In March 2017, the world shook as the NFL approved the relocation of the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas. This a few months after the Nevada Legislature approved a $750 Million financing plan funded by hotel taxes in Clark County. For the second time in three years, Las Vegas became a major league city. First the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights arrived and now the most infamous professional football team – the Raiders – were coming to Sin City.
That same month, Las Vegas Raiders Report was founded by Scott Gulbransen and Rob Barnett – two UNLV alumni and football fanatics. Bringing together over 20 years of experience in journalism, digital marketing, and social media marketing, web development, and gaming, the partners quickly set out to be the first Las Vegas-based Raiders news and entertainment site. A few months later, the partners launched the Las Vegas Raiders Report Podcast garnering a quick following amongst Raider Nation.
While the site covers all that is Raiders football, it particularly focuses on Las Vegas – the future home of the Raiders. Key to its mission is covering the planning and construction of the Raiders new state-of-the-art domed stadium just off the legendary Las Vegas Strip.
The site, podcast, and video stream doesn’t try to be everything, instead bringing its own unique and focused voice on the future the Las Vegas Raiders.
Rob Barnett – Co-Founder/Chief Technology Officer
Rob Barnett is a 20+ year Las Vegan transplant from Kansas City, proud UNLV Alumni and sports junkie. Dedicated father, husband, son, and friend. Barnett has a wealth of experience in the gaming industry and has worked for gaming giants Caesars Entertainment and Station Casinos.
Scott Gulbransen – Co-Founder/Editor
Scott Gulbransen is an accomplished social media, public relations, and digital marketing pro and thought leader, and former print journalist. He has managed and led public relations, social media and digital marketing at brands like Intuit, Applebee’s and H&R Block. In 2014, Gulbransen was named Global Head of Digital Content at Haymon Boxing, creators of the Premier Boxing Champions series. In two short years, he helped build the most digitally advanced team in the history of the sport. Gulbransen now is owner/partner in Classic Rock Coffee Co. in Las Vegas, and is the partner in several online and offline business ventures – all based in Nevada.
Jim Fossum – Editor/Contributor
Jim Fossum brings a wealth of experience and talent to the Las Vegas Raiders Report. Now retired, Fossum was among the youngest section editors and department heads at a major metropolitan daily in the country when he was promoted at age 33 to be sports editor of the Las Vegas Review-Journal in 1991. He worked 25 years overall and served 16 years as sports editor of Nevada’s largest paper and oversaw a staff of 17 full-time writers and copy editors and a daily color section of eight to 10 pages on weekdays and 16 to 18 on weekends and Mondays during football season.
Fossum has worked with many of the most talented journalists and iconic athletes in the world while covering Final Fours, major college bowl games, world championship boxing and all three major professional golf tours for more than two decades as a longtime member of the Golf Writers Association of America. He has written for Golf and Golf Digest magazines and was a periodic contributor to Sports Illustrated. Jack Nicklaus, Joe Montana, Larry Bird and Bjorn Borg are among the many sports superstars he has interviewed in addition to documenting the careers of Las Vegans Randall Cunningham, Andre Agassi and Greg Maddux.
Fossum was named Nevada Sportswriter of the Year in 1998 by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, and joined national winners Jim Nantz of CBS Sports and Mitch Albom, then of the Detroit Free Press, in Salisbury, N.C., for the awards ceremony. Winner of numerous awards from the Nevada Press Association for news, feature, column and headline writing, he has judged several state newspaper and high school design, editing and writing contests.
A longtime member of the Associated Press Sports Editors organization (APSE), Fossum helped oversee the group’s annual West Regional Convention for several years at numerous Las Vegas Strip resorts. He helped recruit the APSE’s National Convention, featuring virtually all of the nation’s leading sports journalists, to the MGM Grand in 2006.
In the summer of 2005, 30 years after graduating from Lake Havasu (Ariz.) High School, he was honored with his alma mater’s Distinguished Alumni Award in his first year of eligibility and delivered the Class of 2006 commencement speech.
Fossum has received numerous community service awards from charitable organizations such as the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the American Cancer Society. Before retiring with vision disabilities in 2006, he was cited for his contributions to the local sports community by the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame.