Gaming Commission puts off consideration of Brockton casino
A gambling company wants state regulators to take another look at its Brockton casino plans, but state gaming commissioners decided Thursday they were just too busy this summer and largely put the issue off to September.
In the meantime, the Gaming Commission will oversee the opening of the state’s first resort casino, by MGM Resorts, in Springfield.
When the board ultimately gets back to the Brockton proposal and the broader issue of casino gambling in Southeastern Massachusetts, a host of questions raised by its staff will be waiting.
First among them: After years of sweeping changes and new casinos opening, what is the health of the gambling market? Also, what is the status of online gambling and sports betting? Can the job market provide enough employees for another casino? Are community agreements signed years ago still valid?
The Brockton proposal is backed by a partnership of the casino company Rush Street Gaming and businessman George Carney. They had proposed a $677 million casino at the Brockton Fairgrounds. In 2016, the commission voted 4-1 against awarding a resort casino license to the project. Commissioners at the time outlined concerns, including the potential that the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe would overcome legal hurdles and open a federally regulated tribal casino in nearby Taunton, which could saturate the market.
This past June, the principals behind the Brockton proposal asked that the commission reconsider the project.