“We have outstanding support from the LVCVA and other Las Vegas leaders, and we’re supremely confident that we’ll host two top-notch race weekends,” Las Vegas Motor Speedway president Chris Powell said. “Today’s news will create lasting memories for our fans and will provide immeasurable economic impact for Southern Nevada.”
Located 16 miles northeast of The Strip, Las Vegas Motor Speedway opened in 1996 and has hosted a spring NASCAR Cup Series race since 1998. Citing nearly 100,000 out-of-town visitors and an economic impact of $139.2 million, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority has been seeking a second Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, an initiative supported by SMI founder and executive chairman Bruton Smith.
But not wanting to expand the Cup Series beyond the current 36 points races and two exhibition events, NASCAR has resisted adding races to a calendar that already runs between mid-February and mid-November. The sanctioning body last expanded the Cup Series schedule in 2001, when Chicago Speedway and Kansas Speedway each received single dates.
It would be self-defeating for the Browns to let Pryor walk, too. Pryor is drawing interest from wide receiver-needy teams around the league, including the Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, Tennessee Titans, and Pittsburgh Steelers, and his departure from Cleveland seems like a real possibility.
If the Browns aren’t entirely sold on Pryor being a bona fide No. 1 wide receiver after just one year at the position, that’s understandable. But the wide receiver market changed with Antonio Brown’s new deal, which averages $17 million per year. If Pryor’s asking price is $10 to $12 million, it doesn’t even approach top dollar.
The Browns are risking letting Pryor walk because they’re quibbling over a couple million dollars. In the context of the $104 million in available cap Cleveland has to work with, it seems ridiculous.