Bridgeport leaders not giving up on city casino

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Bridgeport leaders say they are not giving up on their effort to bring a casino to the Park City.

They announced Tuesday that they will try again to sell state lawmakers on the idea.

"All we're looking for is for Bridgeport to have its time," says state Sen. Ed Gomes (D-Bridgeport). "And it's time for Bridgeport to have its time."

MGM wants to build a $700 million casino, hotel and entertainment complex on the Bridgeport waterfront. For that to happen, state lawmakers would have to let private companies bid on a casino license. That effort died last week in the state Senate.

State lawmakers are likely to return to Hartford for a special session on sports betting, during which time there may be a push to reconsider the Bridgeport casino.

Currently, Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun have exclusive rights to run casinos in Connecticut. They already have approval to open a third casino near Hartford. Breaking the exclusivity deal could cost the state $200 million in slots revenue.

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