I’ve always thought it was lazy to just promote someone else’s post in place of mine, but today is the exception.
While reading the morning paper, I came upon David Collins’s article in The Day.
(standing up, clapping, and getting a strange look from my wife)
David Collins is Genius. Bravo! Bravo!
What was I excited about? His OpEd on the recent MGM bomb dropped on Connecticut concerning a casino in Bridgeport. After yesterday’s NETG post MGM Bridgeport Casino – All The Angles, explaining the many considerations and connections involved with a Bridgeport Casino in CT, I was wondering if I was objective enough, or maybe too objective.
David Collins, New London Day Columnist
Then David Collins comes along today and says so articulately what many of us think in MGM’s meddling in CT’s affairs.
THIS IS A MUST READ.
So, without further ado, click on this post by David Collins.
MGM continues to pursue it’s litigation with the State of Connecticut concerning a third casino, saying it “… is the result of an illegal and unfair gaming act…” according to the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. Essentially, the 14th amendment addresses “Equal justice under law” and mostly refers to states rights against discrimination. According to MGM, this includes the discrimination of commercial competition. When Foxwoods & Mohegan Sun were allowed to agree to a casino outside their tribal lands, should they have opened it up to the industry?
YES, I say! Take a page out of Massachusetts playbook, as follows:
Step 1 – Charge anyone interested the $400,000 application fee.
Step 2 – Quickly set up voting for community endorsements.
Step 3 – Whittle away those that Connecticut thinks are not in it’s best interest.
Step 4 – Pick the casino that they had in mind all along – like Massachusetts did with MGM Springfield & Wynn Everett.
Then everybody’s happy, right? The process is done – the result is the same.
Basically, MGM is saying this pact denies other industry interests to build a casino in the Nutmeg state. In 2006, MGM was looking to increase its brand recognition on the East Coast, and partnered in a relationship with Foxwoods. The MGM tower in 2008 at a cost of $700 million.
Fox Tower at Foxwoods – Originally the MGM Casino & Tower.
In 2008, MGM pulled out of its partnership. According to then MGM spokeman Clark Dumont, MGM wanted to “avoid confusing consumers as it pursues a bid to build its own casino Springfield, Mass. So, what is so different now? If MGM is truly concerned for the state’s residents and rights of further casino industry commerce, wouldn’t a MGM casino built in CT now “confuse consumers?”
Of course. This legal strategy IS not only to confuse consumers, but DRAG out the beginning of Connecticut casino threat to MGM Springfield, and GAIN time for it’s already late opening in 2018.
Hypocrites – hiding their real intentions behind a smoke screen of the constitution for their own selfishness. Their presence in CT with the Foxwoods partnership wasn’t good enough in 2008 – why do they want a chance now?
They really don’t! They are scared that the CT satellite casino on the border will spoil their party – because the mighty MGM wants the ONLY party. Hey MGM, have you noticed what’s happening west in New York State?