Department of Interior approves amendments to East Windsor casino project

Department of Interior approves amendments to East Windsor casino project


22NEWS AT 10. I’M CIARA SPELLER. CIARA: MOHEGAN SUN AND FOXWOODS HAVE BEEN CLEARED TO BEGIN CONSTRUCTION ON A COMBINED TRIBAL CASINO IN EAST WINDSOR. ANC: 22NEWS REPORTER HAYLEY CROMBLEHOLME JOINS US LIVE WITH WHAT THIS COULD MEAN FOR MGM. REPORTER: MGM INTERNATIONAL SAID THEY’LL CONTINUE TO EXPLORE THEIR LEGAL OPTIONS TO TRY AND COMPETE TO OPEN A CASINO IN CONNECTICUT, BUT BRIDGEPORT IS THE LOCATION THEY’RE AFTER. THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR THIS WEEK APPROVED PAPERWORK THAT WILL ALLOW THE MOHEGAN AND MASHANTUCKET PEQUOT TRIBES THE GREEN LIGHT TO BEGIN CONSTRUCTION ON THE “TRIBAL WINDS CASINO” IN EAST WINDSOR, JUST 20 MINUTES FROM MGM SPRINGFIELD. ONE MASSACHUSETTS RESIDENT SAID THE COMPETITION FROM MORE CASINOS COULD BENEFIT THE CUSTOMER “I FEEL LIKE IF THERE IS A COMPETITION BETWEEN DIFFERENT CASINOS, I THINK MORE CUSTOMERS ARE GOING TO WANT TO GO TO THE ONE WITH MORE ENTERTAINMENT, MORE LIVELY TYPE OF DEAL” MOHEGAN SUN HAS SAID MGM’S OPENING HURT THEIR REVENUES. THE TRIBAL WINDS CASINO, A JOINT VENTURE BETWEEN THE TRIBES THAT OWN MOHEGAN SUN AND FOXWOODS, IS AN EFFORT TO KEEP JOBS AND MONEY IN CONNECTICUT. BUT MGM INTERNATIONAL SAID THEY WANT THE OPPORTUNITY TO COMPETE FOR CONTRACTS IN CONNECTICUT, WHILE THE TRIBES MAINTAIN THAT THEIR AGREEMENTS WITH THE STATE MEAN THEY HAVE EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS TO OPERATE THERE. MGM INTERNATIONAL SAID THIS “NO-BID APPROACH” LEAVES CONNECTICUT OPEN TO LAWSUITS. “I THINK IT’S GONNA WORK OUT. I THINK AS LONG AS THEY’RE MAKING MONEY AND THE BUSINESS IS STILL GOING, GO TO LAWSUITS. “I THINK IT’S GONNA WORK OUT. I THINK AS LONG AS THEY’RE MAKING MONEY AND THE BUSINESS IS STILL GOING, GO RIGHT AHEAD” MGM WANTS TO OPEN A CASINO IN BRIDGEPORT CONNECTICUT, AND LAWMAKERS IN CONNECTICUT HAVE FILED LEGISLATION TO TRY AND CREATE AN OPEN BIDDING PROCESS FOR CASINOS IN THE STATE. REPORTER: TRIBAL WINDS IN EAST WINDSOR WOULD BE THE STATE’S FIRST CASINO OFF TRIBAL LAND. IN SPRINGFIELD HC 22NEWS

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