Mohegan Sun rebuts Boston host status
Says Suffolk Downs lease not a partnership
Mohegan Sun executives say they are eager to work cooperatively with Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, but insist his efforts to win host community status for their proposed casino are off base.
Walsh has asserted that Boston and Revere should both be host communities for the proposed Mohegan Sun casino at Suffolk Downs, just as they were for the original casino proposal of Suffolk Downs and Caesars Entertainment.
But Mitchell Etess, the CEO of Mohegan Sun , said his company’s proposed casino is located entirely in Revere while the earlier proposal encompassed both communities, particularly in terms of future expansion. Etess and Kevin Brown, the chairman of the Mohegan Tribal Council, met with CommonWealth on Wednesday.
Both Etess and Brown said they were puzzled by Walsh’s efforts to win host community status for Boston. Walsh supported the gambling legislation as a state representative, but many analysts believe his efforts to win host community status would, if successful, derail both the Mohegan Sun casino proposal in Everett and the proposed Wynn Resorts casino in Everett because of opposition in neighboring Boston communities.Brown and Etess said they have had a several positive meetings with the mayor, but none recently. “I can’t image a case where he’d want to try to derail it,” Brown said.
The proposed Mohegan Sun casino would be owned 60 percent by Brigade Capital Management of New York and 40 percent by Mohegan Sun.