As the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield kicked off its enshrinement festivities Thursday Mohegan Sun casino is figuring in prominently as a host to some of the events. This comes despite the possibility a casino operated by MGM will open nearby.
Mohegan Sun had a large role in a press conference introducing this year’s hall of famers. The president of its flagship casino resort in Connecticut, Bobby Soper, told the gathering: “”We’re happy to have a hand in creating this unique and memorable event celebration of some of the greatest people to have ever been involved the sport of basketball.”
If there is any concern about the 8-year old partnership between the Mohegan Sun and Basketball Hall of Fame coming to an end if a casino is built in Springfield, neither side is showing it. Hoop Hall head John Doleva says the latest agreement extends through 2016.
“We’re doing the third night of the three nights of enshrinement down there,” Doleva says. “We’re doing multiple collegiate events. They’ve been awesome partners and I anticipate that we will remain partners with them as we go forward.”
Of course, whether a casino is built near the Hall of Fame will be left up to voters this November, who will decide if the state’s gaming law will be repealed.