gaming http://wamc.org en Schilling Taking Leave of Absence from ESPN http://wamc.org/post/schilling-taking-leave-absence-espn <p>Curt Schilling is taking a leave of absence from his job as an analyst for ESPN after his video gaming company filed for bankruptcy.</p><p>ESPN spokesman Mike Soltys says on Twitter that the network and retired pitcher &quot;mutually agreed&quot; to the leave as he works through &quot;his business issues.&quot; He says Schilling is expected to return to the air later this season.</p><p>Schilling&#39;s 38 Studios filed for bankruptcy June 7. Federal and state authorities launched probes into the studios, which received a $75 million loan guarantee deal from the state of Rhode Island.</p> Mon, 18 Jun 2012 11:34:20 +0000 41230 at http://wamc.org Schilling Taking Leave of Absence from ESPN RI Governor Taps Three for Economic Development Agency http://wamc.org/post/ri-governor-taps-three-economic-development-agency <p>Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee has tapped three new leaders for the state&#39;s Economic Development Corp. to replace board members who resigned following questions about state support of Curt Schilling&#39;s troubled video game company.</p><p>Chafee on Thursday nominated Marcia Blount, Pablo Rodriguez and Alison Vareika to the EDC board. The appointments are subject to Senate confirmation.</p><p>The nominees would replace Helena Foulkes, Lynn Singleton and Stephen Lane, who recently resigned.</p> Fri, 01 Jun 2012 11:26:11 +0000 40215 at http://wamc.org RI Governor Taps Three for Economic Development Agency RI Agency Vice Chair Resigns amid Schilling Mess http://wamc.org/post/ri-agency-vice-chair-resigns-amid-schilling-mess <p>The vice chairwoman of Rhode Island&rsquo;s economic development agency has resigned, becoming the second official there to step down as the agency grapples with the future of former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling&#39;s troubled video gaming company. WAMC&rsquo;s Lucas Willard reports&hellip;</p><p>Economic Development Corp. Vice Chairwoman Helena Foulkes said in a statement Thursday she spoke with Governor Lincoln Chafee and that thinks it&#39;s best that she resign.</p><p>She said she wished him luck &quot;in this very difficult challenge.&quot;</p> Fri, 25 May 2012 12:08:14 +0000 Lucas Willard 39749 at http://wamc.org RI Agency Vice Chair Resigns amid Schilling Mess RI Governor Says Schilling Company's Woes A "Tragedy" http://wamc.org/post/ri-governor-says-schilling-companys-woes-tragedy <p><span id="_oneup">Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee says the troubles facing Curt Schilling&#39;s video game company represent a &quot;tragedy&quot; for the state.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup">Chafee briefed reporters Wednesday on efforts to help 38 Studios survive and prevent the state from having to pay its debts.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup">Chafee says he&#39;s frustrated by the company&#39;s failure to provide information on its finances. He says he knows the company has laid off employees.</span></p> Thu, 24 May 2012 12:03:20 +0000 39671 at http://wamc.org RI Governor Says Schilling Company's Woes A "Tragedy" MA Group to Host Symposium on Problem Gambling http://wamc.org/post/ma-group-host-symposium-problem-gambling <p>The Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling will host a symposium on problem gambling to discuss whether western Massachusetts is prepared to deal with expanded gambling.</p><p>The council is preparing communities to address problems associated with gambling as the state awaits the arrival of casinos after legislation was passed to expand gambling in the state. The prevention, intervention and treatment of problem gambling will be discussed.</p> Mon, 21 May 2012 11:21:44 +0000 Tristan O'Neill 39399 at http://wamc.org MA Group to Host Symposium on Problem Gambling Plans for MA Casino near Patriots' Home Halted http://wamc.org/post/plans-ma-casino-near-patriots-home-halted <p>Plans to bring a $1 billion resort-style casino proposed by Las Vegas casino developer Steve Wynn to the New England Patriots&#39; hometown have been suspended.&nbsp; WAMC&rsquo;s Tristan O&rsquo;Neill reports&hellip;</p><p>Tuesday&#39;s announcement from The Kraft Group and Wynn Resorts came after Foxborough voters elected two selectmen who opposed negotiations with Wynn.</p><p>He had planned to build the resort on land leased from Patriots owner Robert Kraft.</p> Wed, 09 May 2012 11:55:17 +0000 Tristan O'Neill 38592 at http://wamc.org Plans for MA Casino near Patriots' Home Halted MA Casino Panel Weighs Pre-Qualification Plan http://wamc.org/post/ma-casino-panel-weighs-pre-qualification-plan <p>The panel overseeing the Massachusetts&rsquo; new gambling law is weighing a plan to pre-qualify potential casino developers in the state. WAMC&rsquo;s Lucas Willard reports&hellip;</p><p>Under the proposal discussed by the Gaming Commission on Tuesday, a would-be developer would have to demonstrate that it has sufficient financial backing and a track record in the gaming industry before it can begin negotiations with a host community.</p><p>A spokeswoman for the five-member commission said the panel would study the idea further before deciding whether to adopt it.</p> Wed, 02 May 2012 11:04:50 +0000 Lucas Willard 38078 at http://wamc.org MA Casino Panel Weighs Pre-Qualification Plan Foxwoods CEO: Competition May Spur Online Gambling http://wamc.org/post/foxwoods-ceo-competition-may-spur-online-gambling <p>The chief executive of Foxwoods Resort Casino says rising competition is forcing the Indian-run casino in eastern Connecticut to consider online gambling and other changes. WAMC&rsquo;s Lucas Willard has more&hellip;</p><p>Scott Butera, CEO of Foxwoods, in a web-based discussion Thursday with The Day of New London, said supply in the casino business is clearly outpacing demand. Gambling has been legalized in Massachusetts and casinos in New York are taking a greater share of the market.</p><p>He said he expects additional venues and online gambling to be a part of Foxwoods&#39; future.</p> Fri, 20 Apr 2012 11:48:19 +0000 Lucas Willard 37236 at http://wamc.org Foxwoods CEO: Competition May Spur Online Gambling MA Gaming Panel Hoping to Delay Key Deadline http://wamc.org/post/ma-gaming-panel-hoping-delay-key-deadline <p>The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is pressing lawmakers to push back a key deadline by as much of a year, saying taking over the duties of the state racing commission will make it harder to get new casinos up and running.&nbsp; WAMC&#39;s Tristan O&rsquo;Neill reports&hellip;</p><p>Commission chairman Steven Crosby said the panel will meet the May 20 deadline if needed, but said delaying the takeover makes more sense.</p> Wed, 18 Apr 2012 11:40:57 +0000 Tristan O'Neill 37047 at http://wamc.org MA Gaming Panel Hoping to Delay Key Deadline MA Casino Commission Schedules First Meeting http://wamc.org/post/ma-casino-commission-schedules-first-meeting <p>The state&#39;s new casino commission is planning its first public meeting as it gears up to tackle the task over overseeing the massive new gambling industry envisioned by the 2011 casino law.&nbsp; WAMC&#39;s Tristan O&#39;Neill reports...<br /><br />The five-member Massachusetts Gaming Commission will hold the meeting tomorrow on the third floor of the campus center at the University of Massachusetts-Boston.<br /><br />The commission&#39;s chairman is Stephen Crosby, who worked most recently as dean of the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at UMass-Boston. Mon, 09 Apr 2012 12:59:04 +0000 Tristan O'Neill 36416 at http://wamc.org MA Casino Commission Schedules First Meeting