Sports Come Alive Through Art And Storytelling In Las Vegas

Carling Jackson works in her studio on Wynn Hotel's mural depicting Adam Jones and... [+] Basketball player Jewel Lloyd and skier Gus Kenworthy. Matus Kovacik
You will be amazed at the Wynn Las Vegas if you are a passionate sports fan. Blue Wire Pods is a sports podcasting company that the luxury resort and casino on Las Vegas Strip partnered with this summer to bring you new content. They also commissioned a new collection paintings and murals in honor of athletes who inspire them.

Wynn-Blue Wire's multimillion-dollar project launched the 2021 NFL season with the unveiling of a 1,700 square. Blue Wire's network includes more than 175 podcasts. This 1,700 sq. ft. media space will be available year-round for creating thousands of hours of sports-related audio and video.

Blue Wire currently boasts more than 50 million annual podcast downloads. It also offers a variety of podcasts. Blue Wire's sports podcasts include The Dane Moore NBA Podcast, and A Touch More hosted by Megan Rapinoe. Sue Bird is a WNBA legend.

Blue Wire announced this summer that Chris Long, a long-time NFL star, and Cris Carter have been signed to their platform's growing talent pool.

Blue Wire's state-of-the-art podcast studio at Wynn Las Vegas Trevor Tondro, Blue Wire and Wynn

Carter is a Pro Football Hall of Famer and a legendary wide receiver. He hosts WR1, where he interviews the best receivers in football. Green Light with Chris Long is hosted by Long, a retired defensive player and two-time Super Bowl Champion. WynnBET, Wynns' betting platform will be the title sponsor of both programs.

Wynn Interactive president Craig Billings stated that "the production and distribution to engage our 'only' content is an integral part of our strategy for building the WynnBET Brand." Blue Wire's partnership will produce unique, storytelling-based content in sports entertainment, with much of it being produced at Wynn Las.

Art and submersive sports experiences

Blue Wire Wynn's project had another major goal: to honor athletes from around the globe, from both major league sports and individual sports.

Wynn also commissioned Carling Jackson to create the exhibit. Jackson is well-known for her extensive work on sports art and human rights art. Jackson designed pieces for the exhibit entitled When Champions Rise: Amplifying Unrepresented Voices in Sports to showcase the spirit of inclusion.

Jackson, a Vancouver-based artist, specializes on portraits of professional athletes. She says the project is a perfect blend of art and sports. She also suggests that many of these athletes were selected for their inspirational stories and not their fame.

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Jackson stated that Jackson was impressed by the individual stories of each of these extraordinary people and that Jackson wanted to paint them together as a group.

Wynn Hotel Las Vegas guests will be able to see the parade of athletes, including tennis star Coco Gauff, [+] gymnast Lisa Mason, and NBA center Enes Kter. Photograph by Matus Kovacik

She says that athletes featured in the work use their platforms to promote equality, human rights, and social justice for women.

Visitors will be able to see Olympians, WTA players and soccer stars as well as stars of Major League Baseball and the NBA, NHL, and NFL.

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Cori "Coco", a 17-year old tennis star, and Justin Fashanu (a British footballer who was the first openly homosexual player to play in England's Football Association), are two of them.

Other athletes include Adam Jones, Gus Kenworthy, outfielder Gus Kenworthy and Enes Kanter, a Turkish-born NBA center.

The Wynn Las Vegas' main floor houses four 4.5x5-foot paintings that measure 20 feet long. Jackson stated that Jackson and the organizers of the project had input into the selection of photos that should be used in creating the murals.

These athletes are ambassadors for diversity. Jackson stated that many of these friends are close to me and have overcome seemingly impossible odds.

The When Champions Rise exhibit was opened September 7th and will remain there for many years to come.


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