MGM suggesting casino in southern Connecticut

Mohegan, Mashantucket Pequot tribes want casino north of Hartford

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – MGM’s battle with Connecticut lawmakers is continuing, as the company is expressing interest in building a casino of its own in that state.

Just this week, MGM President Bill Hornbuckle was in Springfield to reiterate the company’s commitment to the resort casino project in the city’s South End. In recent weeks the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Tribes began working together to try and build a casino in northern Connecticut to compete with MGM Springfield.  MGM filed legal paperwork Tuesday, MGM noted how Bridgeport, Connecticut was a possible site for a casino in the 1990s.

Over the summer, MGM filed suit against Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy and other top state leaders, saying a law they created to allow a third casino in the state was unconstitutional, and excluded MGM and other casino companies from bidding. Connecticut responded to MGM’s most recent actions by pointing out that MGM’s Massachusetts gaming license restricts them from building another casino within 50 miles of Springfield.

Bridgeport is about 80 miles from MGM Springfield’s South End casino site.

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