FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 15th, 2018
NBC SPORTS LAUNCHES ‘DESERT GOLD’ DIGITAL SERIES PRESENTED BY MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL
Four-Episode Series Illustrates Interplay Between Las Vegas Tradition & Vegas Golden Knights’ Innovation
Episode 1 Recounts Vegas’ Historic Inaugural Season
Interviews with Owner Bill Foley, General Manager George McPhee, Goaltender Marc-André Fleury & More
Series Debuts Tuesday, Nov. 27 on NBCSports.com, Facebook Watch & YouTube
STAMFORD, Conn. – November 15, 2018 – NBC Sports examines the improbable first-year success of the Vegas Golden Knights and delves into the future of the NHL’s newest franchise with an exclusive digital series entitled Desert Gold presented by MGM Resorts International. Episode 1 debuts across NBCSports.com, YouTube and Facebook Watch on Tuesday, Nov. 27, ahead of Vegas’ road game against the Chicago Blackhawks at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN. This is the first-ever digital sports series of which MGM Resorts has been a presenting partner.
The four-episode series chronicles Vegas’ captivating run during last season’s Stanley Cup Playoffs and provides an in-depth look at the relationship between Las Vegas tradition and the Golden Knights. Click here for a trailer.
“We’re exploring the dynamics and impact of a remarkable team that made one of the great surprise runs in recent North American sports history, representing one of the most vibrant and symbolic cities in the country,” said Mark Levy, SVP, Original Productions and Creative, NBC Sports Group. “Over the course of four episodes, we’ll hear from Golden Knights players as they provide fresh perspectives on the team’s magical season, and we’ll dive into the growing passion the people of Las Vegas have for a franchise that has already brought so much joy to the community.”
Episode 1 sets the tone for the rest of the series with a thorough look at Vegas’ debut and the relationship between the franchise and the city. Owner Bill Foley, general manager George McPhee, and goaltender Marc-André Fleury, among others, detail one of the most historic runs in recent sports memory. The Golden Knights tallied the most wins, points, home and road victories by a team in its inaugural season in NHL history before falling to the Washington Capitals in the Stanley Cup Final.
The remaining episodes explore the Golden Knights’ role around the growth of entertainment and business development in Las Vegas; the evolving and unique in-arena experience at T-Mobile Arena, including interviews with members of the pre-game entertainment; and a look at how the Golden Knights continue to build off last season’s record-setting success on the ice.
The following is a complete schedule:
- November 27: Desert Gold Episode 1
- December 4: Desert Gold Episode 2
- December 17: Desert Gold Episode 3
- December 21: Desert Gold Episode 4
ABOUT NBC SPORTS DIGITAL
A division of NBC Sports Group, NBC Sports Digital consists of numerous websites, including NBCSports.com, NBCOlympics.com, GolfChannel.com, Rotoworld.com, and numerous apps, including the NBC Sports, NBC Sports Talk, NBC Scores, and Golf Channel, among others. It provides sports fans with live streaming of premier events; sport-specific websites that provide 24/7 news, scores and updates; best-in-class fantasy sports information; hyper-local coverage; and entertaining and informative short-form videos — all across desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs. NBC Sports Digital also owns and operates Playmaker Media, a technology service that provides end-to-end support for companies in need of best-in-class live streaming and VOD solutions. The Yahoo! Sports-NBC Sports Network, a digital content and promotional partnership, constantly ranks among the most-trafficked digital properties in all of sports.
ABOUT MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL
MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is an S&P 500® global entertainment company with national and international locations featuring best-in-class hotels and casinos, state-of-the-art meetings and conference spaces, incredible live and theatrical entertainment experiences, and an extensive array of restaurant, nightlife and retail offerings. MGM Resorts creates immersive, iconic experiences through its suite of Las Vegas-inspired brands. The MGM Resorts portfolio encompasses 28 unique hotel offerings including some of the most recognizable resort brands in the industry. Expanding throughout the U.S. and around the world, the company in 2018 opened MGM Springfield in Massachusetts, MGM COTAI in Macau, and the first Bellagio-branded hotel in Shanghai. The 81,000 global employees of MGM Resorts are proud of their company for being recognized as one of FORTUNE® Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies®. For more information visit us at www.mgmresorts.com.
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