Issue 69
January 2 - 7, 2002
Volume 2
page 2
 

Private Casinos in Minnesota Proposed To Build Stadium

ST, PAUL, MN - Private casinos in the Twin Cities could relieve Minnesota�s state debt and fund the construction of a sports stadium for the Minnesota Twins baseball and Vikings football teams, but casino-operating tribes oppose any expansion of gambling in the state. James Belisle, president of Multi-Gaming Management, supports a proposal that would put $450 million on the table, build a stadium for state�s sports teams, and relieve the state�s large debit spending.

However, John McCarthy, executive director for the Minnesota Indian Gaming Association, says, �We are opposed to the expansion of gambling since 1989, by the state or private owners. It's the domino theory; once it starts it will never end.

The situation in Minnesota is that the tribal casinos are in locations that create a partnership with rural economies and any expansion will jeopardize that situation.� Five proposals for gaming expansion may hit the Minnesota legislature this year.

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Miss America Gives Atlantic City One More Year - ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - The Miss America Pageant will stay in Atlantic City for at least one more year. The pageant�s 17-member board of directors announced December 27 that they had decided to turn down offers to move the pageant to Nevada, Florida, California and Connecticut.

Last week, Pageant CEO Robert Renneisen Jr. threatened to move the pageant because he said it had become too expensive to continue staging the event at Atlantic City�s Boardwalk Hall.

Pageant officials asked for $1 million in new subsidies to keep the pageant in Atlantic City, but the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority, which already underwrites the production with $678,000, refused to contribute any more money.

The pageant's best offer to relocate came from the Mohegan Sun casino resort in Connecticut. Renneisen said the pageant would have made $1 million if it took the deal, but is likely to lose $500,000 by staying in Atlantic City next year.

Tom Jones

Tom Jones will perform at MGM Grand's Hollywood Theatre January 10 - February 7.

Price: $70.00

Showtimes: 9 p.m. Dark Jan. 24 - Feb. 6, 2002

For more information please call: (800) 646-7787
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