MGM moving forward with plans for Connecticut casino

MGM moving forward with plans for Connecticut casino


JODI REED 22NEWS ASHLEY: A FEDERAL JUDGE HAS DEALT A SIGNIFICANT BLOW TO THE ABILITY OF THE CONNECTICUT TRIBES TO BUILD A CASINO IN EAST WINDSOR. 22NEWS REPORTER TAYLOR KNIGHT FOUND OUT IF THIS AFFECTS M-G-M, AND ITS PLANS TO BUILD A CASINO ELSEWHERE IN CONNECTICUT. PLANS FOR THE CONNECTICUT TRIBES TO BUILD A JOINT CASINO IN EAST WINDSOR, CONNECTICUT HAVE BEEN BLOCKED INDEFINITELY. THE PROJECT REQUIRED AMENDMENTS TO THE TRIBES’ FEDERAL GAMBLING PROCEDURES THAT WOULD ALLOW FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A CASINO OFF OF TRIBAL RESERVATION LAND. WHEN THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR DIDN’T GRANT THOSE AMENDMENTS, THE MASHANTUCKET PEQUOTS, WHO OWN FOXWOODS, JOINED FORCES WITH THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT AND SUED. ON SATURDAY, A JUDGE DISMISSED THAT LAWSUIT. DEREK HICKSON, SPRINGFIELD I THINK IT WILL DEFINITELY BENEFIT MGM. RICHARD BRAICA, WEST SPRINGFIELD IT SHOULD BRING IN MORE BUSINESS WITH THE CASINO NOT IN CONNECTICUT. TAYLOR KNIGHT THE PROPOSED EAST WINDSOR CASINO IS DOWN 91-SOUTH ABOUT 12 MILES AWAY. MGM SPRINGFIELD SAID THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN A COMPETITIVE DISADVANTAGE, MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL TOLD 22NEWS THAT CONNECTICUT’S BEST WAY FORWARD IS TO “PASS LEGISLATION CALLING FOR COMPETITIVE BIDS ON ANY NEW COMMERCIAL CASINO.” MGM SAID IT’S READY TO “PARTICIPATE IN THAT PROCESS” AS IT MOVES FORWARD WITH PLANS FOR A CASINO IN BRIDGEPORT, CT. A SPOKEPERSON FOR FOXWOODS CASINO SAID THEY ARE DISAPPOINTED IN THE COURT’S RULING, AND REVIEWING THEIR OPTIONS. MGM WAS GRANTED THE RIGHT TO INTERVENE IF AN APPEAL IS MADE REGARDING THE EAST WINDSOR CASINO. IN SPRINGFIELD TK 22NEWS.

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