Mohegan Sun’s future in Palmer 6pm

Mohegan Sun’s future in Palmer 6pm


OUR TEAM CASINO COVERAGE
CONTINUES. 22NEWS REPORTER RYAN
WALSH WENT TO MOHEGAN SUN IN
CONNECTICUT TO FIND OUT IF THE
CASINO DEVELOPER IS STILL
COMMITTED TO PALMER.
SO IS MOHEGAN SUN GOING TO PAY
THAT $400,000 FEE TO THE STATE
GAMING COMMISSION? AND IF SO,
WHEN? I ASKED THOSE QUESTIONS TO
MOHEGAN TRIBAL GAMING AUTHORITY
CEO MITCHELL ETESS.
IT’S FUNNY BECAUSE PEOPLE SAY
THAT IT SHOWS COMMITTMENT. I
DON’T THINK ANYONE HAS SHOWN
MORE COMMITTMENT TO WESTERN
MASSACHUSETTS GAMING THAN WE
HAVE OVER THE YEARS. IN THIS
CURRENT ROUND OF CASINO TALKS.
MOHEGAN SUN WAS THE FIRST CASINO
DEVELOPER TO EXPRESS AN INTEREST
IN BUILDING IN WESTERN
MASSACHUSETTS. NOW IT IS
COMPETING WITH MGM, AMERISTAR
AND POSSIBLY PENN NATIONAL AND
HARD ROCK CASINOS. ONLY MGM HAS
PAID THE STATE THE NON-
REFUNDABLE $400,000 APPLICATION
FEE.
IF THERE’S GOING TO BE A CASINO
IN WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS, WE
WOULD LIKE TO HAVE IT.
OBVIOUSLY A LOT OF OTHER PEOPLE
DO, IT’S NOT LIKE WE’RE THE
ONLY PEOPLE IN WESTERN
MASSACHUSETTS AT THE BEGINNING
WE WERE, NOW ITS KIND OF LIKE A
FEEDING FRENZY.
WHEN DO YOU PLAN ON PUTTING DOWN
THAT $400,000?
OUR PLAN IS TO PUT IN A COMPLETE
RA-1 APPLICATION AND WHEN THAT
HAPPENS WE WILL PUT OUR $400,000
IN.
SO 100 PERCENT YOU’RE BE
FULFILLING THAT APPLICATION AND
PUTTING DOWN THAT MONEY AT SOME
POINT?
WE ARE PURSUING A LICENSE IN
WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS
AT MOHEGAN SUN IN CONNECTICUT,
RYAN WALSH, 22NEWS.

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