One would think by now, Massachusetts and Connecticut would have sorted through the issues between them as it pertains to casino gambling. One would be wrong. With another major lawsuit filed by the city of Boston, a slick move by the developer in Springfield and the Connecticut Indian tribes throwing out a ridiculously vague request for proposals for a third casino in the state, things are murkier than ever.
The partnership between the tribes operating casinos in Connecticut—the Mohegans (Mohegan Sun) and the Mashantucket Pequots (Foxwoods)—want to have proposals for a third Connecticut casino by November 6th with a site decision by December 15th.
It seems the process is being expedited, possibly to get a casino in the I-91 corridor before MGM opens its resort in Springfield. MGM is already suing Connecticut over the authorization of a third casino saying basically, it rigged the game so that only the Indian tribes can operate the new project.
MGM has its own problems with its host city Springfield. The company has pulled a luxury hotel from its plan. Some in Springfield think they have been sold a bill of goods; a bait and switch.
Meanwhile, the city of Boston has hit developer Steve Wynn with yet another lawsuit just as it looked like Mayor Marty Walsh and Wynn had begun to thaw their icy relationship. Walsh is standing strong. Wynn is just a little bit upset. He wants to get moving on his project in Everett, just north of Boston.
The Connecticut tribes’ request for proposals is filled with happy language that could be straight out of Donald Trump’s playbook.
It’s going to be a very long time before the competing casinos are up and running.