The NHL is coming to Las Vegas because America is now a casino nation

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In 1950, America was waking up to the problem of organized crime. U.S. Attorney General J. Howard McGrath convened a conference, primarily of big-city mayors, to discuss the root causes of the rackets (the word “mafia” had not yet entered the popular lexicon). Gambling, he said, was a fundamental nuisance in a country that was fundamentally opposed to the practice.