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Brendan Bussmann quoted in the Las Vegas Review Journal

Las Vegas Strip hotels see drop in tourism

by Sabrina Schnur and Bailey Schulz

A torrent of canceled conventions, shows and special events slammed Las Vegas Strip casino operators for a second straight day Thursday as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, underscoring the pandemic’s blow to the valley’s tourism economy, its largest employers and hundreds of thousands of residents whose livelihoods depend on it.

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Brendan Bussmann quoted in Las Vegas Review Journal

Virus outbreak could alter Japan’s resort development calendar

by Richard N. Velotta

How will the next frontier for gaming, Japan, respond to the effects of the coronavirus?

While the next key steps in the process of licensing companies to build integrated resorts in Japan are still months away, it’s possible the rapidly spreading COVID-19 disease could affect the current timeline.

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Brendan Bussmann quoted in the Nevada Independent

Downtown Vegas casinos growing revenues and visitation from customers seeking a “vibrant” and “value-centric” experience

by Howard Stutz

Analysts cautioned that the construction of Circa Casino Resort in downtown Las Vegas would disrupt the market’s gaming results in 2019.  Gaming insiders said redevelopment of the Interstate 15-U.S. Highway 95 interchange – part of the Department of Transportation’s Project Neon – would impede downtown visitation throughout the year.

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Brendan Bussmann quoted on MassLive.com

As sports betting moves forward, bar owners in Western Massachusetts say they’re being left out

by Steph Solis

More than two dozen TV screens are crammed into the Rumbleseat sports bar, which sits on the corner of Springfield Street and Asinof Avenue in Chicopee.  Customers watch golf, baseball, football and other sports.  Sometimes they play Keno at the counter while sipping their beer.

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Brendan Bussmann quoted on SportsHandle.com

Washington On Cusp of Legalizing Sports Betting, But Not For Mobile Wagering

by Jill R. Dorson

With one more vote, and the stroke of a pen, Washington State will be the first to legalize sports betting in 2020.

Late Thursday night, the Senate approved ESHB 2638, a tribal-only sports betting bill that will not permit statewide mobile sports-wagering, in the face of heated objections by several lawmakers.  The 34-15 vote was a huge victory for the state’s tribes, but at least one card-room owner is threatening a legal challenge to what could be the country’s first sweeping tribal-only sports betting legislation.

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Becky Harris quoted in the Las Vegas Sun

Major Las Vegas construction expo to proceed as planned, albeit a sanitized version

by Bryan Horwath

When attendees arrive at the CONEXPO – CON/AGG construction trade show in Las Vegas this month, they’ll receive “no handshake” buttons and be greeted by signage emphasizing best hygiene practices.

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Brendan Bussmann quoted on GamingToday.com

What’s next for MGM?

by Chris Sieroty

Jim Murren’s announcement that he would step down as chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International before the end of his contract ends next year has set off speculation on Wall Street on who might replace him.

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Brendan Bussmann quoted in the Nevada Independent

Analyst: Murren’s departure from MGM ‘brings to question’ company’s strategic direction
by Howard Stutz

The announcement that Jim Murren would step away as MGM Resorts International’s chairman and CEO before his employment agreement expires at the end of 2021 dominated Wednesday’s fourth quarter earnings conference call.

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Brendan Bussmann quoted in Las Vegas Review Journal

Chairman, CEO of MGM Resorts Jim Murren stepping down

by Bailey Schulz

After 22 years with the company and 12 years at the helm, MGM Resorts International chairman and CEO Jim Murren will be stepping down from both positions.

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Brendan Bussmann quoted on SportsHandle.com

Maine Senate Overrides Sports Betting Veto, Sets State on Path For Legal Wagering

by Jill R Dorson

In a state that is about as far East as possible in the U.S., the phrase “Wild Wild West” came up in Maine Thursday when the Senate overrode Governor Janet Mills’ veto of a bill to legalize sports wagering, 20-10.

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