Michael Erin is a former United States Army captain who received his bachelor of arts in business and economics from the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia. Now residing in Nevada, Michael Erin serves as the vice president of development for The Economic Club of Las Vegas (ECLV), a nonprofit that organizes economic-based open forum debate and discussion.
In September of 2016 ECLV hosted a seminar on sports franchises and stadiums featuring University of Michigan sports economist Stefan Szymanski, television personality Jon Ralston, and urban growth expert Robert E. Lang. The three speakers presented findings and independent insights on the cost and economic benefits of sports stadiums and franchises. The talk was particularly pertinent as just months prior the National Hockey League (NHL) announced it had awarded an expansion franchise to Las Vegas.
Set to begin play in the 2017-18 season, the Las Vegas Golden Knights will join the NHL's Western Conference. The team's ownership group, led by billionaire Bill Foley, paid the NHL a $500 million expansion fee, which was to be distributed among the league's 30 teams. The Golden Knights will be the first team from the four major professional sports franchises - NBA, NFL, NHL, and MLB - to call Las Vegas home. They will play out of the 17,368-seat T-Mobile Arena.
Michael Erin currently serves as the global initiatives manager for the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance.