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Basketball Legend Backs French Lick Casino

28 July 2003

FRENCH LICK, Indiana – As reported by the Associated Press: “Now that he's back in Indiana as an executive with the Pacers, Larry Bird said he wants to help bring a riverboat casino to his economically depressed hometown.

“In a statement released through his agent, Bird said he is assessing how he can play a part in a riverboat project, particularly in ways that might benefit French Lick.

“…Orange County voters are expected to decide in November whether to authorize a casino, the state's 11th, to boost the southern Indiana county's economy. By Sept. 19, interested casino companies and investors are required to file applications with the Indiana Gaming Commission and pay a $50,000 application fee.

“…`This could really be a positive,’ said Rep. Jerry Denbo, D-French Lick, the casino's biggest legislative backer…”

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