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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
6:21 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
12:26 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Massachusetts' Highest Court Hears Arguments On Casino Repeal Referendum

The fate of casino gambling in Massachusetts may hinge on a case that was argued before the justices of the state’s highest court in Boston this morning.

       The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court heard an hour of oral arguments Monday morning on whether a question should be allowed on the November ballot asking voters if the 2011 law that opened the state to Las Vegas-style gambling should be repealed.

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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
6:10 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
8:31 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Springfield Holds Hearing For Residents Regarding New Casino

The Massachusetts state gambling commission is headed to Springfield to hear from residents and local officials about MGM Resorts' plan to build an $800 million resort casino.

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New England News
6:24 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Potential Referendum Battle Looms Over Massachusetts Casinos

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As Massachusetts moves closer to issuing the state’s first casino licenses a potential referendum battle is looming.

       Anti-casino leaders are busy developing a campaign strategy to persuade Massachusetts voters to repeal the state’s 2011 gaming law that authorized casino gambling. Steve Abdow, a member of the leadership team of the Repeal the Casino Deal ballot initiative said the message will be pretty straightforward.

       " It's really a matter of education. If people understand the negative impact and that the casinos won't deliver what is promised."

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New England News
6:15 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Communities Petition Gaming Commission For Casino Mitigation

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The Massachusetts Gaming Commission heard today from three western Massachusetts municipalities that want to be designated as surrounding communities to a casino development. A surrounding community is entitled to negotiate with a casino operator for compensation for traffic and other impacts.

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New England News
12:18 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Gaming Commission Begins Review Of Casino Projects

An artist's rendering of MGM Resorts proposed casino in Springfield, MA
Credit MGM Springfield

The lengthy process to bring casino gambling to Massachusetts has entered a final phase. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission will spend the next few months carefully evaluating projects before coming to a decision on issuing licenses.  Supporters of the MGM casino project in Springfield are already anticipating a groundbreaking.

MGM Resorts International is the only applicant for the lone casino license in western Massachusetts, but Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby says the five-member commission is not obligated to award the license to MGM.

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