A proposed casino resort property in Brockton Massachusetts will not be built after the state's Gaming Commission denied Mass Gaming & Entertainment a gaming license.
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission denied the license with a 4-1 vote, after what was described as a "thoughtful" consideration. The decision is a boon for the state's Mashpee Wampanoag Indian tribe, which is building a $1 billion resort in the same area, which broke ground earlier this year. Of course, the fact that the tribe is going to pay a 17% tax on revenues likely aided the Commission's decision.
Commenting on the decision Mashpee Wampanoag Council Chairman Cedric Cromwell said, "Historically, our people have been the recipients of a string of broken promises. Today is not one of those days. Today, the gaming commission upheld the Commonwealth's end of the bargain, paving the way for a fruitful economic partnership."
The Brockton development would have been built on the area's fairgrounds, and would have hosted a casino, hotel, and entertainment complex at a cost of $677 million.