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Brendan Bussmann quoted on MassLive.com

Massachusetts Senate’s economic development bill moves forward without proposal to legalize sports betting

by Steph Solis

Proponents of sports betting held out hope this month that Massachusetts lawmakers would pass legislation to legalize sports betting, possible as part of a multi-million-dollar economic development bill.

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Brendan Bussmann quoted in the Las Vegas Review Journal

Red Rock Resorts CEO unsure if Palms, Texas Station and others will reopen

by Bailey Schulz

It’s unclear when, or if, Station Casinos’ remaining closed properties will reopen.

Red Rock Resorts, the parent company of Station Casinos, had shuttered its 20 Nevada properties for nearly 80 days under state orders to help curb the spread of COVID-19.  The Palms, Texas Station, Fiesta Henderson and Fiesta Rancho have yet to open.

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Article by Clay Peister published in Inside Asian Gaming

Using strategic marketing to thrive after COVID

by Clay Peister

During a balmy Sunday afternoon last August, Zhang Wei, a paunchy middle-aged punter from Guangzhou, traveled to Macau for his monthly afternoon of baccarat and dim sum.  Within 40 minutes of crossing the border he had boarded a shuttle bus to his favorite property, redeemed an offer for HK$1,000 in free-play and settled in front of a table with a promising trend – a ritual which is both mindless and filled with excitement.

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Brendan Bussmann quoted at PlayUSA.com

Analysts: Nevada Can Learn From Other States, But Remains Sports Betting Capital

Nevada became the blueprint and the benchmark for every state considering legalizing sports betting when the Supreme Court made it a possibility with the repeal of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act in May of 2018.

Las Vegas was the sports betting capital of the world.  It was a tourist mecca.  Its regulatory structure represented what regulators in states with aspirations of creating legal sports betting economies considered the standard.

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Brendan Bussmann quoted in the Las Vegas Review Journal

Caesars execs to get pay raises as thousands furloughed or laid off

by Bailey Schulz

As thousands of furloughed or laid off Caesars workers worry about making ends meet, five company executives are set to receive pay raises.

Members of the company’s board of directors approved the raises Wednesday, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Brendan Bussmann quoted in CDC Gaming Reports

Sports betting legislation in Massachusetts halted despite high-powered backing

by Howard Stutz

Despite a quartet of proponents that included daily fantasy giants DraftKings and FanDuel, MGM Resorts International, and the Boston Red Sox, a push for legal sports betting in Massachusetts ended Wednesday night.

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Brendan Bussmann quoted at MassLive.com

Massachusetts Senate’s economic development bill moves forward without proposal to legalize sports betting

by Steph Solis

Proponents of sports betting held out hope this month that Massachusetts lawmakers would pass legislation to legalize sports betting, possibly as part of a multi-million-dollar economic development bill.

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Brendan Bussmann quoted in the Las Vegas Review Journal

Hornbuckle named new president, CEO of MGM Resorts

by Richard N. Velotta and Bailey Schulz

MGM Resorts International executive Bill Hornbuckle has had the ‘acting’ removed from his title: He’s now officially the company’s president and CEO.

The company announced Wednesday afternoon that after a nationwide search, MGM’s board of directors concluded that Hornbuckle was the right person to succeed Jim Murren, who stepped down as chairman and CEO earlier this year.  Hornbuckle has held the acting president and CEO title since March.

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Article by Brendan Bussmann published in Global Gaming Business Magazine

Southern Exposure

by Brendan D. Bussmann

The United States hosts a diverse set of gaming options from coast to coast.  The gaming-rich Northeast continues to be dominated by strong regional destination casinos such as Encore Boston Harbor, Mohegan Sun, Borgata and Wind Creek Bethlehem.  The Midwest remains the focus of the riverboat gaming.  Tribal gaming also prevails across the country from North Carolina to Oklahoma and all along the West Coast.

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Brendan Bussmann quoted in the Las Vegas Review Journal

CES cancels 2021 in-person Las Vegas show, moves online

by Bailey Schulz and Richard N. Velotta

Any hope for tens of thousands of heads in beds in Las Vegas resorts for CES 2021 have officially be laid to rest.

CES, the massive technology show that kicks of Las Vegas conventions every year, will have an exclusively digital format in 2021, the sponsoring Consumer Technology Association announced Tuesday.

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