Mohegan won’t let Sun set on Lewis-Tyson bout

Feb 5, 2002 4:30 AM


Las Vegas said no and so did New York and Denmark, but the planned heavyweight title fight between Mike Tyson and champion Lennox Lewis may yet have life.

The Mohegan Sun casino/resort in Connecticut has expressed an interest to host the bout in its new 10,000-seat arena.

Mitchell Etess, the Sun’s executive vice president for marketing did not rule out the possibility of hosting the fight.

“This is premature,” Etess said the day after Tyson’s license application in Nevada was denied. last week by a 4-1 vote. “There are a million things that must happen before we could even reach an agreement.”

The foremost obstacle would be the Mohegan Boxing Commission granting Tyson a license. California and Texas have also expressed an interest in the multi-million dollar matchup, as has South Africa.

Las Vegas police have recommended that the former heavyweight champion be charged with sexual assault in two cases, a prosecutor said Friday.

Prosecutors and police met for two hours Friday to discuss a September complaint by a Las Vegas woman and a November 2000 allegation from another woman identified by police as being in her 20s and an out-of-state resident. The second case was not reported to police until December.

“They’ve done a very thorough investigation,” Chief Deputy District Attorney Doug Herndon told The Associated Press. He said police are seeking arrest warrants from prosecutors for Tyson on multiple counts of sexual assault in each case.

Catskills no lock

Gambling in the Catskills may not be a lock.

Attorney Cornelius Murray filed a suit in Albany claiming that laws allowing New York gambling violate the state constitution.

If a judge says the request is valid and grants the injunction, the governor can’t cut a deal with a tribe to open a casino. Video lottery terminals would also not be allowed at nearby Monticello Raceway.

Casino construction might be delayed until the lawsuit is resolved. The Mohawks and Mohicans were hoping to begin construction this year. The VLTs were headed to Monticello in November.

Casino boosts Bama

A new video gaming center run by the Poarch Creek Indians is expected to generate $10 million this year for a rural Alabama town.

Mike Trupp, manager of the Wendy’s in Wetumpka, said his facility sells more burgers than ever since the video gaming center opened near the restaurant.

Tribal chairman Eddie Tullis said the center may employ a total of 60 people by the end of the year. The jobs at the center represent the biggest economic impact on the community, according to David Sollars, associate dean of business at Auburn University in Montgomery.

The center has cash-winning machines and progressive cash jackpots as high as $60,000 according to Tullis.

Trump likes Spotlight

Donald Trump, who has never avoided the spotlight, likes the one he has in California.

Trump, an investor in Spotlight 29 Casino, is asking the National Indian Gaming Commission to ratify a management contract that would allow his company to operate the casino, owned by the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians.

“I love golf,” Trump said during his visit last week to the California site. “There is no better place in the world to golf.”

Trump would like to take over management in April and rename the casino Trump 29.

Smoking peace pipe

Tribal leaders and California officials are beginning to settle their differences through the gaming industry.

John Hensley, chairman of the state Gambling Control Commission, said that the board is working much better with tribal leaders.

Hensley used as an example a new regulation that will allow tribes to access the bond market to finance new casinos and expand established operations.

San Diego County has eight tribes that operate casinos. The Pechanga band runs a casino near Temecula in Southwest Riverside County.

The commission will meet with the tribes Feb. 19 in San Diego.