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March 28, 2012
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  Top of the Deck 
  • NFL could allow casino advertising
    National Football League team owners are looking to score millions in extra revenue by reversing a longtime ban on casino advertising. The topic is on the agenda for the team owners' annual meeting with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in Florida. Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association already accept casino advertising. "It's an interesting situation, because that's a great segment in which to develop relationships anyway," N.Y. Jets owner Woody Johnson said. New York Post (3/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Industry Update 
  • MGM Resorts seeks alternative location for Mass. hotel-casino
    MGM Resorts International announced that it has dropped plans to use a 150-acre site near Brimfield, Mass., for a hotel-casino project. However, the company says it will still pursue development and is looking for another site. "MGM remains committed to developing (a) project in Western Massachusetts and we are actively pursuing other potential development sites," said Bill Hornbuckle, chief marketing officer at MGM Resorts. Las Vegas Review-Journal (3/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Issues, Trends & Technology 
  • Las Vegas casinos cashing in with nightclubs
    Trendy nightclubs have become major moneymakers for Las Vegas casinos. In fact, Vegas clubs dominate Nightclub & Bar magazine's list of top 10 revenue earners in the U.S. "It's a sign in the change of tastes of the younger generation that wants to be part of the show, not in the audience. They want to be the actors," casino mogul Steve Wynn said. Las Vegas Sun (3/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.H. Police Association supports expanded gambling
    The New Hampshire Police Association is throwing its support behind a statewide push for expanded casino gambling. The group becomes the second law enforcement organization to support House Bill 593, which calls for four casinos with a total of 14,000 slot machines and 420 table games. "The feelings of the association is casino gambling can be a viable non-tax revenue source for the state with proper regulatory oversight," NHPA President Jeff Stiegler said. The Union Leader (Manchester, N.H.) (3/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Online sports book may re-enter U.S. market
    U.K.-based online sports book Sportingbet is negotiating with Foxwoods Resort Casino to possibly provide an online platform for intrastate poker and casino games. "Given that the U.S. market continues to show signs of regulating both by product and by state in the near future, various opportunities exist to re-enter the U.S. market and we are reviewing these," said Sportingbet CEO Andrew McIver. The Independent (London) (3/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Tribal Gaming Spotlight 
  • Commission has 10 days to salvage its gaming lease
    The Duluth–Fond du Lac Economic Development Commission has 10 days to convince the U.S. Department of the Interior that its gaming lease should not be canceled. Minnesota's Fond du Lac band of Lake Superior Chippewa operates a casino that's affected by the lease agreement. "The U.S. Department of Interior has found the Duluth–Fond du Lac Economic Development Commission in violation of the business lease with the band dated in April of 1986 to conduct bingo and gaming," Michelle Lee writes. (Duluth, Minn.) (3/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  International Focus 
  • Casino operators in India object to increased fees
    Casino operators in the Indian state of Goa, home to 19 onshore and offshore facilities, are saying steeper annual fees may lead to closings. A member of the Casino Association of Goa said the higher fees are "unjustified and ... like a slap on the investors' face." The Times of India (3/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Finance & Policy 
  AGA & G2E News 
  • G2E 2011 featured session recording: Expanding Marketplace: The Value of Social Media
    While casinos' marketing programs evolve to incorporate new media outlets like Twitter and Facebook, gaming technology companies are increasingly recognizing the value of social networks for game content distribution. G2E 2011 session recording Expanding Marketplace: The value of Social Media re-examines the risks of open communication, what players outside the gaming industry will be relevant and how online platform creation helps build buying and partnership opportunities. Listen to the whole session recording, and don't forget G2E 2012 takes place Oct. 1-4 at The Sands Expo & Convention Center!

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