July 8, 2015 |
Cordish Cos., a Baltimore developer slated to build a casino in South Philadelphia's Stadium District, has been dogged by allegations of racial discrimination against African American guests at nightclubs it runs in Kansas City, Mo.; and Louisville, Ky. Complaints have centered on discriminatory enforcement of dress codes, but also included allegations that managers of Cordish properties paid white men to pick fights with African Americans to...
July 6, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - The perennial question here for this Fourth of July weekend was whether there were enough nongaming attractions to entertain visitors after the closure of four Boardwalk casinos last year rocked this resort. The answer Saturday seemed to be a resounding "yes" among those who strolled the Boardwalk, entered the new Playground shopping/entertainment complex owned by Bart Blatstein, filled most restaurants in town, sprawled along the beach, and shopped to their hearts' content along the nine-block outlet mall called Tanger Outlets The Walk.
July 3, 2015 |
It seemed to Philadelphia Art Commission members a curious notion: SugarHouse Casino was asking for approval to finance a documentary and annual film festival to meet its mandate to invest in public art. Members were receptive Wednesday, but had questions: How does a $100,000 film about the history of Philadelphia as a onetime motion picture mecca constitute public art? How, unlike the LOVE statue, would it be visible to the public? Would such a project endure for years? "What assurances has the city . . . that this is going to be lasting?"
June 14, 2015 |
Until the last minute, Philadelphia NAACP president Rodney Muhammad was set to denounce a developer who intends to build a casino in South Philadelphia. Muhammad was to star at a City Hall news conference Thursday to release a report on alleged racist practices by Baltimore-based Cordish Cos. He decided not to attend, he said Friday, after receiving a call from Mayor Nutter, who said they needed to talk, and a second call from national NAACP officials. Without Muhammad's presence, the news conference, organized by Jason Ortiz, a managing director with consulting firm Metropolitan Public Strategies of New York, unraveled.
June 14, 2015 |
The Borgata is taking its customers to a place they haven't usually been directed to: outside. On Saturday, on what was a small patch of grass sandwiched between two parking garages and a surface lot, the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa will open Festival Park, a laid-back outdoor concert venue. The kick-off event, with a low price tag ($20, meant to build buzz), features bands with ties to New Jersey (Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes) and Philadelphia (the Hooters, G. Love and Special Sauce)
June 13, 2015 |
TRENTON - State Senate President Stephen Sweeney is facing growing political pressure to allow legislation to proceed that would ask voters in November to decide whether to expand casino gambling beyond Atlantic City. Yet Sweeney (D., Gloucester), who has the authority to decide which bills are posted for a vote, does not appear willing to budge. High-ranking North Jersey Democrats, including Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto of Hudson County and Senate Budget Chairman Paul Sarlo of Bergen County, support a ballot question this year.
June 12, 2015 |
Only in Pennsylvania: Gamblers would not be allowed to register online to open Internet gambling accounts unless they live more than 20 miles away as the crow flies from a bricks-and-mortar casino. Any closer, and they would have to travel to a casino and register in person, under the provisions of a Senate bill in Harrisburg calling for big changes to the state's gambling landscape. The goal is to give the brick-and-mortar casinos a better chance to tap into their local target audience.
June 6, 2015 |
Republican lawmakers in Harrisburg are contemplating a raft of changes to the state's casino gambling law, including one that could benefit Ira Lubert's Valley Forge Casino Resort, as they work through a difficult budget. They are also resurrecting discussion of legalizing Internet gambling, although that appears to be a long shot. "I think the thing driving this, more than anything, is the need for money to settle a budget, where there's not a lot of people who want to vote for a tax increase," State Sen. Tommy Tomlinson (R., Bucks)
June 3, 2015 |
TRENTON - New Jersey lawmakers introduced legislation Monday that would ask voters to amend the constitution to allow the state to expand gaming to North Jersey. The amendment, which would permit the establishment of up to three casinos in Essex, Bergen, and Hudson Counties, would require legislative approval before going to voters on the general election ballot. The constitution currently restricts gaming to Atlantic City, where four casinos closed last year amid competition in Pennsylvania, New York, and elsewhere.
May 29, 2015 |
Mike Bowman, chief executive of Valley Forge Casino Resort, will become president of the Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board, where he has been chairman, the Upper Merion Township casino announced Wednesday. Bowman, a veteran of the casino industry who got his start in Atlantic City, plans to step down June 15, the announcement said. Until the casino, which is controlled by investor Ira Lubert, replaces Bowman, chief financial officer Alex Figueras and chief marketing officer Jennifer Galle will oversee the property.