Going into (Thursday), I - we all - thought that's what we're going to be hearing, that they had a date for us.
We were all caught off guard a little bit. One question I never got to ask Art (McMaster) was 'when did you come to this conclusion' In hindsight, maybe the fact that we hadn't gotten a date yet should have suggested something. But I think we all thought we were working to keep it here.
We need to stop saying we're going to become like Las Vegas, because we're not. We don't have the weather, we don't have the air service, we don't have the physical space to accommodate 130,000 hotel rooms. Vegas is just on a different scale.
I think there's certainly a realization that if we were going to not only maintain our market share, but grow our market share, we need to give people a compelling reason to come to Atlantic City.
I'm not saying we should dominate the new game, but the Boardwalk should be one of the stops. Sure, put in the Statue of Liberty and Disney World and other places, but it's a slight to not have the Atlantic City boardwalk as one of the stops.
Again, we knew they were in default, but it wasn't something we were going to blow up the contract for. We thought we could make it work.
They were technically in breach then, too, because they didn't have a network contract. I don't think anybody would argue that CMT is comparable to a network.
They were technically in breach then, too, because they didn't have a network contract, ... I don't think anybody would argue that CMT is comparable to a network.
Certainly, events like Miss America are valuable to the community. But overall, I think we've moved on.
It was a sad day for the city she's been a fabric of this community for nearly 85 years.
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