Vegas in Limbo? Top Stories, Sports and Business News — July 17

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Dan Snyder Responds to Washington Post Article

On Thursday The Washington Post reported that 15 former female employees of the Washington NFL team allege they were verbally abused and sexually harassed during their time with the team. One of the accusers says it was “the most miserable experience of my life” and characterized her job as “relentless sexual harassment and verbal abuse that was ignored and in some cases condoned by top team executives.”

A day after the scathing Washington Post article, team owner Daniel Snyder released a statement that read, “The behavior described in yesterday’s Washington Post article has no place in our franchise or society. This story has strengthened my commitment to setting a new culture and standard for our team, a process that began with the hiring of Coach Rivera earlier this year. Beth Wilkinson and her firm are empowered to do a full, unbiased investigation and make any and all requisite recommendations. Upon completion of her work, we will institute new policies and procedures and strengthen our human resources infrastructure to not only avoid these issues in the future but most importantly create a team culture that is respectful and inclusive of all.”

Wilkinson is a D.C. attorney hired by Snyder to do a deep dive into the Washington football team’s culture and HR practices. The NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell’s office have yet to comment on the allegations.

A Coronavirus Update

There are 13.8 million cases of the virus worldwide, with over 592,000 deaths. The U.S. has over 3.6 million cases with over 138,000 deaths. On Thursday, U.S. infections rose by over 77,000, making it the highest daily case count on record. Also on Thursday, Florida reported 13,000 new cases and 156 deaths, which breaks its single-day death record for the second time this week. Texas reported 10,291 cases on Thursday, with 129 deaths, marking the deadliest day for Texans for a second day in a row. The governors of Arkansas and Colorado have been the latest to make masks mandatory in their states.

Larry Fink, the CEO of BlackRock, an investment firm, said that if states were to mandate mask-wearing in their reopening plans, we could see the economy recover much sooner than if they don’t.

Meanwhile, an unpublished document prepared for the White House coronavirus task force was obtained by the Center for Public Integrity. The report recommends that 18 states, which are all in the coronavirus “red zone” when it comes to cases, should roll back reopening plans. The report is 359 pages. It states that the red zone is defined as “those core-based statistical areas (CBSAs) and counties that during the last week reported both new cases above 100 per 100,000 population, and a diagnostic test positivity result above 10%." The states in the red zones? Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah.

If you remember, Georgia governor Brian Kemp blocked counties in Georgia from mandating masks. And he’s now suing Atlanta over its mask mandate. However, he is now asking residents to wear masks.

Las Vegas Tourists Test Positive for COVID-19

According to Nevada state health data, 123 Las Vegas tourists tested positive for the coronavirus in the last few weeks.

After a three month shut down, Nevada originally re-opened its Las Vegas casinos on June 4, but Governor Steve Sisolak reversed the re-opening last week and implemented new safety protocols including once again shutting down bars and restaurants.

According to the Associated Press, Sisolak is waiting for more data before deciding to shut down casinos again. The latest Nevada data indicates there are 32,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 626 deaths. Casino revenue dropped more than 98% during the shut-down.

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