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Fair Game lines up 3 deals

Two casino candidates not yet on board

Proctors in Schenectady is part of a coalition of arts and entertainment venues throughout the state looking to strike a deal with potential casino operators to protect the venues from competition.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Proctors in Schenectady is part of a coalition of arts and entertainment venues throughout the state looking to strike a deal with potential casino operators to protect the venues from competition.
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Three of the five developers pursuing a casino in the Capital Region signed an agreement with a coalition of entertainment venues across upstate New York. Developers with proposals in Cobleskill, Rensselaer and Schenectady reached an agreement with the Upstate Theater Coalition For A Fair Game, which is led by Proctors CEO Philip Morris. The deal ensures that the casinos do not compete with the arts venues. Developers with proposals in Amsterdam and East Greenbush did ...


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dagiacalone
July 2, 2014
7:03 a.m.

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Fair Game has also reached agreement with seven applicants in the two other Upstate regions where casino licenses will be granted in the Fall. Therefore, the "FairGame" Coalition (Concert Cartel?) may end up achieving joint booking and venue-size limitations, plus a revenue-sharing agreement with each of the 3 or 4 winning casinos. That could mean the equivalent of territorial exclusivity, and joint booking and ticket pricing, for each FairGame member, across all of the eastern portion of Upstate New York, plus midState locations such as Utica and Syracuse, and apparently stretching to their members in the Western end of the State.
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If their anticompetitive joint negotiations are not stopped under the antitrust laws, the members of the FairGame Coalition will be allowed to leverage the protection that the State meant to give local and regional entertainment venues from local casinos into a vast network of competition-killing promises among themselves and between each entertainment center and far-spread casinos covering several large regions, and perhaps all of Upstate New York. Will the NYS Attorney General step in to stop this anti-consumer power grab?
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For more analysis, including discussion of the inapplicability of the State Action Doctrine, go to
http://tinyurl.com/TenOfSeventeen

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