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New England News
12:28 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Massachusetts Gaming Commission To Hold Final Public Hearing On MGM Springfield Casino

MGM Springfield President Mike Mathis addressed the Massachusetts Gaming Commission during a public hearing in Springfield April 1, 2014
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The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is scheduled to hold a final public hearing in Springfield today on the casino proposed by MGM.   It is a last chance for commissioners to gauge public sentiment before completing a lengthy evaluation of the sole resort casino applicant in western Massachusetts.

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New England News
6:17 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Impartiality Questioned Of Some Players In Massachusetts Casino Scene

Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby who has recused himself from the decision on awarding a casino license in eastern Massachusetts.

Questions about ethics and possible conflicts of interest are clouding the effort to bring casino gambling to Massachusetts.  There are calls for the chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to step down, and questions about the impartiality of a justice who will help decide if voters get a say on the fate of casinos.

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New England News
6:21 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Arbitration Awards For Casino Impacts Upheld

An artist's rendering of MGM's proposed resort casino in downtown Springfield,MA
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Two western Massachusetts communities that went through an arbitration process to obtain payments intended to offset the impacts of a casino in Springfield appear to have done better financially than municipalities that accepted offers from casino giant MGM Resorts.

   Longmeadow and West Springfield went to arbitration with MGM after failing to reach negotiated settlements with the casino company by an end-of- March deadline established by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.  By then MGM had reached surrounding community agreements with six other municipalities.

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New England News
12:16 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Anti-Casino Activist Says MGM's License Delay Request Is Evidence Of Eroding Public Support

After a two-year battle that left MGM Resorts International as the last competitor standing to build a resort casino in western Massachusetts, the entertainment giant now wants to delay the ultimate prize—a Massachusetts casino license.   A leading anti-casino advocate says it’s a sign MGM is nervous about the prospect Massachusetts voters could repeal casino gambling in a statewide referendum.

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New England News
6:39 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Progress Reported On Casino Impact Research Project

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Thousands of Massachusetts residents are being surveyed as part of multi-year, multi-million dollar research project on the social and economic impacts of introducing casino gambling to the state.

The members of the UMass Amherst led research team say initial results will be reported to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission in September. These findings will be the baseline that will be used to measure changes in problem gambling, domestic violence, housing prices and a host of other socio-economic factors as casinos open over the next one to three years.

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New England News
6:10 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Massachusetts Casino Licensing Pace Gives Gambling Opponents A Window

The effort to bring casino gambling to Massachusetts,which began almost two-and-a-half years ago, has hit some speed bumps along the way.  Gambling opponents believe they still have a chance to shut down the fledgling industry in Massachusetts.

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New England News
12:29 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Gambling Commissioners Hear Pros, Cons Of MGM Springfield Casino

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Supporters and opponents of MGM’s $800 million casino project in Springfield had a final chance last night to sound-off in front of Massachusetts gaming industry regulators.  The state gaming commission held a final public hearing in Springfield as it prepares to award the lone casino license in western Massachusetts where MGM Springfield is the only applicant.

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New England News
1:12 am
Sat March 15, 2014

Penn National To Begin Work On Mass. Slots Parlor

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Construction is set to begin on the first major gambling facility in Massachusetts. On Friday, Penn National Gaming held a groundbreaking ceremony for a $225 million slots parlor at the Plainridge harness race track in Plainville.

Plainridge Park Casino is slated to open next spring.

Penn National was awarded the state's only slots parlor license last month by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

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New England News
6:20 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Gambling Industry Advances In Massachusetts

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The effort to bring Las Vegas-style gambling to Massachusetts hit a milestone today when regulators awarded the first casino license.  The Massachusetts Gaming Commission awarded a license to Penn National Gaming to operate a slot machine parlor at a harness race  track in Plainville on the Rhode Island border.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Clyde Barrow, a professor of public policy at UMass Dartmouth, who specializes in the gaming industry.

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New England News
12:18 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Harness Racetrack Gets Nod For First Massachusetts Casino

A harness racing track has been chosen by Massachusetts gambling regulators as the site of the state’s first casino.  If all goes according to schedule, the casino that will have up to 1,250 slot machines, but no table games, will open just over a year from now.

       The Massachusetts Gaming Commission, in the most significant decision of its two years in existence, voted 3-2 on Thursday to offer a license to Penn National Gaming to operate a slot machine parlor at the Plainridge harness racetrack.  The track is in Plainville on the Rhode Island border.

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