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Thu Nov 17, 2011 4:11 pm
All information in this thread has been compiled by long-time MMA forum poster Dagwood

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From L to R: Blake Sartini Jr., Blake Sartini (brother in law), Dana White, Frank Fertitta II (father), Lorezo Fertitta, Frank Fertitta III

Lorenzo Fertitta >> Frank Fertitta III >> Frank Fertitta II (father) >> Fertitta's Grandfather to Fertitta's Uncles >> Fertitta's Cousins >> Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal (subject of movie Casino at the Freemont hotel/casino who worked for Fertitta's dad there) >> Sam Maceo >> Rosario Maceo to Palermo Sicily (home of the Mafia)


Frank & Lorenzo's family includes Sam Maceo & Rosario Maceo

Sam Maceo - Godfather Maceo-Fertitta Organized Crime Family

Rosario Maceo - co-Godfather Maceo-Fertitta Organized Crime Family

Salvatore Maceo, also known as Sam Maceo, and Rosario Maceo were businessman, community leaders, and organized crime bosses in Galveston, Texas in the United States. Because of his efforts Galveston Island became a nationally known resort town during the early and mid 20th century, a period known as Galveston's Open Era. They who rose from humble beginnings to become prominent in Galveston's notorious nightlife scene in the mid-1900s before branching out to Las Vegas, Nevada.

He and his brother, both Sicilian immigrants, owned numerous restaurant and casino venues including the now-vanished Hollywood Dinner Club and the Balinese Room. Sometimes known as the "Velvet Glove," Sam's smooth style and ability to influence people were legendary. He was able to wield influence comparable to an elected official and he held relationships with celebrities and politicians throughout Texas and the United States. During his lifetime he and his island home were known nationwide.

The culture and economy Sam & Rosario's Maceo/Fertitta crime syndicate helped create on the island engendered the nickname "Free State of Galveston." They were also involved in the development of the Las Vegas Strip during the late 1940s, particularly the establishment of the Desert Inn.

The Fertitta family and the Maceo family considered each other kin because of the marriage of Joseph Frances Fertitta to Sam's sister Olivia Maceo. The Fertittas became involved in the Maceo businesses due to this relationship.

Frank Fertitta II, Frank & Lorenzo's father was founder & former chairman of Station Casinos. Federal investigations linked him to a mob money-skimming operation in 1985 when he was caught on an FBI wire tap stating so, though he was never charged or sanctioned.

Nonetheless, Missouri gaming officials in 1992 refused to issue a gambling permit to Station unless the company guaranteed Fertitta would have no part in its management, according to published reports. This is when Frank III took over the business reigns from his father.

Both Frank III & Lorenzo were working for the family business during the time that their father was caught on FBI wire-taps implicating himself in the illegal skimming operation at the Fremont Hotel/Casino working together with known organized crime members. The FBI wire-tap transcripts were released to the media. This caused a lot of controversy in Las Vegas and the media there reported closely on it.

It was well known by longtime Las Vegas residents that the Fertitta family was involved in organized crime. It would have been hard to keep this away from the students at Bishop Gorman High School where the Fertitta brothers attended and met Dana White. There is little chance this wasn't public knowledge there too.

Station Casino execs drive spike to begin construction of 587-room/22-story tower  - 07/09/90
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L to R: Frank Fertitta Jr/father (CEO), Glen Christensen, Joe Canfora, Jim Faso, Lorenzo Fertitta (VP), Frank Fertitta III (Pres.) & Blake Sartini/cousin (Dir. Ops)

*A whole lot of very Sicilian Italian names running the show at Station Casinos

Tilman J. Fertitta (Lorenzo & Frank's 1st cousin)

His family includes Sam and Rosario Maceo who rose from humble beginnings to become prominent in Galveston's notorious nightlife scene in the mid-1900s before branching out to Las Vegas, Nevada. His cousins are Station Casinos owners Frank Fertitta III and Lorenzo Fertitta. Tilman Fertitta recently joined the ranks of casino owners himself when Landry's purchased the historic Golden Nugget in downtown Las Vegas as well as the location in Laughlin, Nevada. He has two brothers Victor Fertitta and Todd Fertitta. Both work for Landry's.

Sam Maceo - Godfather Maceo-Fertitta Organized Crime Family

Rosario Maceo - co-Godfather Maceo-Fertitta Organized Crime Family

Maceo mafia family bosses.. Frank J. Fertitta I (Frank III & Lorenzo's grandfather), Victor J. & Anthony J. Fertitta (great-uncles) took control over the Maceo Family mafia organization in the 1950's. Godfather's Sam & Rosario Maceo handed control over to the newly-minted "Fertitta Organized Crime Family".

Frank and Lorenzo's father Frank II was a known member of his family's 100+ year old Maceo-Fertitta organized crime organization.

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Frank III & Lorenzo's father Frank Fertitta Jr. was caught on FBI wire-taps incriminating himself in an illegal casino skimming operation along with known organized crime members that lasted for years. This had been well documented in the Las Vegas media at the time.

Many in the Las Vegas community where aware of the (Palace) Station Casinos' Fertitta family and their reported ties to organized crime.

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USGov vs MMA's Fertittas: NV's Biggest Unfair Labor Practice Case
by dagwood » Tue Jun 21, 2011 10:49 pm

This has been going on for a while but I think it is pertinent to how MMA's dominant player's history has been with their Casino employees and the National Labor Relations Board.

As things moves forward with the StrikeForce merger and the new position major league/top-tier fighters are in as a result... it would be good to get some perspective on MMA's Fertittas and their labor-relations history.

The case below is ongoing and a decision by the federal government won't be brought down until later this year. The Frank Fertitta III-run & Fertitta family-owned Station Casinos is now facing 197 charges by the National Labor Relations Board which is a record for any Nevada owned company. The charges include: illegally using... threats, intimidation, interrogation, surveillance, bribery, discouragement, discrimination, discipline and physical assault against employees engaged in lawfully protected union activities.

This situation is also having a huge impact on MMA being sanctioned in the state of New York. It seems this is not only coming up to bite the Fertitta's in the butt... but it is affecting all fans, promotions and fighters in New York as well as the national scene.

See the Oct. 2010 & June 2011 Culinary Worker's Union press releases and Las Vegas Hispanic TV station video below...

US Gov. vs Fertittas: NV's Biggest Unfair Labor Practice Case

The National Labor Relations Board Complaint vs Station Casinos Contains over 165 Charges, says Culinary Workers Union Local 226

October 26, 2010

LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) begins to prosecute its Unfair Labor Practice case against Station Casinos, Inc. in front of Administrative Law Judge Geoffrey Carter. The NLRB’s complaint against the dominant Las Vegas locals casino operator and the third-largest private employer in Las Vegas has grown to include more than 165 charges, the most ever against a Nevada gaming company. The NLRB alleges that, from February 19 through August 31, the company has illegally used threats, intimidation, interrogation, surveillance, bribery, discouragement, discrimination, discipline and physical assault against employees engaged in lawfully protected union activities. The hearing is expected to last several weeks as Station workers testify in the government's case against the company.

“We certainly hope Station Casinos will not retaliate against any of the workers who are brave enough to testify against the company during the NLRB hearing”

“People will see clearly now that Station is a very anti-union company that is trying to do everything it can to stop us from having a voice on the job and winning a better life for our families,” said Norma Flores, a food runner at Fiesta Henderson and one of the Station Casinos Organizing Committee members who will testify as a government witness in the hearing.

“We certainly hope Station Casinos will not retaliate against any of the workers who are brave enough to testify against the company during the NLRB hearing,” said Geoconda Arguello-Kline, President of the Culinary Union Local 226. “It is bad enough that Station is running an aggressive anti-union campaign, which has led to this massive NLRB complaint. It will be adding insult to injury if it punishes workers further for speaking out against allegedly illegal behavior by their supervisors and managers.”

In February 2010, workers from Station Casinos’ ten major properties in the Las Vegas area formed the Station Casinos Organizing Committee to demand that the company allow Station workers to exercise their right to decide whether to unionize.

The Culinary Workers Union Local 226 is the largest local affiliate of UNITE HERE, which represents more than 250,000 workers throughout the U.S. and Canada who work in the hospitality, gaming, food service, manufacturing, textile, laundry, and airport industries.

Culinary Workers Union Local 226
Ken Liu, 702-387-7001

Press Conference: U.S. Government Issues Massive Complaint Against Station Casinos

Longtime Fan wrote:

There could be endless debate on the subject of whether the Zuffa-owning Fertitta sons could possibly be made men even despite all the oversight and regulation involved in the gaming industry. So, is it conceivable Frank Fertitta III and Lorenzo Fertitta might still be doing the bidding of the same kind of ruthless folks their father worked for when he made all his initial inroads in Las Vegas?

As far as being bosses of a crime family, the two brothers don't fit the stereotypical Mafia Don profile at all, though Frank III has been referred to as Frankie Three Sticks before. Yet, blending into the mainstream business world would be perfect cover if these two brothers are indeed somehow carrying on the old family traditions and associations. If the influence is more subtle, less pronounced, harder to track, and hardly ever talked about, everybody wins.

An investigation into the familys recent business activity from A to Zuffa reveals that even if the mafia stigma is no longer a factor, certain moves made by all the associated Fertitta businesses resemble financial hits or shakedowns , like the one they did on Pride to capture and disassemble their top competitor.

No other Fertitta business move in relation to MMA has been more infamous than the assassination of PRIDE, at one point the greatest and only major threatening competition the UFC faced. Yet, long before PRIDE was on the Zuffa purchasing radar the Fertitta-led Zuffa team muscled in on other promoters and made the whole industry fit their needs. The process seemed to favor them every step of the way, and it is no surprise that they gained quick sanctioning and respectability in Nevada because of the Fertitta endorsement (he used to be part of the athletic comission) and the familys power base there.

I stated in my last thread how Lorenzo Fertitta joined the N.S.A.C and the interesting chain of events that immediately unfolded: a commissioner changes his mind to later become owner of the SAME ORGANIZATION HE DENIED EVENTS TO.

Racketeering , lobbying and financial hostile takeovers are illegal according to the law , that is unless you can manage to control the law in Your state.

A notorious move made by zuffa early on was to trademark the word Octagon. There is a California promoter named Kazja (who happened to post on the sherdog forum too) who was using that term and an octagon cage long before the UFC made it famous. Kazja is a very intriguing character, and he can recite the detailed history of MMA's rise in California and the political machinations that culminated recently in the disgraced exodus of California State Athletic Commission Armando Garcia. People like Kazja and Ron Kort have been screaming from the rooftops for years about how the UFC is allegedly complicit in much of the corruption involved in California MMA circles.

There are folks out there , along with Kazja who have been trying to show for years that the Fertittas, Dana White, and Zuffa as a whole started out by stealing whatever they could get away with to build what has since become the WWE of MMA. Its well known that nice guys finish last and the business world can certainly be a cruel and brutal atmosphere at times, but some would argue the UFCs approach to business has been excessively and increasingly ruthless.

There are even allegations that the folks behind the UFC stole the concept for one of the most popular UFC offshoots: The Ultimate Fighter reality TV franchise. Chris Champagne told us back in 2007 about a TUF-like show called The Quest he allegedly pitched to Dana White (who at first wasnt fond of the idea but was later covinced by the fertittas), only to have it snatched from him without getting any credit or payment whatsoever.

So, as far as rackets the Fertittas have still got robbery going for them in at least a figurative business sense. The latest cases of the Xyience bankruptcy and the Station Casinos looming bankruptcy debacle represent an extension of what looks to me like a sophisticated new legal corporate theft ring. The Fertittas have also recently personally extended an offering of $244 million in cash to bankrupt Station casinos smoothly and wipe out much of the vaulting debt that hangs over the company while under the Chapter 11 blanket.

It appears that they might have been using the Xyience bankruptcy as a trial run to see if they could handle such a process and if it would be beneficial. So, the recent family history details a penchant for adapting old school mafia thinking into new-school shady business dealing. The new rules of engagement may all be legal but they are no less dangerous and disturbing to the victims on the other end of the shaft. Whats more concerning is that we dont get to see the illegal side of it because they are perfect criminals just like the rest of the elitist monopolizing banking cartels that are the companies that form part of the n.w.o.

The only actual murder thought to be possibly connected in any way to the Fertitta Family in recent years is that of casino skimmer Carl Thomas, and because of the mysterious circumstances there isnt any actual evidence that it even was a murder. Thomas was killed in a one car accident in Oregon shortly after talking to Frank Fertitta, Jr. about testimony Thomas was supposed to give in relation to the Fertitta family's gaming interests. He died before he could give that testimony, and the crash was ruled an accident. Thomas and Fertitta had a long history together, some of which is illustrated in the Nicholas Pilleggi book that spawned the movie Casino. This whole thing went down eerily similar to how the C.I.A and the joint chiefs of staff assassinated J.F.Kennedy. A perfect cover up .

If Thomas was murdered, the execution was perfectly planned and orchestrated. The Fertittas have an uncanny history of avoiding the long arm of the law. Even in the days when many Fertitta family members were known organized crime associates running rackets in Texas they were able to avoid convictions. The family has mastered the art of not getting caught in the act and covering up their transgressions and their past family history. This is usually accomplished by paying the police to look the other way through bribery and extends to judges and officials.

This kind of ruthless criminal genius may just be passed down from generation to generation through genetics, and the latest crop of Fertitta brothers may very well be the most sophisticated and slick businessmen to ever come from the Fertitta bloodline. After all, under their tenure as Zuffa owners they have been able to corner the MMA market and remain on the top of the heap of competing leagues.

The corporate murder of the Japanese based PRIDE organization is still lamented by hard core MMA fans who miss the PRIDE format and unique rules. The UFC would eventually acquire all the PRIDE assets by promising to continue to run and cultivate PRIDE as a going concern. Instead, Zuffa simply dismantled their competition piece by piece. The PRIDE and Xyience cases overlap in some respects, but until now I have devoted little research to the history of PRIDE itself and the deal that resulted in that organizations ultimate death. The gist of the Xyience connection is that the strength of the Xyience sponsorship was touted as one of the justifications for the $350 million financing package related to the PRIDE purchase that was procured by Zuffa. I lay out the whole senior secured credit facility scheme here: XYIENCE: THE ENRON OF MMA.

The Fertittas bought into Xyience just in time to prop it up and make it look viable for the PRIDE financing to go through. It appears to me that the UFCs acquisition of PRIDE was never designed to keep both organizations alive and thriving. The UFC has been steadily losing the most money on overseas shows since it is headquartered in Las Vegas and naturally holds many of its events there or in the continental United States. The logistics and the costs skyrocket when you have to take the whole operation to the other side of the world for a major event. To operate PRIDE in Japan would have been a logistical nightmare for the Fertittas without relying heavily on those already running the company there. Its pretty obvious to me that the UFC had this in mind all along when they set about destroying the PRIDE brand after purchasing the company. From what I know about Zuffa and the Fertittas, they dont like working with any other promotion if they dont absolutely have to. So I wonder why would they agree to work with PRIDEs assistance at all.

The Fertittas and Zuffa lawyers made sure all agreements with PRIDEs owners had an easy way out (loophole) . If they could prove a technicality to back out of any contract they signed with PRIDE, it would be a perfect arrangement for them to feign interest in maintaining the league until they could find a way to destroy it. If they intended to work with PRIDE to continue the organization, the agreements they signed would seem to be along those lines. However, if they only intended to lie to PRIDE officials just long enough to acquire the company and all the assets, the language and the fine print of those agreements would be naturally written with escape clauses.

The covenants of the $350 million senior secured credit facility Zuffa used to buy PRIDE and its assets may contain some hints to this scandal if they are ever made public or acquired by PRIDEs legal team. If the Fertittas indeed intended to cultivate the PRIDE brand according to their promises to PRIDE officials, those covenants should say something about that business plan.

Not surprisingly, Zuffas defense was a good offense, as they filed the first legal bullet against Pride in this ongoing saga. Reports first surfaced about the lawsuit in early February of 2008. The suit claimed that Zuffas bargain basement PRIDE buyout was nothing of the sort and that the UFC was actually the victim in the whole deal. This Sherdog article describes how the initially rosy PRIDE/UFC conglomeration developed and then dissolved into litigation over the course of about a year after the UFC bought the league.

The UFC suit focused on background checks supposedly required on the PRIDE deal due to the Fertitta connection to Station Casinos and the Nevada Gaming Commission. This is a puzzling since naturally the Fertittas have to keep their gaming interests and the UFC operations wholly separate from each other. For instance, UFC bets are not taken at Station Casinos properties, and UFC events are not held at any Station Casinos property. Also, it doesnt appear any background checks were done on some of the individuals associated with the Xyience bankruptcy and my initial Xyience reports.

PRIDEs legal team responded with a countersuit. They just filed this amended counterclaim pleading that describes a devious plan to allegedly kill PRIDE voiced by none other than Dana White himself. PRIDE contends that Zuffa officials breached their contracts and pumped up the glorified tabloid stories of PRIDEs associations with Yakuza crime families in Japan that were printed in a Japanese publication called Shukan Gendai. The publication is no stranger to stirring worldwide scandal and regularly publishes controversial nude photos.

The magazine is probably best known outside Japan for its role in the scandal which led to Romanian gymnasts Corina Ungureanu, Lavinia Milosovici and Claudia Presecan being banned from competing or coaching in their home country for five years, as it was the first to publish images from their nude photobook and DVDs, which controversially featured the gymnasts wearing their official leotards.

Considering the 90% owners of the UFC come from a long line of notorious made men these Yakuza allegations against Dream Stage Entertainment owners are a bit hypocritical. They played the character assasination card here against Pride , first attacking their integrity and later disasembling the company.

A hard look must be taken at the Senior Secured Credit Facility which was used to buy PRIDE and allow the principal Zuffa owners to pocket huge dividends. These same loan instruments on a much larger scale were taken out by Station Casinos in amounts of nearly a billion dollars in each instance over the last few years, which obviously resulted in a lot of overhead costs and interest payments combined with a ton of debt that crash landed and exploded due to the ongoing recession. The Fertittas went about a campaign of ruthless and relentless acquisitions and expansion to get themselves in their current Station Casinos situation, and they pinballed the company from Public to Private status to find a way to make the whole thing appear profitable despite the billions in debt they were in officially.

Suddenly they have $244 million in the pocket of an old pair of jeans to throw into reorganizing Station Casinos, but they couldnt revamp PRIDE when that organization showed signs that the going may be difficult? It doesnt seem plausible when considering the less than $70 million cost of PRIDE compared to the dividends pocketed by Dana White and the Fertittas through that $350 million credit facility that paid for PRIDE. That instrument could have and should have given all of Zuffas owners enough money to solve any looming problem with promoting and re-creating the PRIDE brand in their image. That is, IF they ever actually intended to keep PRIDE in operation.

Of course, there is not really any dispute as to who murdered PRIDE. The UFC terminated the league without a doubt, and the blood of PRIDE is certainly all over their hands.

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