Loyalty is coming to the fore in the Narraganzett
Indians’ attempt to get a casino in Rhode Island, but time is also becoming a
Last week, West Warwick town officials, who have a
commitment to the Narragansett Tribe to put a casino in an area of their
community designated for industrial growth, said they were prepared to pass a
resolution that would give exclusivity to Boyd Gaming Corp. (BYD), the company
selected by the Narragansetts as its partner in the casino project.
Questioning such a move are officials of Harrah’s
Entertainment Inc. (HET), whose lobbying efforts to supplant Boyd as the casino
developer, has shown increasing strength during the past month.
David Satz, a Harrah’s attorney, called the exclusivity
arrangement highly unusual compared to other states where gambling is legalized.
But it was noted that the particular issue was not covered by Rhode Island law.
Boyd has agreed to pay the town of West Warwick $25,000 per
quarter to assist the town with the financial and legal obligations it would
incur while doing the research relative to establishing the casino.