Casinos look to block other venues if sports betting becomes legal

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STAMFORD -

Places like Bobby V's in Stamford are hoping to cash in if sports betting becomes legal in Connecticut, but Connecticut's two casinos are saying not so fast.

Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun sent a letter to lawmakers stating they have exclusive rights to sports betting because of their deal to operate casinos in the state.

The casinos are threatening to stop making $250 million in slot payments to the state if sports betting were to be allowed elsewhere.

"The attorney general and many of us here don't exactly agree with that," said Connecticut House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz in response. "But, I'd rather have conversations than say 'You know what? OK, you'll stop paying us the money for the compact, and then we'll tell you, you can't have slot machines at all."

State lawmakers have nine days to act on sports betting.

This is all contingent on if the United States Supreme Court allows sports betting nationwide. That ruling should come down in June.

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