Murren was born and raised in Connecticut, but now his company is suing the Nutmeg State for allowing two Native American tribes to compete to build a satellite gaming operation off tribal land near the Massachusetts border. MGM Resorts is building an $850 million casino resort in Springfield, Massachusetts, in part to draw from the Connecticut market, and Murren said the governor of Connecticut is breaking state law by allowing a satellite operation to proceed without a competitive bidding process.
"This is how ridiculous this is," he said, getting heated. "We've got two tribes that have made a gazillion dollars operating a duopoly in Connecticut, and at the whiff of competition ... their first reaction is, 'Let's just grant a concession to two Native American tribes to build some slot box on the border of Connecticut and Massachusetts without even a bid.'"
Murren mocked the proposed satellite operation — "It's a shopping center, that's sexy" — while still insisting it could threaten his company's massive investment. "If the tribes want to put $850 million into their own resorts to make them better, game on. But instead, no, they just want to spend a couple hundred million dollars building some lame kind of slot box with a few tables just to try to cut off some revenue, and the state thinks that's OK."