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Arbitration panel rules US tribe to pay the pending dues

Niji Narayan

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An arbitration panel ruled that the Seneca Nation tribe, which stopped honouring the revenue-sharing deal with New York after renewal of a contract in 2017, must pay the pending revenue share.

In 2017, the tribe stopped the payment arguing that a drafting omission had released them from their obligation to pay the revenue-sharing agreement. That moved them to stop paying the state’s share from the three gaming venues it operates in western New York, which would already amount to over US$100 million.

A three-member arbitration panel has ruled that the Seneca Nation wrongly halted more than $100 million in revenue-sharing payments to the state derived from the three gambling halls it operates in western New York.

“A majority of the Panel… supports the conclusion that ‘renewal’ means that the Compact was continued on the same terms and conditions that were in place immediately prior to expiration of the Compact’s initial term which entailed revenue sharing for exclusivity,” the ruling argues. “To conclude otherwise and interpret ‘renew’ to mean that the Nation gets exclusivity without sharing revenue would render several provisions of the Compact meaningless, ignore the purpose of the Parties’ agreement, challenge common sense and produce a commercially unreasonable result.”

According to Kevin Washburn, a University of New Mexico Law School professor, former Interior Department official and the member of the panel chosen by the tribe (voted against), the decision “rewrites the Compact in a way that harms the Nation and provides an unjustified windfall to the State.”

Seneca Nation President Rickey Armstrong added: “While we know we are right on the law, we also knew that making that argument to an arbitration panel gave no assurance of an opinion in our favor. As is often the case, the Courts, and apparently arbitration panels, do not always decide cases on the law, even their law. We have prepared for this circumstance, and, now that the panel has issued its opinion, we will take the appropriate time to review and respond to the opinion, and move forward.”

Niji Narayan has been in the writing industry for well over a decade or so. He prides himself as one of the few survivors left in the world who have actually mastered the impossible art of copy editing. Niji graduated in Physics and obtained his Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism. He has always interested in sports writing and travel writing. He has written for numerous websites and his in-depth analytical articles top sports magazines like Cricket Today and Sports Today. He reports gaming industry headlines from all around the globe.

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Foxwoods Resort Casino Reports 12% Decline in April Slot Revenue

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Foxwoods Resort Casino has reported slot revenue of $36.2 million for April 2019. This figure is down 12.1% compared to $41.2 million in April 2018.

Foxwoods kicked April off with the property’s new designated ambassador David Ortiz and the home-run gaming promotion Big Papi’s Favourite Things. From 12 April through 30 May, guests simply play their favourite casino games using their Foxwoods Rewards card to participate. For every two points earned, players receive one entry into the drawing for a chance to win prizes ranging from $500 in bonus slot play to the grand prize trip for two to the Dominican Republic to attend Big Papi’s Charity Golf Tournament.

April also brought excitement to the Grand and Fox Theatre stages, including the return of the Foxwoods Broadway Series as it celebrated the 10th anniversary tour of Rock of Ages.

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Philadelphia State Regulators Impose Fine on SugarHouse Casino

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The Philadelphia state regulators have imposed a fine of $17,500 on SugarHouse casino for serving 17 free drinks to a gambler over an eight-hour period.

According to the officials, the patron was playing Pai Gow, a table game with Chinese tiles similar to blackjack, and he was visibly intoxicated while gambling.

As per the casino’s consent agreement with the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, it wasn’t until the gambler couldn’t hold up his head anymore that a supervisor stopped him from getting more drinks and summoned security.

An altercation occurred as the patron was evicted from the casino, and he was arrested for public drunkenness. SugarHouse agreed to retrain and discipline the beverage servers in addition to the fine.

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Legislators from Gaming States to Examine Sports Betting at NCLGS Summer Meeting, July 12-14 in Minneapolis

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When the Summer Meeting of the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States begins, there will be a full year of results from two states and many months’ of results from at least four other states in the post-PASPA world of legal sports betting. The results and lessons from these early adopters will be the focus of the Committee on Emerging Forms of Gaming when NCLGS holds its Summer Meeting, July 12-14 at the Radisson Blu Downtown.

The Committee, chaired by Indiana Senator Jon Ford, will hear from the following experts:

  • Kevin Braig, Partner, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick LLP
  • Steve Geller, NCLGS Legal Advisor and Principal, Geller Law Firm
  • Nicole Metzgar-Schall, Corporate Counsel, Sportradar
  • Dan Spillane, Senior Vice President, League Governance & Policy, National Basketball Association

Aspects of sports betting will be also be central to other NCLGS Summer Meeting committee sessions and panels, including the Committee on Responsible Gaming, the Committee on Lotteries, the Committee on State-Federal Relations, and an International Masters of Gaming Law Masterclass.

“Being from Indiana, a state that has just passed sports betting, our focus is on making sure that the state benefits in the best way possible for our constituents. It is our job to get this right,” said Senator Ford, who is also a NCLGS officer. “We can learn from where other states have gotten it right and when they might have stumbled. We can get ahead of the curb thanks to those who came before us and gave us the blueprint.”

The three-day NCLGS Summer Meeting agenda includes:

  • Six legislative committee sessions: Casinos, Emerging Forms of Gaming, Indian Gaming, Lotteries, Responsible Gaming, and State-Federal Relations
  • Keynote Luncheon Address: “The Next Five Years of Gaming,” by Timothy Wilmott, CEO, Penn National Gaming, and Chairman, American Gaming Association
  • Two IMGL Masterclass panels conducted by the International Masters of Gaming Law focusing on state lottery technology and the multiple crossover regulatory and legal issues
  • Special general session panel examining gaming’s evolution toward entertainment
  • Thursday evening cocktail reception
  • Friday evening welcome reception
  • Saturday afternoon tour of Sportradar offices

To view the agenda, register, and book rooms at the host hotel at special attendee rates, visit http://www.nclgs.org/meetings.html.

 

Source: National Council of Legislators from Gaming States

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