Three towns to state their case in front of the Gaming Commission

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Three towns trying to get money from MGM will get to state their case in front of the Gaming Commission on Tuesday.

Northampton, Hampden and Longmeadow will each have 15 minutes to try and convince the gaming commission to designate them surrounding communities. MGM will then have a chance to respond.

The Eastern States Exposition and Majestic Theater in West Springfield will also present their case to be designated as an Impacted Live Entertainment Venue.

The gaming commission is expected to make a decision on February 6th. If a town is designated, the two sides will go into arbitration if they cannot negotiate a deal on their own.

MGM has already reached surrounding community agreements with Ludlow, Wilbraham, Chicopee, Agawam, East Longmeadow and Holyoke. MGM has also designated West Springfield as a surrounding community, but they have not yet reached an agreement.

MGM has also designated the Hanover Theater as an impacted live entertainment venue since Friday, but no agreement has been reached, according to the Gaming Commission status of applicants.

Each town’s petition and MGM’s response are below:

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