MGM Brings Concerns Over Mohegan-Mashantucket Pequot Venture To Congress
Kenneth R. GosselinProperty Line
MGM Resorts International, the developer of the $950 million casino and entertainment complex in Springfield, has opened another front in its battle against a jointly run tribal casino in the Hartford area — this time in the U.S. Congress.
In a June 1 letter obtained by The Courant, the National Indian Gaming Association wrote to key members of Congress on MGM's efforts to seek legislation that would stop Indian tribes from pursuing commercial gaming off reservations.
"Our understanding is that MGM is pursuing this legislation in reaction to a joint venture between the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes that would present competition to MGM's proposed gaming facility in Springfield, Mass.," according to a letter, sent to leaders of the Senate's Committee on Indian Affairs.
The Connecticut tribes, which operate Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos, have formed a joint venture to operate a "satellite" casino in the Hartford area. The state legislature has approved the search for a location, but still must back the actual expansion of gaming off the tribes' southeastern Connecticut reservations.