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Connecticut Nearly Has a Deal On Sports Betting

Steven Senne

A deal to allow online gambling and sports betting in Connecticut is imminent, according to Governor Ned Lamont, a long-delayed plan involving the state’s two Native American tribes.

Lamont told reporters the state is at the one tenth of one inch line. His chief of staff Paul Mounds said an announcement could come in the next few days.

“Any negotiation, all parties gotta come to a conclusion on it … At the end of the day, a global agreement on gaming is a win for the Connecticut taxpayer. There’s always a lot of give and take that has to do with a negotiation of this magnitude,” Mounds said.

The state originally planned to move forward with only the Mohegan tribe, who operate Mohegan sun. They’ve since resolved a disagreement with the Mashantucket Pequot tribe, who operates the Foxwoods casino. The tribe wanted a slightly lower state tax on online gaming. Mounds didn’t say in whose favor the dispute was resolved.

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Davis Dunavin loves telling stories, whether on the radio or around the campfire. He fell in love with sound-rich radio storytelling while working as an assistant reporter at KBIA public radio in Columbia, Missouri. Before coming back to radio, he worked in digital journalism as the editor of Newtown Patch. As a freelance reporter, his work for WSHU aired nationally on NPR. Davis is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism; he started in Missouri and ended up in Connecticut, which, he'd like to point out, is the same geographic trajectory taken by Mark Twain.

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