2016 was a good year for the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.
While southeastern Massachusetts still needs to be settled with the litigation against the Mashpee Wampanoags in Taunton, much of the casino turmoil has subsided. Many of the MGC’s implementations have been successful. MGM Springfield is rising up towards completion with every passing day, and Wynn Boston Harbor will be breaking ground shortly since the site in Everett is close to being completely cleaned up.
Here are some of the MGC’s highlights from 2016:
- Over $1, 790,000.00 has been disbursed to 27 cities and towns as part of Community Mitigation Fund
- 31 Issues were raised by patrons through communications to the MGC and addressed
- 155 People have enrolled in Voluntary Self-Exclusion policies to help protect themselves against gambling addictions.
- Over 32 meetings, the MGC has had 23,668 viewers on a live stream and almost 400,000 minutes of video from those meeting viewed.
- 7530 people have enrolled in “Play my Way,” another anti-addiction tool for gamblers to monitor their play amount.
- Harness Racing has continued with $10.4 million in purses paid out.
NETG is giving the MGC under the leadership of Steven Crosby a grade of A-. The expansion of Massachusetts Gaming is still behind, but they continue to look at other avenues, such as online gaming and fantasy sports, to boost revenue. All the while, we feel that Massachusetts is listening to it’s residents and trying to keep them from the problems that many times accompany gambling.
We have given Mr. Crosby and the Massachusetts Gaming Commission some unsympathetic and harsh criticism at times. Today, we tip our hat. Congratulations for a successful 2016.