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Beyond the Scoreboard: Raiders in Vegas updates, plus Loudon United and more


Beyond the Scoreboard: Raiders in Vegas updates, plus Loudon United and more

By Rick Horrow

Podcast edited by Tanner Simkins


  • Raiders, Allegiant agree on a naming rights deal for Las Vegas Stadium. The Raiders and Allegiant announced an agreement for the naming rights to Las Vegas Stadium, the future home of the Raiders and UNLV Football. Sources said that Allegiant is likely paying between $20-25 million in “cash and in-kind services a year to put its name on the building.” This partnership with the Raiders presents a global branding opportunity for the Las Vegas-based airline company as Allegiant will have its name showcased on the 1.75 million-square-foot, state-of-the-art domed stadium that will also host many world-class major sports and entertainment events. Said Raiders President Marc Badain, “As the hometown airline, Allegiant is the perfect partner to showcase the incredible support we continue to receive from the Southern Nevada community.” Allegiant Stadium will also serve as the home for UNLV football in addition to serving as the site of the Las Vegas Bowl beginning in 2020, as well as the 2020 and 2021 Pac-12 football championship games.
  • Loudoun United christens new Segra Field home. D.C. United last Friday night opened the gates to a new venue for its second-division team in Leesburg, Virginia. USL club Loudoun United “announced a sellout crowd of 5,015” for its draw against the Charlotte Independence at Segra Field, according to the Washington Post. A week ago Saturday, however, the club welcomed numerous local dignitaries and representatives from D.C. United for an official ribbon cutting ceremony. Among the guest speakers at the event were Dave Johnson, longtime television voice of D.C. United, D.C. United CEO and managing general owner Jason Levien, Loudoun United Chief Operations Officer Adam Behnke, and Loudoun County Department of Economic Development Executive Director Buddy Rizer, along with almost every Loudoun County supervisor. Real estate firm JLL secured the deal to manage the venue, its fourth in the D.C. region. The stadium will be joined next year by a new training facility that will be shared by Loudoun United and D.C. United, with the $15 million development set to be completed next summer. 
  • Joe Maddon’s Try Not to Suck Celebrity Golf Classic returns. For the fourth year, Chicago Cubs’ manager Joe Maddon will hold his annual “Try Not to Suck” Celebrity Golf Classic on Monday, August 19 at Bryn Mawr Country Club in Lincolnwood, Illinois. The event benefits Joe and Jaye Maddon’s Respect 90 Foundation which provides assistance to at-risk children and families in the areas Joe and Jaye call home including Chicago; Tampa, Florida; Hazleton, Pennsylvania; Mesa, Arizona;  and Southern California. Respect 90 provides children and families opportunities to develop championship attitudes through sports, academics, and community involvement. The total proceeds from four years of the Maddon Celebrity Golf Tournaments (including this year) will approach $1 million dollars. The field includes dozens of former Cubs players, front office staff, and local and national celebrities – and Rick is proud to continue to participate in the event. On Sunday, the longtime Chicago skipper reassured Cubs fans that his level of optimism about returning to the Cubs is “very high” as he enters the final seven weeks of his current five-year deal. 

Loudoun South throws combined no-hitter in Little League World Series debut

Loudoun South throws combined no-hitter in Little League World Series debut

The first Virginia team in 25 years to make an appearance in the Little League World Series, the Loudoun South Little League team didn't let their postponed tournament debut rattle them.

After rain and lightning forced Loudoun's first game of the tournament, set for 3 p.m. on Thursday, to be postponed until Friday morning, the Southeast regional champions dominated on the mound and in the batter's box for their 3-0 win over the New England regional champions from Rhode Island. 

Justin Lee, Loudoun's ace, set the tone early with 2 2/3 scoreless innings, including two strikeouts. But after Lee threw 35 pitches, Loudoun opted to make the call to the bullpen early in order to keep Lee available for a Sunday start in case the Southeast champions won Friday's matchup. (The Little League World Series allows pitchers who have thrown between 20 and 35 pitches to take the mound again after only one day of rest).

Southpaw Liam Thyen took over on the mound, racking up six strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings. Chase Obstgarten finished off the competition, with 2/3 of an inning of work and one final strikeout, as New England's Owen Pfeffer was tagged out on a dropped third strike. 

But Lee, Thyen and Obstgarten's solid work on the bump wouldn't have mattered if not for a smattering of runs in a two-out rally from Loudoun's offense in the bottom of the fifth.

A two-out, two-run long shot to right-center from Brady Yates put the Southeast champs on the board first, as the dugout emptied and players mobbed Yates at home plate.

Three batters later, a Thyen single--the third in a row from Loudoun--drove in the team's third and final run of the contest.

Now, the Southeast regional champs advance to the United States' winners bracket. Their next game is scheduled for 11 a.m. ET on Sunday and will be broadcast on ESPN. Loudoun South will play the winner of the Midwest v. Great Lakes matchup. 


Loudoun South’s debut at the Little League World Series delayed by weather

Loudoun South’s debut at the Little League World Series delayed by weather

It has been 25 years since a team from Virginia has played in the Little League World Series and the wait will extend for one more day. The Loudoun South Little League team’s first game of the tournament was postponed from Thursday to 10 a.m. on Friday due to weather.

Loudoun South reached the LLWS as the Southeast regional champions and was scheduled to play the New England champions from Rhode Island on Thursday. The game was set for 3 p.m. but lightning in the area delayed the start of the game. With no end to the rain in sight as of 6 p.m., the game was officially postponed.

The rain will mean a busy day on Friday as only one of the games scheduled for Thursday was able to be played. Friday’s slate of games now includes seven games starting with Loudon’s game at 10 a.m.

The LLWS is a double-elimination tournament. Should Loudoun win Friday’s game, they will play their second game Sunday at 11 a.m.. A loss on Friday will mean they will play to remain in the tournament on Saturday at 3 p.m.