Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Mohegan Tribe Loses Out on New York Racino Franchise

New York Governor Eliot Spitzer recommended Tuesday that New York Racing Association continue operating the state's three racetracks.

The Mohegan Tribe was asked by Capital Play, an Australian group, to participate in their bid for that franchise but was eliminated from consideration today as well as two other firms who submitted bids.

The state legislature must approve any firm awarded the franchise, which begins January 1st.

The Tribe may be out of the running in New York but will soon learn more about their future in Massachusetts. Governor Deval Patrick stated that he is about two weeks away from making any decision regarding casino gambling in that state.

In other regional gaming news, the owners of Rhode Island's Lincoln Park have asked permission for that facility to be open 24 hours.