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Governor issues order to further limit large gatherings as number of positive cases grows to 20

As the number of positive COVID-19 cases in Connecticut grew to 20 Saturday, Gov. Ned Lamont signed a third executive order easing restrictions on a number of government functions in an effort to limit the spread of the virus.

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8/4/2020

article Connecticut Tribal Chairman Questions Sports Betting Delay
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut’s tribal leader Rodney Butler, the chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, says there is no reason why the state should not grant...

8/1/2020

article Connecticut Tribal Chairman Rodney Butler Questions Sports Betting Delay
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut tribal leader Rodney Butler, the chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, says there’s no valid reason as to why the state shouldn...

7/31/2020

article Frustrated Tribal Chairman Wonders “What Are We Waiting For Now?”
(Connecticut) -- Leaving $80 million on the table just hits Rodney Butler wrong on so many levels. But that is exactly what the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation...

7/21/2020

article 3 workers at Mohegan Sun have tested positive for COVID-19
(Connecticut) -- Three employees at Mohegan Sun have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus according to officials. One employee tested positive on July 5. The casino...

7/19/2020

article Jobs in region are recovering; still below March numbers
(Connecticut) -- The current employment situation in the area is “better than expected,” according to Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut President...

7/16/2020

article Casinos report strong revenues after reopening from COVID-19
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut’s two tribal casinos on Wednesday reported strong slot revenues for June, the first month they’ve been partly open since closing...
article Connecticut casinos fare better than expected in June after reopening amid pandemic
(Connecticut) -- Slot machine revenue was down only slightly in June at Connecticut’s two casinos as they reopened after a pandemic-related shutdown and a clash...

7/15/2020

article Conn. casinos report strong revenues after reopening from COVID-19
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut’s two tribal casinos on Wednesday reported strong slot revenues for June, the first month they’ve been partly open since closing...
article Connecticut Tribal Casinos Post Surprisingly Strong June Slot Numbers
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut’s two tribal casinos, Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods, reported strong gross gaming revenue (GGR) from their slot machines in their first...

6/24/2020

article Connecticut’s casinos struggle for a comeback, pinning hopes on pent-up demand for gambling
(Connecticut) -- The Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort casinos pulled in more than $1 million in slot revenue in the final two days of May, a fraction of what they...

6/22/2020

article Casinos started fast, gaming revenues show
(Connecticut) -- In the first two weeks after its June 1 reopening, Mohegan Sun did more business at its slot machines and table games than it did in the same 14-day...

6/18/2020

article Mohegan Sun, Foxwoods returning slowly, for safety and business reasons
(Connecticut) -- Slow and careful is the course at Connecticut’s two huge and highly leveraged entertainment complexes — its pair of eastern casinos —...

6/14/2020

article Tribes reopen casinos amid the coronavirus pandemic, despite state objections
(Connecticut) -- Drivers heading down state roads leading to Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun in Connecticut are greeted by flashing warnings: "Avoid Large...

6/4/2020

article Mystic Marriott laying off 162 employees
(Connecticut) -- Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa has had to lay off 162 employees due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the hotel’s Philadelphia-based...

6/3/2020

article As Mass. waits out COVID-19, casinos in Conn. are open for business
(Connecticut) -- At Foxwoods, interim chief executive Jason Guyot said he believes the worst of the threat has passed, and that the resort’s aggressive cleaning,...

6/1/2020

article 'Gambling With COVID': Connecticut Casinos Show Glimpse Of New Normal Upon Re-Opening
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut’s two casinos are now taking paying customers for the first time in two months. Tribal leadership shuttered the casinos March 18, for...
article 2 Tribal Casinos In Connecticut Roll The Dice And Reopen
(Connecticut) -- Tribal casinos in Connecticut reopening on Monday in defiance of state leadership. They are the latest to make that decision. Two weeks ago, Viejas...
article As Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun reopen, state puts up coronavoirus warnings
(Connecticut) -- Electronic signs warned travelers to two of the world’s largest casinos about COVID-19 on Monday, the first day they partially reopened to the...
article Despite state warning, thousands try their luck at reopened casinos
(Connecticut) -- Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun reopened as planned Monday morning, admitting the general public for the first time since shutting down 11 weeks...
article On opening day Connecticut’s casinos draw modest number of visitors as Lamont warns ‘don’t gamble with your health’
(Connecticut) -- Foxwoods Resort Casino reported 3,000 visitors by mid-afternoon Monday and Mohegan Sun said a “reasonable number” of guests visited on an...
article OP/ED: Local lawmakers ready to assist as casinos reopen
(Connecticut) -- As state senators, we were given the opportunity to tour both the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Tribes' casinos in advance of their Monday, June 1...
article Connecticut tribal casinos open today after VIP soft reopenings over the weekend
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut tribal casinos will open to the public Monday, despite Gov. Ned Lamont’s concerns, who has called the reopening “risky.”...

5/30/2020

article Proceeding with caution: Casinos hit road to recovery
(Connecticut) -- Now that the tribes have wiped down, spaced out and otherwise modified their casinos for reopening in the time of coronavirus, the question remains:...

5/29/2020

article After ‘some progress,’ Lamont signs off on casino reopenings
(Connecticut) -- Gov. Ned Lamont somewhat grudgingly signed off Friday on the casinos’ scheduled reopenings. Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun, set to open to...
article Connecticut casinos to hold ‘soft’ opening this weekend for invite-only guests
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut’s casinos will have soft openings this weekend, opening only to invited guests before officially reopening to the public at 9 a.m....
article Connecticut’s reopening is unlikely to cause a large resurgence in COVID-19 cases, new MIT model says
(Connecticut) -- The lead creator of a newly updated MIT model said Thursday that Connecticut’s reopening is unlikely to cause a major resurgence in COVID-19 cases...
article HEARST EDITORIAL: Casinos could show right path to reopening
(Connecticut) -- Despite urging from the state for a delay, patrons will again be able to visit the casinos in the state’s southeastern corner in coming days....
article Mohegan Sun, Foxwoods set for reopening to general public
(Connecticut) -- The state's two federally recognized tribes are planning “soft” reopenings on Saturday for invited patrons and a partial reopening for...
article Without fanfare, Connecticut’s scaled-back casinos are set to reopen Monday
(Connecticut) -- No grand opening with balloons, confetti and marching bands will herald a scaled-back reset Monday of Connecticut’s two tribal-owned casinos...

5/28/2020

article Chairman shrugs off liquor permit threat as tribe, Lamont remain in standoff over June 1 Foxwoods reopening
(Connecticut) -- With reopening only days away, Gov. Ned Lamont and the two tribes stuck strongly to their positions Thursday about resuming operations at two large...
article Lamont continues to express concerns about casinos reopening June 1
(Connecticut) -- Gov. Ned Lamont continued to express concerns Thursday about plans by Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun to reopen on June 1, saying tribal decisions to close two...
article Senators who urged Lamont to slow reopening support casino plans
(Connecticut) -- Several state senators who urged Gov. Ned Lamont to delay reopening the state now support the tribal casinos’ decision to open their doors June 1...
article Mohegan Sun to open this weekend for private event
(Connecticut) -- Mohegan Sun Casino will be opening earlier than previously announced, for what leadership is calling a private event. According to President and General...
article Mohegan Sun, Foxwoods set to enjoy regional gaming monopoly
(Connecticut) -- When Connecticut’s two tribal casinos reopen on Monday, they may enjoy a rare regional advantage, with the surrounding states of New York,...

5/27/2020

article EDITORIAL: Finding a path to compromise over casino reopening
(Connecticut) -- There are some signs that perhaps Gov. Ned Lamont and the state’s two tribal-run casinos can reach a compromise that would lead to the gaming...
article Gov. Lamont still clashing with Native American tribes over casino reopening at Mohegan Sun, Foxwoods on June 1
(Connecticut) -- With the financial and health stakes at high levels, Gov. Ned Lamont is still clashing with two Native American tribes over their plans to reopen their...
article Smoking, Drinking and 65-Year-Olds: Casinos Open Over Objections (sub req)
(Connecticut) -- Two tribal casinos are flouting the wishes of Connecticut’s governor by picking a reopening date that’s less than a week away, a move that...

5/26/2020

article Gov. Lamont concerned about casinos reopening next week
(Connecticut) -- It’s been nearly a week since the state has partially reopening and on Tuesday, Governor Ned Lamont talked about where the state stands. The state...
article Lamont on reopening CT: So far, so good, but casinos still ‘a concern’
(Connecticut) -- Six days into Phase 1 of reopening the state, the picture in Connecticut is good, at least on an anecdotal basis. So said Gov. Ned Lamont at his daily...
article Lamont wants casinos to defer June 1 reopenings for two weeks
(Connecticut) -- Gov. Ned Lamont said Tuesday he hopes to persuade the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes to push back their scheduled June 1 casino reopenings...
article BLOG: Will Swift Reopening Of Tribal Casinos Sour Online Gambling Negotiations In Connecticut?
(Connecticut) -- In less than a week, the two tribal casinos in Connecticut will reopen against the state government’s express wishes. Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun...

5/25/2020

article Connecticut tribal casinos to start reopening on June 1
(Connecticut) -- Portions of both Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun —owned and operated by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe,...

5/24/2020

article The Real Story: Casino reopening plans
(Connecticut) -- The Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods casinos have been shut down for weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But the owners of both casinos plan to partially reopen...

5/23/2020

article COLUMN: Why not online gambling for Connecticut’s tribes? Drive-in casinos?
(Connecticut) -- I would generally caution against second-guessing and criticizing Gov. Ned Lamont for his fraught decision-making in the midst of this public health...
article With casinos shuttered, unemployment in region soared in April
(Connecticut) -- Norwich Mayor Peter Nystrom was not surprised to learn Friday that his city had the highest unemployment rate in Connecticut last month. With 3,429...

5/22/2020

article Connecticut Casinos to Reopen June 1
(Connecticut) -- Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort Casino both announced June 1 reopening dates with COVID-19 safety guidelines in place. Both properties will maintain...
article Lamont administration demands details from Mohegan Sun, Foxwoods on planned June 1 opening
(Connecticut) -- Gov. Ned Lamont is leaning on Connecticut’s two tribal-owned casinos that are disregarding his opposition as they plan a June 1 opening. The...
article Lamont commissioner seeks details of casino reopening plans
(Connecticut) -- In an apparent escalation of the rift between Gov. Ned Lamont and the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes, Lamont’s consumer protection...

5/21/2020

article Casinos plan June 1 reopening in opposition to Lamont
(Connecticut) -- The state’s tribal casinos announced Wednesday they will partially reopen their facilities on June 1, defying health experts and Gov. Ned Lamont...
article Tribes Open to Suggestions but Still Plan to Reopen Casinos
(Connecticut) -- A modified strategy to partially reopen Foxwoods Resort Casino on June 1 is still moving ahead despite opposition from Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, the...
article Tribes plan to partly open casinos; Lamont opposes the move
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut's two federally recognized tribes on Wednesday announced plans to begin reopening portions of their sprawling Foxwoods Resort Casino and...

5/20/2020

article Connecticut casinos Mohegan Sun, Foxwoods plan to begin reopening from coronavirus shutdown June 1
(Connecticut) -- The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and the Mohegan Tribe announced Wednesday that they will begin reopening their reservations — and their...
article Mohegan Sun, Foxwoods to begin reopening June 1 with safety guidelines in place
(Connecticut) -- On day one of Connecticut's phase one reopening, the state's federally recognized tribes announced they will begin reopening portions of their...
article Mohegan Sun, Foxwoods to open June 1, ignoring opposition from Gov. Ned Lamont who calls move ‘incredibly risky’
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut’s two tribal-owned casinos said Wednesday they will open portions of their entertainment complexes June 1 despite opposition from Gov...
article Tribal casinos to defy Lamont and open June 1
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut’s two sovereign tribal nations said Wednesday they will open Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun on June 1 over the strenuous...
article Tribes say they’ll start phased reopening of casinos June 1
(Connecticut) -- Defying the wishes of Gov. Ned Lamont and some of his advisers, the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes jointly announced Wednesday that they will...
article MORON ALERT: Butler responds to Emanuel’s claim that casinos’ economic impact is small
(Connecticut) -- odney Butler, chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, which owns Foxwoods Resort Casino, took exception to remarks an adviser to Gov. Ned Lamont...

5/19/2020

article EDITORIAL: Lamont, tribes need to agree on reopening
(Connecticut) -- Wednesday May 20, 2020, will be noted in history as the day that Connecticut began to reopen from weeks of pandemic-imposed isolation and the cessation...
article Connecticut Governor Appoints Sports Media Exec As Lottery Board Chair
(Connecticut) -- The Governor of Connecticut Ned Lamont nominated former journalist Rob Simmelkjaer as the chairman of the states Lottery Corporation Board of Directors...

5/18/2020

article Governor Lamont: Casinos to remain closed
(Connecticut) -- Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Casinos remain gated off to visitors. Their prolonged closing is having an impact on the neighboring communities that rely on...
article Lamont, tribes in standoff over casinos’ reopening
(Connecticut) -- Gov. Ned Lamont wants the Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort casinos to remain closed but talks have not progressed, he said Monday. “We had our first...
article Gov. Ned Lamont picks sports media executive to be lottery board chairman
(Connecticut) -- Gov. Ned Lamont has selected a sports media executive from Westport to be the next chairman of the governing board of t he Connecticut Lottery Corp. and...

5/17/2020

article NL County has highest concentration of claims, multiple towns with above average unemployment
(Connecticut) -- Montville Mayor Ron McDaniel said while it’s good that the region’s biggest employer Electric Boat is operating, it still may take a long...

5/14/2020

article Lawmakers renew call for Lamont to address casinos' shutdown
(Connecticut) -- With unemployment spiking in the region and Foxwoods Resort Casino about to end health benefits for thousands of furloughed workers, southeastern...

5/13/2020

article Mohegan Sun, Foxwoods casinos not reopening by Memorial Day
(Connecticut) -- Mohegan Sun has delayed it previously announced reopening this week until at least after Memorial Day weekend. “Mohegan Sun will remain closed to...

5/12/2020

article Casinos likely to stay closed through (at least) Memorial Day
(Connecticut) -- Neither casino is likely to open for Memorial Day. While few expected they would, Mohegan Sun ruled it out Tuesday and Foxwoods Resort Casino nearly did...
article Mohegan Sun extends closing; Foxwoods doubts reopening by holiday
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut’s casinos extended their shutdown until at least another two weeks Tuesday, with Mohegan Sun saying it would be at least May 26 and...

5/10/2020

article Difficult Times for Connecticut, Foxwood Casino Announced Layoffs for Employees
(Connecticut) -- The closure of Foxwood Casino and Mohegan Sun along with other businesses due to COVID-19 was a big hit for the State of Connecticut. Two months later...

5/3/2020

article Capitol Report: Hearst Media’s Dan Haar joins the panel to discuss coronavirus’s impact on casinos, gambling
(Connecticut) -- The panel continues their discussion on the ways in which the pandemic has impacted casinos and the gambling industry with Hearst Media’s Dan Haar.
article Casino workers have concerns for future
(Connecticut) -- For George Grossomandies, a cashier for Foxwoods, being furloughed means being bored. “I’m fine,” he said. “It’s just that...

5/2/2020

article Connecticut ramps up for reopening of businesses
(Connecticut) -- Members of the panel plotting Connecticut’s comeback from the coronavirus pandemic rejected the notion of reopening some parts of the state before...

5/1/2020

article CT casino towns rolling snake eyes in coronavirus economy
(Connecticut) -- The eastern Connecticut towns surrounding the Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos have absorbed the biggest brunt of layoffs in the early weeks of the...
article Darkened casinos ready to reopen but waiting for Gov. Lamont’s green light
(Connecticut) -- Triple Star slots are frozen on 7s. Empty chairs sit everywhere. For the first time in nearly 30 years, Foxwoods Casino is silent. “To walk the...

4/30/2020

article Connecticut tax collections drop sharply as coronavirus shutdown continues; potential deficit of $3.2B in 2022
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut’s tax collections took a sharp nosedive in the past six weeks that is expected to continue as the coronavirus shutdown continues...

4/24/2020

article Connecticut stands to lose billions in taxes due to coronavirus as McConnell favors letting cash-strapped states go bankrupt
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut stands to lose as much as $2 billion in taxes over two years from the toll the coronavirus has taken on the state’s economy, and...

4/23/2020

article 'Monumental’ crisis seen for shuttered casino industry as coronavirus slams revenue
(Connecticut) -- The Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort casinos reported a drop in slot revenue of more than 60% in March as the coronavirus took its toll on the gambling...

4/22/2020

article Connecticut casinos record steep slot revenue declines
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut’s casinos reported harsh year-over-year declines in slot revenues for March as operations ceased midmonth in an effort to halt the...

4/14/2020

article Foxwoods, Mohegan extended temporary closures through April
(Connecticut) -- Both Connecticut casinos have extended their temporary closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort Casino have announced they...

4/9/2020

article Connecticut Governor Says ‘No’ To Tribal Request For Immediate iGaming
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont and tribal leaders in the state have long been at odds over an expansion of gaming that includes adding retail and...
article State Sen. Tony Hwang voices support for Gov. Lamont’s rejection of tribes’ online gambling bid
(Connecticut) -- State Sen. Tony Hwang (R- 28th) and retired state Rep. Robert Steele have issued an open letter supporting Gov. Ned Lamont’s rejection of a...

4/7/2020

article Connecticut tribes want online casinos due to COVID-19; gov. says no
(Connecticut) -- With a blanket shutdown of virtually all casino action across the U.S., gambling operators are scrambling to find ways to make up for their losses. In...

4/6/2020

article NEW LONDON DAY: Ordering legal online gaming would be a step too far
(Connecticut) -- The Declaration of Public Health and Civil Preparedness Emergencies that Gov. Ned Lamont declared on March 10 gave him wide latitude to unilaterally...

4/5/2020

article Connecticut Gov Lamont Rebuffs Request to Allow Tribal Online Gaming During Coronavirus Crisis
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont on Friday shot down a request by regional officials in the eastern part of the state to allow the Mashantucket Pequot and...
article Mohegan Sun, Mohegan tribe organize food distribution
(Connecticut) -- Mohegan Sun and The Mohegan Tribe recently organized a drive-thru food giveaway for team members. At the direction of Mohegan Tribal leadership, 100...

4/4/2020

article Region leaders urge approval of online gaming for tribes; Lamont declines
(Connecticut) -- Gov. Ned Lamont has declined southeastern Connecticut officials' request that he immediately grant the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes...

4/2/2020

article Connecticut faces loss of $1.4 billion in sales, income and other taxes due to coronavirus shutdown
(Connecticut) -- With unemployment skyrocketing and everything from casinos to restaurants shut down, officials fear that the state budget could suffer a loss of tax...
article Idled CT casinos aiding furloughed workers as they ponder next moves
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut casinos have extended their closure due to the coronavirus pandemic through mid-April, but with even President Trump sounding dire warnings...

3/30/2020

article Lamont ‘Confident’ Casinos Will Stay Closed During Coronavirus Emergency
(Connecticut) -- Two weeks after the state's two casinos shut down in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus, Gov. Ned Lamont said he is confident the resorts...

3/23/2020

article Concerned about a ‘fiscal free-fall,’ Connecticut restaurants urge Gov. Lamont for assistance; unemployment claim total rises to 99,000
(Connecticut) -- The Connecticut Restaurant Association is urging Gov. Ned Lamont to take action in helping food establishments around the state as many struggle to stay...

3/19/2020

article Sportech's 2019 losses mount on Connecticut venue impairment
(Connecticut) -- UK gambling operator Sportech saw dramatically increased losses last year as the costs of US sports betting expansion mounted and one of its Connecticut...

3/18/2020

article An eerie silence falls over the casinos
(Connecticut) -- When it comes to shutting down their casinos, Connecticut's gaming tribes sure mean business. I couldn't help but think Wednesday morning,...
article Lamont releases Mashantucket Pequot, Mohegan funds early
(Connecticut) -- Gov. Ned Lamont is releasing the remaining two-thirds of the budgeted $51.4 million in Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Fund payments to towns and cities...

3/16/2020

article Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun announce 2-week closure to curb coronavirus, following Las Vegas lead
(Connecticut) -- With the stakes clearly running high, Connecticut’s popular Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos will close to the public Tuesday night under a...
article Mohegan Sun, Foxwoods to close for at least 2 weeks
(Connecticut) -- The Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos will close at 8 p.m. Tuesday for at least two weeks under a deal announced Monday by Gov. Ned Lamont. The closings...
article Tribes agree to close casinos for two weeks
(Connecticut) -- The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribal nations agreed Monday night to close Foxwoods Resort and Mohegan casinos for the first time since they opened...

3/14/2020

article Capitol closure for coronavirus could mean Connecticut waits another year for legalized marijuana, sports betting
(Connecticut) -- The closure of the state Capitol until at least March 30 due to the coronavirus outbreak could lead to the failure this year of key legislation to...
article Governor issues order to further limit large gatherings as number of positive cases grows to 20
(Connecticut) -- As the number of positive COVID-19 cases in Connecticut grew to 20 Saturday, Gov. Ned Lamont signed a third executive order easing restrictions on a...

3/10/2020

article GOODRICH: Gambling must remain the exclusive right of the Pequot and Mohegan tribal nations
(Connecticut) -- Indigenous people of the Americas (aka “Native Americans” or “American Indians”) across the United States are mostly invisible to us. Even the...

3/8/2020

article Capitol Report: Dan Haar of Hearst CT Media talks sports betting timeline with the panel
(Connecticut) -- To get another viewpoint on the sports betting issue, friend of Capitol Report Dan Haar from Hearst Connecticut Media joins the panel. Joining the panel...
article Capitol Report: Gov. Lamont, tribal casino leaders at odds over legalizing sports betting
(Connecticut) -- If you thought legalizing sports betting in Connecticut would be quick and easy, think again. And the debate over legalizing marijuana is heating up...

3/6/2020

article Tribe leader, Gov. Lamont trade barbs over sports betting bills
(Connecticut) -- A dispute between a tribal leader and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont over competing bills to allow sports betting in the state has intensified....

3/5/2020

article Connecticut Tribes, Governor Still Miles Apart On Expanded Gambling
(Connecticut) -- When a state legislature fails to pass online gambling legislation, it can be for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it’s because of opposition from...
article Governor Wants CT Sports Betting Bill Narrowly Focused, Inclusive
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont made known this week that he supports an inclusive approach to CT sports betting. In a statement to the Hartford Courant by...
article Mashantucket tribal chairman blasts governor for lack of agreement on sports betting
(Connecticut) -- In a highly unusual statement, the Mashantucket Pequot tribal chairman broke publicly with Gov. Ned Lamont Thursday over the future of sports betting in...
article Slots on your smartphone? Lamont says, ‘No.’
(Connecticut) -- Gamble in your underwear? That’s the jaunty come-on for an online slots game with a “Family Guy” theme you can play for cash in New...
article Tribe leader, governor trade barbs over sports betting bills
(Connecticut) -- A dispute over sports betting proposals in Connecticut intensified Thursday, as a Native American tribal chairman criticized Gov. Ned Lamont for...

3/4/2020

article Connecticut Governor, Tribes Clash Again Over The Operation Of Sports Betting
(Connecticut) -- Talks between the governor’s office and the state’s two federally recognized tribes over the rights to sports betting are at an impasse....
article Connecticut lawmakers revisit whether to expand gambling
(Connecticut) -- State lawmakers are revisiting a proposal to expand the gambling reach of Connecticut's two federally recognized tribes. But Democratic Gov. Ned...
article Connecticut Sports Betting Efforts Headed Back To Nowhere
(Connecticut) -- On the same day that Connecticut’s Committee on Public Safety and Security held its first hearing of 2020 on legal sports betting, Governor Ned...
article Foxwoods has sports betting plans in place but Lamont not ready to go all in with tribes
(Connecticut) -- At Foxwoods Resort Casino, designs for a new sportsbook have been done and ready to go for some time. The casino plans to add a sports betting operation...
article Governor Lamont supports broader sports betting options for Connecticut
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont struck a tough blow against the tribal owned Foxwoods Resort and Mohegan Sun casinos this week with a statement backing...
article Lamont, tribes clash on sports betting; Bridgeport casino again in doubt
(Connecticut) -- Gov. Ned Lamont has come out against a bill that would grant the state’s two federally recognized tribes exclusive rights to manage the state...
article Roadblock on sports betting / Amid disagreement, tribes reaffirm commitment to East Windsor casino
(Connecticut) -- Tribal leaders reiterated Tuesday their intention to build a casino in East Windsor, but talks between them and Gov. Ned Lamont have hit a roadblock...

3/3/2020

article Bridgeport mayor lobbies for city casino proposal; governor backs competing plan
(Connecticut) -- Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim testified for a new casino at the same time Gov. Ned Lamont announced he's backing a competing plan Tuesday. Ganim told...
article COLUMN: Gov. Lamont has never bet on sports, but wants a deal on sports betting
(Connecticut) -- Gov. Ned Lamont has never bet on sports in his lifetime, but he wants a deal on sports betting. Like his predecessor, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Lamont held...
article Connecticut lawmakers revisit whether to expand gambling
(Connecticut) -- State lawmakers are revisiting a proposal to greatly expand the gambling reach of Connecticut's two federally recognized tribes, but the governor...
article Gov. Ned Lamont backs narrow sports betting bill that would let tribal casinos, OTBs and CT Lottery operate industry
(Connecticut) -- Gov. Ned Lamont weighed in Tuesday on the ongoing debate over sports betting legalization, voicing support for a bill that would let tribal casinos, off...
article Lamont and tribes deadlock over sports betting
(Connecticut) -- Gov. Ned Lamont dealt a serious blow Tuesday to sweeping legislation that would give the state’s two federally recognized tribes exclusive rights...
article Lamont opposes tribes-only sports betting, Bridgeport casino
(Connecticut) -- With no sign of a letup in the state’s 5-year stalemate over gambling expansion, Gov. Ned Lamont came out Tuesday in favor of a bill that would...
article Lamont, tribes at impasse in negotiations over rights to sports betting
(Connecticut) -- Prospects for the legalization of sports betting in Connecticut appeared dim Tuesday after Gov. Ned Lamont came out in favor of a bill the Mashantucket...
article Lamont: Support Competition, Not Tribal Exclusivity, in Sports Betting Laws
(Connecticut) -- Max Reiss, Director of Communications for Governor Ned Lamont, today released the following statement regarding legislative proposals on gaming: “...
article Sports Betting Talks Stall Following Meeting With Tribes
(Connecticut) -- The heads of Connecticut’s two federally-recognized tribal casinos were surprised Tuesday when Gov. Ned Lamont put out a statement explaining that...

3/1/2020

article The Real Story: Sports betting in Connecticut?
(Connecticut) -- State lawmakers are considering two bills to bring sports betting to Connecticut. Both would authorize sports betting at the two tribal casinos (Mohegan...

2/26/2020

article CT Sports Betting Bill, Expands Past Tribal Casinos Now On The Table
(Connecticut) -- A new bill that would legalize sports betting in Connecticut, CT H 5168 went before the Joint Public Safety and Security Committee on Tuesday. The bill...

2/25/2020

article Will A New CT Sports Betting Bill Make Everyone Happy Finally?
(Connecticut) -- A new CT sports betting bill focuses solely on authorizing the activity with in-state gambling operators. Whether it solves any of the state’s...

2/20/2020

article Connecticut to consider new sports wagering bills
(Connecticut) -- Lawmakers in Connecticut are to run the rule over several new bills that would legalise sports betting in the state, though the legislation is dependent...

2/19/2020

article CT casinos report slot revenue increases in January
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut’s tribal casinos reversed their slot revenue declines in December by reporting year-over-year increases in January. Mohegan Sun...
article Haar: Tribes say they’d build two casinos, including Bridgeport
(Connecticut) -- They will build a casino in East Windsor. And if permitted, they would build a casino in Bridgeport, most likely a small one. That was the message...

2/18/2020

article Mohegan, Foxwoods’ slot revenues rise in January
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut’s two tribal casinos posted higher slot revenues in January after recording steep declines a month earlier. The operator of Mohegan...
article CT tribes cutting investment in proposed East Windsor casino
(Connecticut) -- Uncertainty over just how much demand there is for more casino gambling in the region has resulted in a cut in the amount of money being invested by...
article EDITORIAL: Gov. Lamont, get the data before expanding gambling in Connecticut
(Connecticut) -- Gov. Ned Lamont should take a cue from the professional gamblers: Don’t get in the game before you know the odds. Recent news shows that the New...

2/17/2020

article Plan for coming Mohegan Sun/Foxwoods East Windsor scaled back
(Connecticut) -- In Connecticut and the casino-operating Mohegan Tribe and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation have reportedly announced that they will be scaling back...

2/16/2020

article MGM Springfield struggling, East Windsor expansion scaled back
(New England) -- The increasingly saturated New England market is making it tougher for casinos these days, and that is showing in the recent struggles of two of the...

2/14/2020

article Gambling giants face a challenging market as MGM Springfield struggles and Connecticut tribes cut investment at planned East Windsor casino
(Connecticut) -- Revenue at the new Springfield casino has disappointed MGM and Connecticut’s Indian tribes are scaling back a proposed casino in East Windsor as...

2/13/2020

article Connecticut Tribes Admit East Windsor Casino Years Away From Opening, Seek Sports Betting
(Connecticut) -- Former Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) signed legislation in June of 2017 that authorized the state’s two tribes to jointly build a satellite casino in the...
article Connecticut Tribes Push For More Casinos And Exclusive Rights
(Connecticut) -- Two Native American tribes in Connecticut made a pitch to lawmakers this week – they want to keep their pact with the state as it considers...
article Lawsuits Seem Certain After Familiar CT Sports Betting Debate At Hearing
(Connecticut) -- For many years, Connecticut sports betting or other gambling expansion has come up in the legislature. The same arguments are heard regarding tribal...

2/12/2020

article Haar: Tribes say they’d build two casinos, including Bridgeport
(Connecticut) -- They will build a casino in East Windsor. And if permitted, they would build a casino in Bridgeport, most likely a small one. That was the message...
article Tribes: East Windsor casino a long way away
(Connecticut) -- Despite telling lawmakers repeatedly they would build their Tribal Winds Casino in East Windsor in spite of ongoing litigation, tribal leaders said...

2/11/2020

article Tribes stick to exclusivity claim at forum on sports-betting legislation
(Connecticut) -- Southeastern Connecticut’s gaming tribes Tuesday touted their decades-long relationship with the state as a win-win for the parties and repeated...

2/10/2020

article Haar: A sports betting compromise that might pay off
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut missed the Super Bowl at the betting window and we’ll miss March Madness. But the state may be inching closer to online and in-person...
article Sports Betting Back On The Agenda In Hartford
(Connecticut) -- The Connecticut legislature will once again take up the issue of sports betting this year. A bill that will be introduced this week will try to bridge...
article Keno is becoming CT Lotto’s ace in the hole
(Connecticut) -- Bridgeport’s Daybreak Doughnuts is known to customers for its sweet breakfast treats. It’s also known to the Connecticut Lottery Corp. (CLC...

2/9/2020

article OP/ED: Only a few will gain from comprehensive gambling
(Connecticut) -- How awful the comprehensive gambling bill being advanced by state Sen. Catherine A. Osten, D-Sprague, and a bipartisan group of legislators is. It would...

2/7/2020

article Casinos, off-track betting sites, CT Lottery would take bets under new sports betting bill
(Connecticut) -- Sports betting is back on the Connecticut legislative agenda, though consensus around the issue remains elusive. Rep. Joe Verrengia, chairman of the...
article OP/ ED: Only a few will gain from comprehensive gambling in Connecticut
(Connecticut) -- How awful the comprehensive gambling bill being advanced by state Sen. Catherine A. Osten, D-Sprague, and a bipartisan group of legislators is. It would...

2/4/2020

article EDITORIAL: 2020 is the time for legislature to make big policy decisions
(Connecticut) -- In the legislative session now underway, Gov. Ned Lamont and his fellow Democrats, who control solid majorities in the House and Senate, need to...
article Sports Betting Will Be Front And Center When CT General Assembly Opens
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut lawmakers seem to have had enough of dilly-dallying around and last week unveiled a draft of sweeping gaming expansion that includes legal...

2/2/2020

article Connecticut’s Largest City Sees Future in Harnessing Wind Energy
(Connecticut) -- For decades, officials here have searched for an economic engine to turn around this once-booming industrial city. They pursued several waterfront...

2/1/2020

article Gaming revisited (again) [2nd item]
(Connecticut) -- Southeastern Connecticut’s senators — Somers, Formica and Cathy Osten, D-Sprague, who supports the truck-tolling bill — are on the...

1/31/2020

article As CT considers gambling expansion, hotel revenue flat entering 2020
(Connecticut) -- As Connecticut lawmakers again consider legalizing sports betting and new casinos, hotels statewide generated their smallest increase in room revenue...
article Connecticut Legislators Push for Progress With Gambling Expansion
(Connecticut) -- State leaders in Connecticut have reasserted their pressure on Governor Ned Lomont to review state gambling legislation. The new proposed version of the...

1/30/2020

article Backing for expanded gambling
(Connecticut) -- Lawmakers said they’re ready to legalize sports gambling and internet betting as a bipartisan group of legislators united Wednesday to lend their...
article Lawmakers back gaming bill, say it’s contingent on Lamont negotiations with tribes
(Connecticut) -- While voicing support for state Sen. Cathy Osten’s plan to “modernize” Connecticut’s gaming industry, a bipartisan group of...
article New proposed legislation encourages tribal casino in Bridgeport
(Connecticut) -- Newly proposed legislation would enable the expansion of gaming operations conducted by the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes, including the...

1/29/2020

article Osten announces new version of casino bill
(Connecticut) -- State Sen. Cathy Osten said it’s important to modernize gaming at Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort and Casino, and it's hope that a bill she...
article Sports betting and casino legislation with tribal partners are back on the General Assembly’s agenda, offering millions to Connecticut’s municipalities
(Connecticut) -- Legislative leaders Wednesday unveiled their latest proposal to establish sports betting and broader casino and lottery betting in Connecticut, pledging...
article Sweeping gambling bill is meant to push Lamont
(Connecticut) -- Top leaders of the Senate Democratic majority pressured Gov. Ned Lamont on gambling expansion Wednesday by endorsing legislation that would give the...

1/28/2020

article Connecticut made $629M off gamblers last year. It wants more.
(Connecticut) -- The gamblers’ cash came in a gusher, as if the tiny band of Mashantucket Pequots had struck oil in their Great Cedar Swamp. CBS’ “60...

1/21/2020

article Ritter: Growing momentum for sports betting in upcoming session
(Connecticut) -- After two years of failed attempts to strike a deal on legalizing sports betting in Connecticut, House Majority Leader Matt Ritter says he’s...

1/20/2020

article Osten preparing to resubmit gaming bill
(Connecticut) -- Two weeks before the start of the General Assembly's 2020 session, state Sen. Cathy Osten is preparing to resubmit legislation aimed at resolving...

1/16/2020

article Slot Revenue Off At Connecticut Casinos
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut’s two tribal casinos have posted declines in December slot revenue. Mohegan Sun’s take of nearly $44 million was down more than...

1/15/2020

article Casinos' slots revenue was down by double digits in December
(Connecticut) -- Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun reported double-digit declines in slots-machine revenue for December, reversing a short-lived trend. The casinos...
article Mohegan, Foxwoods’ slot revenues fell sharply in Dec.
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut’s two tribal casinos on Wednesday posted steep December slot revenue declines after recording consecutive months of gains. The...

1/14/2020

article 2020 Vision: Can Connecticut Sports Betting Overcome Roadblocks?
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut sports betting presents a tricky situation. Gambling entities in the state are limited to two powerful Indian tribes and the state lottery,...

1/12/2020

article FOX NEWS: The Real Story: Governor Lamont on tolls & the 2020 session
(Connecticut) -- This week, we’re featuring a wide-ranging interview with Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont!

1/10/2020

article Judge rules against East Windsor PZC decision on casino liquor sales
(Connecticut) -- A Hartford Superior Court judge has ruled in favor of Sofia’s Plaza in a lawsuit over the Planning and Zoning Commission’s approval of the...

1/8/2020

article Judge finds fault with zoning permits for tribes’ East Windsor casino project
(Connecticut) -- A Superior Court judge in Hartford has sustained a property owner’s appeal of the issuance of zoning permits for the East Windsor casino the...

1/3/2020

article What — if anything — is going on with Tribal Winds casino proposal?
(Connecticut) -- The Mohegans and Mashantucket Pequots once said Tribal Winds, envisioned as a competitor to the MGM Springfield casino, could be open in 2020. Now 2020...
article Connecticut Casinos Feeling Squeezed As Revenue Declines
(Connecticut) -- Revenue for the two casinos in Connecticut decreased this past fiscal year. Mohegan Sun earned $992 million in revenue, about a 7 percent dip from the $...

1/2/2020

article Connecticut Casinos Revenue Down After Increased Massachusetts Competition
(Connecticut) -- Revenue at Connecticut’s two casinos declined in fiscal 2019 amid new regional competition, according to new fiscal reports.
article Connecticut Casino Win Declines in 2019 Fiscal Year, $150M Lost
(Connecticut) -- The two Connecticut casinos operated by the state’s tribes reported further reductions in their gross gaming revenue (GGR) in their latest fiscal...
article Connecticut’s tribal casinos blame regional rivals for revenue dip
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut’s two tribal casino operators reported annual revenue declines in 2019, with new regional competition fingered as the likely culprit....

1/1/2020

article Connecticut casino revenue declines as competitors in neighboring states open
(Connecticut) -- A new fiscal reports show that revenue at Connecticut’s two casinos has declined. The decline in the fiscal year 2019 comes amid new regional...
article Fiscal reports show revenue declines at Connecticut casinos
(Connecticut) -- Revenue at Connecticut's two casinos declined in fiscal 2019 amid new regional competition, according to new fiscal reports. Mohegan Sun’s net...

12/31/2019

article Casinos’ revenues were down in fiscal 2019, annual reports show
(Connecticut) -- Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun experienced declines in net revenues in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2019, though Mohegan Sun’s...

12/24/2019

article Connecticut Gov. Emails Reveal East Windsor Casino Odds Long, Alternative Gaming Expansion Preferred
(Connecticut) -- Emails from Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont (D) sent to a tribal leader in the state reveal that the odds of the East Windsor satellite casino coming to...
article Lamont and tribes were close on gambling deal, emails show
(Connecticut) -- Newly released emails show Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont thought he was close earlier this year to reaching a wide-ranging gambling agreement with the...

12/23/2019

article Connecticut Governor: "We can reach broad agreement on sports betting going forward"
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont opened the door to bringing legalized sports betting to the state when he discussed the issue with representatives of...

12/19/2019

article Gov. Lamont reopens door to sports betting with tribes
(Connecticut) -- In a surprise, Gov. Ned Lamont reopened the door Wednesday to sports betting - a long-stalled issue at the state Capitol. Sports betting had once been a...

12/18/2019

article Casinos' slot revenue was up again in November
(Connecticut) -- For the second month in a row, Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun posted year-over-year increases in slot-machine revenue in November. Foxwoods...

12/17/2019

article Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun Slot Revenue Increases for Second Consecutive Month
(Connecticut) -- Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun both reported their second consecutive month of gross gaming revenue (GGR) growth stemming from their slot...

12/14/2019

article Jon Lender: Report raises questions about lottery VP’s explanation of suspicions that sent her to FBI. Her lawyer calls it ‘one-sided.’
(Colorado) -- The Connecticut Lottery Corp. has been dogged by controversies for years, but everything rose to a new level July 9, when CLC Vice President Chelsea Turner...

12/12/2019

article Connecticut, Tribes Claim They Can Intervene to Dismiss MGM Federal Lawsuit Over Tribal Winds Casino
(Connecticut) -- The state of Connecticut along with the Mohegan Tribes and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe claim they have the right to intervene in a federal lawsuit...

12/11/2019

article Ex-lottery chairman claims in lawsuit that he was defamed by officials who went to FBI about him
(Connecticut) -- Former Connecticut Lottery Corp. Chairman Frank Farricker has filed a defamation lawsuit against three past or present lottery officials —...

12/2/2019

article SEE YA: Uri Clinton, a leading voice in debate over expanded gambling in Connecticut, has resigned as president of MGM Empire City
(New York) -- Uri Clinton -- the most visible MGM Resorts International executive of Connecticut’s casino expansion debate -- has resigned his post as president...

12/1/2019

article Connecticut Governor Aims to Expand State’s Gambling, but No Dice [reg req]
(Connecticut) -- The process of expanding Connecticut’s gambling industry has left Gov. Ned Lamont stumped. The governor seeks to legalize sports and internet...

11/23/2019

article Interior Department Refutes MGM Claims Over Joint Tribal Casino in Connecticut in Latest Court Filing
(Connecticut) -- Lawyers for the US Interior Department stated the agency was right in giving Connecticut’s two tribal casinos clearance to proceed with building a...

11/22/2019

article MGM Says Tribes Can't Tiptoe Into $300M Casino Fight [sub req]
(Connecticut) -- MGM Resorts took aim at a bid by two tribes and the state of Connecticut to toss the resort giant’s suit seeking review of the federal government...

11/19/2019

article Connecticut casinos faring well under Massachusetts competition
(Connecticut) -- Both state officials and the leaders of two Connecticut tribal casinos were highly concerned that a new casino in Springfield would deeply cut into...

11/18/2019

article Connecticut Tribes End Slot Revenue Slide, More Good News for Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Indians
(Connecticut) -- Connecticut tribes saw their casino slot machine win post a gain in October, the first that has occurred since June of 2018. The Native American’s...

11/16/2019

article Interior Department Refutes MGM Claims Over Joint Tribal Casino in Connecticut in Latest Court Filing
(Connecticut) -- Lawyers for the US Interior Department stated the agency was right in giving Connecticut’s two tribal casinos clearance to proceed with building a...

11/14/2019

article Connecticut Democrats May Opt For Sports Betting, Cannabis For Infrastructure Cash Over Increasing Tolls
(Connecticut) -- Democrats in Connecticut’s state senate could resuscitate sports betting legislation while adding legalized cannabis to the mix in an effort to...

10/31/2019

article Southeastern Connecticut looks to future in opportunity zones, port, casinos
(Connecticut) -- Local economic development officials spoke positively of the inaugural conference on opportunity zones the state held Wednesday, a topic that also came...

10/29/2019

article MGM Says Gov’t Must Justify Clearing Way For Tribes’ Casino [reg req]
(Washington D.C.) -- MGM Resorts slammed the federal government’s bid to toss the company’s suit over the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes’...
article BLOG: Enfield Is Well-positioned for Economic Growth
(Connecticut) -- If a long-discussed tribal casino takes shape in East Windsor, Conn., the town of Enfield would find itself in an intriguing geographic spot between two...

10/26/2019

article CuriousCT: Tribes’ slot payments end up in state’s General Fund, municipal coffers
(Connecticut) -- A CuriousCT respondent who wished to remain anonymous suggested The Day provide a “thorough accounting” of the slot-machine revenue the...

10/25/2019

article East Windsor voters overwhelmingly defeat referendum questions
(Connecticut) -- Voters on Thursday resoundingly defeated all three questions on a referendum ballot, deciding not to join a regional animal shelter or create a fund to...
article State, tribes seek dismissal of MGM’s casino lawsuit
(Connecticut) -- The state of Connecticut and its two Indian tribes are asking a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit because the groups cannot join the litigation...

10/24/2019

article East Windsor Voters Reject Plans Tied to Casino
(Connecticut) -- Voters in East Windsor overwhelmingly defeated plans related to the money that would be paid by a potential new casino in town. “I’m excited. I think...

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