Sports betting could boost XL Center and downtown Hartford with new gambling venue

“The point is that to the extent there are alternatives for sports gaming or sports book off the reservations, it will be limited, so the thought process for Hartford and Bridgeport is that those become destinations,” Hartford Democrat Matt Ritter, Speaker of the state House of Representatives, said. “For Hartford, in particular, because we have a lot of athletics there — UConn, hockey, other activities — it’s a good combination. There is some synergy there.”

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