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“There’s a lot of urgency,” said Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner David Lehman. “It’s really important that we get this done this year.”
Should sports betting, online gambling and the like be considered “casino games”? The tribes behind Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun continue to say they should, while Sportech says they should not.
It is Foxwoods' first foray outside of the continental U.S.
Gov. Lamont tried to get the tribes to jettison the project last year.
Online sports betting was legalized in a 2018 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Senior Vice President of Resort Operations Jason Guyot will serve as interim CEO as a search for John James' permanent replacement gets underway.
Uncertainty over just how much demand there is for more casino gambling in the region was cited as a factor in the decision.
Murren's efforts in Springfield and Yonkers have yet to produce stellar results.
MGM admits that its hopes to siphon loyal Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun gamblers across the border were overly optimistic.
As slots revenue declines, efforts by the tribes to expand across the state face obstacles.
East Windsor leaders say the town could see approximately $8.5 million per year from property taxes and an agreement made with the tribes if the proposed Tribal Winds casino opens.
The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council has tapped John J. James as the new president and CEO of Foxwoods Resort Casino.
"I haven't been able to solve that nut yet," said Lamont on the feud between MGM Resorts International and the tribes.
One would establish an open-bidding process for a new casino – most likely in Bridgeport – while the other would ease the way for the construction of a tribes-operated casino in East Windsor.
"We should not settle for anything short of the best deal possible," said Rep. Christopher Rosario, a co-sponsor of the bill.
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