- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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The Nevada State Athletic Commission, the most important commission in the United States, has a new member. Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval named Anthony Marnell III to the five-person panel on March 12.
Marnell will serve the rest of the term left vacant by the death of commissioner T.J. Day, who died in January. Marnell's term expires on Oct. 31.
"I am proud to appoint Anthony Marnell III to the Nevada Athletic Commission," Sandoval said in a statement. "His experience will prove to be an asset to the commission, and I am pleased he has agreed to serve."
Marnell is the president of the M Resort Spa and Casino and also the owner and manager of Marnell Gaming, which owns the Colorado Belle Hotel and Casino, Edgewater Hotel and Casino and the Laughlin Event Center in Laughlin, Nev.
"I look forward to this exciting opportunity to serve on the Nevada Athletic Commission," Marnell said. "I want to thank Gov. Sandoval for this appointment. It is truly an honor."
Meanwhile, the commission continues to go through the process of interviewing candidates for the executive director position, left vacant when Keith Kizer resigned in January.
• In other news from the commission, Canelo Alvarez's 10th-round knockout of Alfredo Angulo on March 8 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas sold 12,704 tickets for a gate of $2,084,700. There were 342 complimentary tickets given away and 228 unsold tickets. The gate figures are in addition to the 350,000-plus pay-per-view subscriptions the fight sold and the $20 million-plus it generated in PPV revenue.