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MGM conducts study on CT casino options

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The battle over a new Connecticut casino continues.  The state's two tribes are joining forces to build a casino closer to Massachusetts to compete with MGM Springfield. 

However, MGM officials said that may not be the best idea both for Springfield and the two tribes. 

MGM officials conducted their own study to find out where the best location is to build a third casino in Connecticut. 

It's all part of an effort to prevent revenue from their Springfield casino from going over the border and that's not the only way they're doing so. 

MGM Springfield is trying to crush the Connecticut casino competition before it begins. 

As the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes still deliberate where to put Connecticut's third casino, MGM executives are adding in their own two cents. 

A new study conducted by MGM showed that the southwest portion of Connecticut would be the best location.  It specifically highlighted Fairfield County, far away from MGM's Springfield-based casino. 

"That's what we do at MGM we are regularly looking around the country," said Alan Feldman, Executive Vice President for Global Government and Industry Affairs for MGM. 

Feldman said that a casino in Fairfield county could generate more economic dollars and jobs than one in the north-central part of the Connecticut, where the two tribes are hoping to build. 

"We knew all along the real opportunity in the state isn't north of Hartford.  The real opportunity is somewhere in the southwest part of the state, facing New York," Feldman added.

It's all part of an effort to keep MGM Springfield revenue from trickling over into Connecticut and that's not the only way the gaming company is trying to prevent that from happening. 

MGM is suing Connecticut.  They said that the third casino process is discriminatory because the tribes have been given exclusive rights to build a casino on non-tribal land. 

"We believe that there is an opportunity here in Connecticut and we would like to see an open, fair, and transparent opportunity for people form all over the world...operators from the U.S., Europe to come into Connecticut and offer their best," Feldman explained.

MGM and the city of Springfield have an agreement which states that MGM will not build a casino within 50-miles of their South End site. 

Fairfield County, CT is out of that range, but there is no word yet whether or not MGM will build there should the state allow private investors to build casinos in their state. 

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