday for the move that calls for the 2015 event to be held at the Amway Center, home of the Orlando Magic; county officials vowed to have a new, 24,000-seat arena ready by the fall of 2016. The deal also would include $16 million annually for the rodeo association’s prize money and administrative costs, as well as revenue sharing. – AP

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