Hiring of consultants reviewed by Mass. Gaming Commission

Sep 17, 2012 6:24 PM

The hiring of consultants by the City of Springfield is being reviewed by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

Concern has been expressed that the consultants had prior lobbying contact with MGM Resorts International (MGM) and Penn National Gaming Inc. (PENN), two companies that have expressed interest in a casino license. The Chicago law firm of Shefsky & Froelich, has also done work in the past for Hard Rock International.

Ameristar Casinos Inc. (ASCA), which has selected a Springfield site for a casino, objected to the city using the law firm as consultants.

Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby described the law firm as an “outstanding firm” but said the appearance of possible conflict could erode public confidence in the integrity of the casino selection process.

Ray Poirier is the longtime executive editor at GamingToday.

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