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Mohegan tribe may join competition

2 August 2007

MASSACHUSETTS -- As reported by the Boston Globe: "The operators of the Mohegan Sun casino in Connecticut, rather than fight to keep gaming out of Massachusetts, want to open their own casino in the western part of the state.

"The Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority signed an exclusivity deal last week with a development company that owns a 150-acre swath of land in Palmer, near the Massachusetts Turnpike, according to Frank Fitzgerald, a lawyer involved in the deal.

"The developers hope to build a retail complex whether or not gaming is approved in Massachusetts. But they have teamed up with Mohegan Sun so that if the state does back commercial gaming, the tribe could apply for a license to operate a casino on the site.

"Observers view Mohegan Sun's foray into Massachusetts as a sign that the Connecticut tribe sees expanded gaming in Massachusetts as likely, if not inevitable, especially after Middleborough approved a deal last weekend with the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe to bring the state's first casino to the rural Southeastern Massachusetts town. The Mohegan deal also reflects the mania sweeping the state as gambling interests from here and around the country line up for a piece of the action..."

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