Butch Spyridon, CEO of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, confirmed he is negotiating a deal that could bring the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series awards banquet to town.
Sports Business Journal writer Adam Stern reported Monday that the banquet, which has been in Las Vegas the past 10 years, is expected to move to Nashville, according to sources.
Butch Spyridon (Photo: THE TENNESSEAN)
When asked in an email whether the awards banquet was coming to Nashville, Spyridon replied: “We have been in talks with NASCAR for quite some time. While we love the speculation (and hope there is substance), we do not have any signed contracts at this time. It would be inappropriate to comment at this time.”
The 2018 awards banquet took place Nov. 29 at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas.
The timing of the negotiations between NASCAR and Nashville is interesting considering a deal was struck in December between Speedway Motorsports and Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway operator Tony Formosa that laid the groundwork to bring NASCAR back to Music City.
That deal has yet to be approved by the Metro Board of Fair Commissioners.
Formosa told the fair board the discussions have centered around a NASCAR Xfinity Series race and a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race being run at the fairgrounds.
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