An earlier version of this post incorrectly described Saratoga’s partnerships with local entertainment venues. They are not non-competes.
Update: Saratoga Casino and Raceway provided a list of local entertainment venues it has partnerships with. They are the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, the Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center in Sugar Loaf, the Paramount Theatre in Middletown, Just Off Broadway in the City of Newburgh and the Shadowland Theatre in Ellenville.
The Upstate Theater Coalition for a Fairgame has inked agreements on casino entertainment plans with four Hudson Valley/Catskill region state gaming license applicants.
Those applicants are Empire Resorts in Thompson, Greenetrack in New Windsor, the Nevele Resort in the town of Wawarsing, and Genting Americas, proposing gaming resorts in the towns of Montgomery and Tuxedo.
The applicants’ agreements with Fairgame describe the size and scope of the casino entertainment plans and detail joint booking agreements which allow both the casinos and Fairgame members access to performers on tour.
Fairgame is a group of municipal and not-for-profit live entertainment venues, including the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, UPAC in Kingston and the Baradvon in Poughkeepsie. It formed last year to protect entertainment venues from unfair competition from casinos, according to a press release. Casinos in Las Vegas and Atlantic City offer shows and performers like Cirque du Soleil and Donnie and Marie Osmond.
In a prepared statement, Fairgame Chairman Philip Morris said that the group was not able to reach an agreement with a number of the casino applicants. Those are Penn National Gaming and Cordish Companies, in South Blooming Grove, Saratoga Casino and Raceway in the Town of Newburgh, the Mohegan Sun proposal in Thompson and Caesars’ Entertainment in Woodbury.
Fairgame hopes to continue conversations with those developers, according to a press release.