Connecticut Sports Betting Agreement Inches Closer To Completion

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It sounds like an agreement to allow legal sports betting in Connecticut might be just days away.

Gov. Ned Lamont said negotiations with the Mashantucket Pequot are at the “one-tenth of [the] one-inch line” during a COVID-19 update Monday.

Lamont’s office previously announced a gaming expansion agreement with just the Mohegan Indians. An agreement with both tribal gaming operators is necessary to move forward with CT sports betting and iGaming.

That two-sided announcement left Mashantucket Pequot chairman Rodney Butler and others a bit upset, though it appears differences are nearly settled.

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There seem to be two disagreements that prevented the Mashantucket Pequot, which operates Foxwoods, from agreeing when the Mohegan did.

The first was a dispute over the iGaming tax, though that is now settled. Chief of Staff Paul Mounds said there is a “firm agreement” in place with all parties on that.

The Mashantucket Pequot brought up an unspecified second issue in negotiations, which the tribe is discussing with the Mohegan, Mounds said. Those talks should lead to “some progressive and very positive news,” he added.

“We look forward to be able to unveil the full plan in the coming days,” Mounds said.

Details of CT gaming expansion agreement

It is unclear what Mounds means by the “full plan” since the details were given when the governor’s office announced the agreement with the Mohegan:

“I wouldn’t say that it was one side or another” that won that negotiation, Mounds said.