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The timing means that consumers will be able to place bets for Week 5 of the NFL season, as well as on other sports.
“Modernizing our gaming industry will help protect and create Connecticut jobs, and it will generate tax revenues to the benefit of both state and local municipal budgets, as well as our tribe’s member,” said James Gessner Jr., chairman of the Mohegan Tribal Council, which operates Mohegan Sun.
As for Sportech’s threatened lawsuit over being initially left out of the state’s sports-betting picture, the company is now willing to let bygones be bygones.
In addition, Sportech will offer sports betting at 10 of its current OTB locations, including Bobby V’s in Stamford.
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."
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.
“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.”
“It’s a matter of replacing these three locations with new places that fit the 21st century,” Taylor said, referring to the company’s locations in New Haven and Hartford. “Absolutely we think Bridgeport will be a part of that – we’ve been looking there for some time.”
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.
Sportech, which operates the gaming operations at the Stamford sports bar, said its online and mobile sites remain open, and telephone betting will also continue to be available.
But a spokesman for Gov. Ned Lamont said the proposed bill "falls short of what the governor wants for Bridgeport."
It's the latest piece in the expanding Bobby V. empire, which includes a pair of Stamford facilities and a film production company whose latest project is "The Greatest Beer Run Ever."
Sportech Venues, which has exclusive licensing rights to OTB in Connecticut, has been working for about a year to open a gambling facility at Two Steps Downtown Grille.
Danbury's City Council is expected to deliver its verdict as early as next month.
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