The mayor of Rockford, Ill., is eager to gain state approval for a casino project, citing a competing tribal casino project in nearby Beloit, Wis. "We cannot afford to be outflanked by our neighbors up north yet again," Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara said.
Gaming companies could benefit from expanded coverage of betting by Fox and ESPN. "We are still in the early innings in overall legal sports betting, but the market does look like it will be significant for casino operators," according to analyst Brian McGill.
Las Vegas Sands Corp. says it wants to develop a casino resort in Osaka, Japan. "We're the only operator that has active operation in the top three integrated resort markets in the world, and they're all distinctively different," said George Tanasijevich, CEO of the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.
The House has passed a bill that is key to the development of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's casino in Massachusetts, disregarding pressure from the White House to oppose the legislation.
Brands such as 21c Museum Hotels are going beyond hospitality to become cultural hubs in the communities where they operate, Renata Parker writes. Examples include showcasing work by current artists, and sourcing food for their restaurants from local farmers.
Sports betting has brought in $76 million to New Jersey casino since a Supreme Court ruling last year opened the door to sportsbooks outside of Nevada. "We knew that the US Supreme Court's decision one year ago would be very meaningful to New Jersey, but in its first year, sports wagering has exceeded all expectations," Casino Association of New Jersey President Kevin Ortzman said.
Parx Casino in Pennsylvania is planning to launch online sports betting next month and is currently testing its system. Sports betting at Pennsylvania casinos was legalized in November.
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