Suffolk Downs Only Bidder

October 24, 2012
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To date, Suffolk Downs race track is the only bidder for a casino license under the state’s expanded gaming legislation.

Suffolk Downs is the only bidder because they have done the leg work to command such a position in the free market place.

If Suffolk Downs were running a casual and haphazard effort to secure a license, we can be certain others would have jumped into the bidding.

Suffolk Downs has worked for almost a decade to get into the position where they are at today.

That is, Suffolk Downs is the only game in town if a casino license is to be awarded in this section of Massachusetts as allowed under the law. But not because Suffolk Downs has excluded others from applying or bidding – but rather – because their effort is so strong and the case the track is making is so compelling that others are hesitant to compete with Suffolk Downs at this point.

The casino effort is moving along at a snail’s pace but Suffolk Downs continues its operation always looking at the bigger picture and the day when a casino will be located there and operating.

  • drensber

    It’s amazing how similar the Revere Journal’s “reporting” is to the Communist Party controlled media in China. What’s really embarrassing about Revere is that, in contrast to China where people are force-brainwashed through the educational system, people here _choose_ to be brainwashed!

  • drensber

    Suffolk Downs still does have competition, however, in the sense that the people of Revere and East Boston still have to vote before they’re allowed to build a casino. I’d urge everyone to be critical of their motives, and don’t just give them a free pass. Unless they’re willing to promise the people living in the area around the casino a much better deal than what they’ve proposed so far, vote “no”!

  • http://twitter.com/CelesteBoston Celeste Myers

    Considering that the casino legislation was crafted with Suffolk Downs in mind – this is not so surprising. Perhaps this region was marked ‘off limits’ way before the final bill was released in 2011. Or it’s possible that given the anemic and steadily weakening gaming economy in this region – coupled with the proven New England resolve that has kept developers from garnering any kind of a foothold in towns like Foxboro or Holyoke – potential bidders are growing more tentative about lobbing a pitch.

  • Jesse

    what garbage reporting. If there is only one bid for the most lucrative section of MA that means that the legislation is inherintly poorly written. No casino / track should have any advantage over other prospective bidders, this is the essence of a competitve bid process. Otherwise this is just a dog and pony show put on by the paid for polticians of East Boston and Revere.

  • BanPokiesNow

    Australia has already proven what damage pokies / slots gambling does, whether they are run in casinos or smaller local gambling venues. Our only state, Western Australia, that did not succumb in the early 1990′s to the lure of gambling machines on every street corner…heralded as win/win products…is now our only state to be forging ahead, with strong retail and strong, independently growing communities.

    I think the people in the US are being told the same rot we were told about increased jobs and greater tax relief! HAH…all forgotten now and excused. All hidden under the label of Global Financial Crisis! Once the casinos come…watch for stage 2…they will ask to reduce their taxes and then remind everyone of how many community groups depend on their money…it is a well-rehearsed con between a few people and their hangers-on.

    Before you know it, your neighbour will have lost a house, your work-mate’s husband will have closed his shop…your school secretary or someone else always hard-working prior, will be in court for slots-related embezzlement!

    However vague ‘research’ is re casinos and social costs we DO know some facts! eg…a casino employs just 1 – 2 people for every $1 million taken. A retailer employs 4 – 6 people for that same money taken. So who is the gambling industry kidding really when it says a casino will INCREASE jobs on a net basis, for your community? Computers take the place of humans often enough already….without us having computer games that are designed to hypnotise, trick and addict us into losing our homes, businesses and families!

  • RevereReporter (STAFF)

    Just a note here for the online readers…This is the editorial in this week’s edition. It isn’t reporting, but rather the paper’s opinion. Unfortunately, we probably need to do a better job at labeling our online edition’s stories. This isn’t the first time our editorials have been confused with our original stories. So, keep that in mind when offering criticism.

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