Connecticut tribes reopen casino application process

MGM Springfield calls the casino siting process "a sham!"

Massachusetts Gambling

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The two tribes seeking to build a third Connecticut casino have reopened the application process for host city locations.

Mohegan Sun and Mashantucket Pequot Spokesman Andrew Doba told 22News the tribes reopened the application process because some current applicants changed their proposals.

Now, cities and towns that missed the original application deadline can apply again. The tribes will take new applications until October 15th.


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MGM Resorts Executive Vice President Allan Feldman sent 22News the following statement regarding the application process:

This isn’t a process – it’s a sham.  It is being run by MMCT, not the state, and MMCT is running it for its own purposes.  Deadlines are set, then they’re missed.  Towns are added, then subtracted.  Unrealistic job numbers are created out of thin air, then thrown around with impunity.  We’re told this is a ‘satellite casino,’ then when information is pried loose we see renderings of a casino larger than anything in Las Vegas.  A ‘process’ like this is exactly how you end up with a baseball stadium that is unfinished, empty, and tens of millions of dollars over budget.

We continue to believe, strongly, that this so-called ‘process’ needs to be scrapped, and that a real process needs to be put in place.  The General Assembly needs to create one that is open, transparent, fair, reliable and competitive.  Public policy run by a private entity, made in secret, behind closed doors is a recipe for disaster.

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