If you want a blood transfusion schmooze a local state lobbyist. It’ll make you flush in more ways than one. As the Hartford Courant’s Jon Lender reports, there’s serious scratch to be made in the form of expanded gaming and sports betting, many of them a roster of government lobbyists involving Bridgeport interests.
Among the entities paying lobbysts:
MGM, Mashantucket Pequot Tribe/Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, MMCT Venture, LLC, Caesar’s, Sportech, Shoreline Star, FanDuel and DraftKings, MLB, NBA, PGA, NFL
Connecticut’s considerable cadre of government-influencing operatives have landed contracts totaling nearly $2 million this year to lobby state legislators and executive branch officials about who gets to operate an expected new sports wagering program, how it would work and who wins the ongoing struggle over construction of a commercial casino on non-tribal land in East Windsor or Bridgeport.
There’s money to be made, and there are interests to protect, as legalized gambling keeps expanding its reach into every corner of Connecticut. Gamblers soon may be able to bet on their mobile phones on not only the outcome of a major league baseball game–but also, within the game, on whether the next pitch is a strike or ball, or a fastball or curve.
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