Dallas mayor pushes for City Council discussion regarding possible casino expansion

December 19, 2023
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A pending deal for Miriam Adelson to buy the Dallas Mavericks is currently in the works.

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson recently sat down with the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce and discussed the possible sale of the Dallas Mavericks to Las Vegas Sands’ Miriam Adelson for $3.5bn, according to an NBC DFS Channel 5 local report.

During the meeting, the mayor also mentioned that those who wish to see local casino gambling need to have conversations with the Dallas city council, along with the Texas legislature.

He told local news, "The folks I sit around the horseshoe with every day I can guarantee you are going to have to have a say in where you plop a casino in the City of Dallas. Or whether you get to plop a casino in the City of Dallas."

In recent years, both the Adelson and Dumont families have worked to bring casino gambling to the Lone Star State. Both families have spent millions of dollars to expand Texas gambling, according to the local report.

As part of the initiative, the Adelson and Dumont families have joined Cuban efforts to introduce resort-style casino gambling to Texas players.

To move forward with building a Dallas casino, the city would need to approve permits, along with road closures, construction and several procedures to build a large enough structure to house a casino.

Because Texas lawmakers have not moved to expand gambling around the state at this time, the mayor said he “remains skeptical if it will even get that far along.”

Before the sale to Miriam Adelson and her son-in-law Patrick Dumont can move forward, the purchase needs to be approved by the NBA. According to local news, approval is expected to happen later this week.

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