HARTFORD, Conn. (WWLP) – 22News has brought you continuing coverage on the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes joining forces to create a third Connecticut casino, which would compete with MGM’s casino in Springfield.
MGM says that’s unconstitutional, and that Connecticut is violating “MGM’s rights and the public’s trust by granting the Tribes special, anti-competitive set-asides”; because no one else can bid against the tribes.
MGM is saying they could be interested in building a casino more than the required 50 miles from Springfield – in a place like Bridgeport, perhaps – but this special legislation passed in Connecticut wouldn’t let them.
When asked how they’re addressing the initial lawsuit, Mohegan chair Kevin Brown said they and the Mashantucket Pequot tribe are focusing on their third casino project. “It’s not ours to address. That’s the short answer to that question. That is a question for the state and the legislature to come to grips with.”
The tribes are accepting proposals in Connecticut until November 6th, and will make a site decision by December 15th.
MGM ended their statement by saying they are “the right party to fight the Act…and will continue to aggressively assert its constitutional right to open and fair competition.”