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“It’s been quite a ride,” says Jason Guyot. “Business levels still haven’t picked up to where they were pre-pandemic, and we’re still off on the revenue side.”
Sportech, which operates Bobby V's in Stamford, believes that "courts will hold that this bill violates the equal protection clauses of the United States and Connecticut Constitutions, and the emoluments clause of the state Constitution."
Sports betting could be legalized in time for the NFL season, which is scheduled to begin on Sept. 9.
Terms include a new retail sports betting venue in Bridgeport, but the tribes' plans to build a casino in East Windsor are off the table.
The lifelong Connecticut resident began his career at Foxwoods in 2003.
In addition to its Uncasville facility, Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment's properties include the Inspire Entertainment Resort in Seoul.
It is Foxwoods' first foray outside of the continental U.S.
With the first phase of Connecticut’s three-phased approach to reopening achieved today, Gov. Ned Lamont and his administration are turning their attention to June 20, when a host of other businesses and services – including hotels, gyms, movie theaters, and some indoor dining at restaurants – are expected to become available.
“We’re just following multiple states in establishing some sports betting in our state," says Rep. Joseph Gresko (D-Stratford). "This way we keep that potential revenue here in the State of Connecticut.”
“Unfortunately, Governor Lamont appears to be saying that the state can either adopt his singular proposal on gaming, or do nothing at all,” Mohegan Chairman James Gessner said.
In its motion, Interior argues that the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act cited by MGM is not relevant to the case because the nations are not looking to build a casino on tribal lands.
“MGM pursues litigation because that's what MGM does,” said Andrew Doba, spokesman for the tribes' MMCT joint venture.
The two federally recognized tribes aren't willing to trade their already approved joint venture in East Windsor for the rights to a Bridgeport casino.