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Industry buzz bites for Nov. 18 11-18-2008

Nov 18, 2008 5:02 PM

The Insider by Ray Poirier| A temporary smoking ban in the Atlantic City casinos has ended and smokers will be permitted to light up for the next year.

Bally Technologies Inc. (BYI) has purchased use of Planar Systems Inc’s digital signage division called CoolSign. The deal permits Planar Systems to keep ownership of the CoolSign unit and its products for use with all sectors but gaming.

Connecticut slots income has fallen again in the month of October. Foxwoods Resorts Casino said its slots totaled $57.1 million, down 7.5%, and Mohegan Sun’s fell 9% to $65.4 million.

Dan Rooney is expected to pay $750 million to his four brothers to take over sole ownership of the Pittsburgh Steelers. The franchise was started by their father, Art Rooney, Sr.

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has given Chicago developer Neil Bluhm’s group the license to run Pittsburgh’s slots casino, a franchise that originally was awarded to Detroit entrepreneur Don Barden.