Wranglers Are Las Vegas’ Model Sports Team

By Ron Kantowski
Las Vegas Sun

LAS VEGAS – The other day the Las Vegas Wranglers issued a news release that said the ECHL team had exercised a three-year option on its lease at the Orleans Arena.

The release consisted of seven paragraphs. Two of those were about how to get playoff tickets.

If you didn’t know any better, you’d think it was no big deal.

But if you have been around Las Vegas for any time, then you know this is a pretty big deal, indeed. It’s like trading a broken Slinky for what Jay has in the box on “Let’s Make a Deal.”

It means that barring the roof blowing off the building or the mother of all Zamboni accidents, the Wranglers will be here through at least 2011 (there is another three-year option after this one expires).

That will make the Wranglers the second-longest standing franchise in Las Vegas’ checkered pro sports history.

Somebody call Herb Alpert. Wynton Marsalis and Chris Botti, too. We need multiple trumpets. If the Wranglers won’t blow their own horn, somebody should. It’s time to label them a success story, both on and off the ice.

“We’re very proud of what we have accomplished,” Wranglers president Billy Johnson said.

“We’ve been good, technically, on the ice; we’ve been good, technically, on the business model; and we’ve been good, technically, as far as a marketing approach.”

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