Jan 15, 2013|
Boston Globe's Mark Arsenault on the latest developments with casinos in Massachusetts
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Right now we're joined by mark -- from the Boston Globe. Mark are you don't well very very good day June and I've been chatting all morning about this casino story. -- where are we with the casino I understand there's a deadline. For applications coming -- 5 PM tonight is the application for developers to. Applied for licenses don't resort casinos during a Greater Boston western carrier -- western -- And for those single slot Parlow license which can be built and -- statement. Of course. Toasty eastern masses on hold for now quality. Ask you want about trying to get permission from the federal government to build a tropical singled out there. So what's the what are the most likely locations for casinos. Well and Greater Boston right now the two applicants are Suffolk downs partnered -- news entertainment and Wynn Resorts. Now -- has a piece of Landon has options although Mystic River and effort to. -- downs of course is straddles the line between Austin and -- beer in two sides about five miles apart. How big are both locations. Our losses -- -- certainly has more land when insiders -- just over thirty acres two parcels are about. Five miles apart and as a clash of the titans between two of the biggest names in the. Let me ask you like here's something up early when I woke up this morning that somebody out of some big league out of Chicago I guess has put in an application at the last minute says it. -- bloom Chicago billionaire new home runs a few casinos. In and I expected a warrant Pittsburg I believe he's -- -- of Philadelphia. Sugar house casino and as well as some -- of the two brand names and has. He has or will put an application this morning. He's a serious player he's personally certainly billionaire and has. -- casino or he is looking in the Greater Boston region has not identified a site that they sit at looking at several pieces of land that they declined to identify. He could pursue either -- -- casino resort license which would put him in competition with whether Suffolk downs war. He could to pursue its -- pro license which right now the only official applicant is language race course -- and like. Any any app. Boxer talked about -- getting a casino is that he talked about a city that's kind of been. Underserved for a long time. I went to school -- story. -- an affinity for the and I you certainly do I went to assumption -- which has -- second greatest Catholic college at all Worcester County. And there was adults who didn't. Put forth proposals for -- it didn't seem to really get a lot of traction it and right now and in. And becoming aware of Serbia image process to digital has prevented Basra stupid. So they put their applications in tonight 400000 dollar nonrefundable application speak correctly when did they hear back. Well that's that's -- we don't expect licenses to come for at least until the very end of this year what's gonna happen taxes but he. Masses it's gaming commission will. Hire consultants or -- are consultants simple goal of these applications sent. Investigate all of these potential developers and their partners venture destroy and -- it toppled organized crime and yeah sure that everyone's got solid balance sheets and he's adopted Bill Belichick by science and watcher qualifier again will be the second round of applications sort of where you'll put in more specifically. What you project's gonna look like 200 people employed. Where would be all of us what you traffic plan that sort of thing -- -- deal which are host community. To pay them to -- and traps that are correct to police sort of work and investment vote in the each of these communities referendum vote that could win the endorsement of the people. Once all that is done. Then will start seeing the commission. Start to deliberate. Expect but slot license would be awarded by the end of this year and he burst resort casino license perhaps parts everywhere the election. While mark you know it's taking such a long time. I keep hearing I go up to Rockingham park a lot and I hear the folks up there than employees and everybody else saying that's. And New Hampshire. Could just get this thing done so much quicker now could that happen. Not impossible and they have a new governor now lose a lot for -- later to gambling industry -- -- -- it wasn't just left office. And you know New Hampshire. Like Massachusetts. When they decision would win when your argument is sports or that people from year dropping out of state leading money. -- people from Massachusetts go to Connecticut and their money and that's a strong argument it's hard to count so. Anti gambling people have. A hard time overcoming. When people sort of gambling anyway so it's certainly possible that they can pass us on the other hand it's. As Galapagos and invests in people that optimistically and you can just passed -- -- -- a few months later people -- one arm -- Being able to optimistic. A masters started pretty far down the road and we are no less than a year away from the first -- -- -- most liked. Right that's a license and it's gonna take couple years to build it out. Spreading the word goes to protect of these resort casinos competitors August 36 months of slot parlor would. Of course -- -- a lot less time. All right mark thank you very much for your time -- -- Carter mark arsenal Boston Globe giving us the update on the casinos up next June night. Has some bargains where you need to do little shopping she'll tell you what's on sale where you can get a deal in the month of January.