|Sheldon Adelson, the Las Vegas businessman, is negotiating with top UK soccer clubs to build mega-casinos on their car parks. Adelsonís private company, Las Vegas Sands, wants to spend billions of dollars building 'entertainment centres', according to a businessman cited by a report in the Daily Telegraph. The casinos would take up 150,000 sq ft, he said, and would generate up to 60,000 jobs. The move signals the level of interest from US gambling interests in investing in the UK after the government passes a bill deregulating gambling.|
Adelson has reportedly approached clubs including Rangers, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Celtic, Sunderland, Portsmouth and Plymouth. Spurs said no. Rangers admitted it has spoken to Las Vegas Sands but would not comment on the chances of a deal.
Adelson, 70, whose fortune is estimated at $1.8 billion (£1billion), is one of the Las Vegasí gaming industryís biggest players.
In 1989, he and his partners bought the renowned Sands Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas from businessman Kirk Kerkorian. The Sands was a favoured hangout of Frank Sinatra's Ratpack in the late 1950s and 1960s. After The Sands was demolished in 1996, Adelson. Adelson built the $1.5bn Venetian Resort Hotel Casino, which boasts a reproduction of the Veniceís Grand Canal.