Applicants Won’t Pursue Litigation in Prince George’s Casino License Award Decision
The Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency (MLGCA) today announced that Prince George’s County casino license applicants Prince George’s Racing Ventures, LLC (PGRV) and Maryland Racing, LLC will not oppose the award of the license to MGM National Harbor. The license, which was awarded on December 20, 2013, was the culmination of a seven-month vetting process that was led by the Video Lottery Facility Location Commission (VLFLC) with assistance by the MLGCA.
The two state organizations developed a plan to ensure that the process was thorough, informative and inclusive. In an effort to promote transparency and avoid questions of impropriety, all meetings were open to the public and streamed live on the Internet. All consultant reports and relevant documents were posted on the website at gaming.mdlottery.com. Marylanders were also provided with an email address to voice their concerns and were invited to attend several community forums in which they could express their opinions to the VLFLC.
“It was important that the process was fair, thorough and transparent every step of the way,” said MLGCA Director Stephen Martino. “We are pleased that the people of Maryland were able to participate fully and will benefit from the projected economic development in the state.”
VLFLC Chairman Donald C. Fry said, “The Commission took extraordinary steps to ensure that the awarding of a casino license in Prince George’s County was consistent with the criteria established by the legislature. On behalf of the Commission, I am pleased that the applicants that were not selected felt that the award process was fair and balanced and there was no reason to challenge the Commission’s decision.”
Both PGRV and Maryland Racing, LLC recently signed a “Release and Covenant Not to Sue,” ending their ability to pursue litigation over the award of the Prince George’s County license. The Applicants’ Litigation/Protest Bond, which was submitted by PGRV and Greenwood in the amount of $500,000 each, was returned to them along with the initial license fees of $18,000,000 and $28,500,000.