SOURCE: Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority

July 15, 2005 20:10 ET

Las Vegas Selected to Host 2008 Baseball Winter Meetings

LAS VEGAS, NV -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 15, 2005 -- For the first time, Las Vegas has been selected to host the Baseball Winter Meetings. In December 2008, professional baseball will bring its annual meeting to Las Vegas, which attracts approximately 4,000 individuals, including top minor league and major league executives and representatives from companies exhibiting at the Meeting's Baseball Trade Show, the largest baseball related trade show in the world.

There have been more than 100 Baseball Winter Meetings in the event's history, and 2008 marks the first time Las Vegas will serve as host city for the event.

"Everyone knows baseball is America's favorite pastime, and Las Vegas is America's favorite place for leisure and business travel," said Rossi Ralenkotter, president and CEO, Las Vegas Convention and Visitor Authority. "Las Vegas' brand is a perfect compliment to Professional Baseball's premiere industry event."

"Everyone who comes to the 2008 Baseball Winter Meetings will have a chance to experience for themselves the best of what this city has to offer," said Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman.

"It's a good thing for Las Vegas and for baseball," Las Vegas 51s President and General Manager Don Logan said of acquiring the meetings. "It raises the awareness in the market of what's going on."

The Baseball Winter Meetings are an annual December gathering of professional baseball executives and open only to major and minor league members, Baseball Trade Show exhibitors, Professional Baseball Employment Opportunities (PBEO) attendees, media and affiliated parties. Those who attend include baseball team owners, top executives and staff members who partake in league and organizational meetings.

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