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MGM Makes Final Springfield Casino Pitch

BOSTON — The only remaining developer seeking a gambling license in Western Massachusetts said Thursday that its proposed casino would help revitalize the city of Springfield.

In a final pitch to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, MGM Resorts International president Bill Hornbuckle said boosting Springfield will ensure the casino’s success.

“We understand the task at hand isn’t just about MGM,” Hornbuckle said. “If we don’t bring Springfield back, we’re not going to succeed and we’ve wasted a great deal of time, energy and about $800 million trying.”

Despite the lack of competition, MGM is not guaranteed to get the sole casino license for the region. Gaming commission Chair Stephen Crosby says the panel could force MGM to change its proposal or request a new round of applications.

The commission is expected to decide whether to issue the license in the spring.

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