The Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted four to one Thursday not to award a casino license to a proposed casino in Brockton.
It's good news for the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, who broke ground on the First Light Casino just 20 miles away in Taunton earlier this month. But, it's bad news for the city of Brockton, badly in need of a jolt to the local economy.
Clyde Barrow, project manager for the Northeastern Gaming Research Project and chair of the department of political science at the University of Texas Rio Grande.
- "The state Gaming Commission Thursday voted down a proposed $677 million casino here, dashing the hopes for an economic catalyst in one of the state’s poorest cities and clearing the field for a rival casino planned by the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe in nearby Taunton."
- "State Gaming Commission chairman Stephen Crosby on Wednesday decried the design of a proposed casino in Brockton as a 'great disappointment' that would place the $677 million facility 'in the middle of a vast parking lot.'"
- "With the swing of an excavator claw crashing down on a vacant industrial building, the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe officially jumped into New England’s casino race Tuesday, breaking ground on what it hopes will become Massachusetts’ first Las Vegas-style resort."
This segment aired on April 28, 2016.