Since at least 2015, casino companies have sought to change Georgia law to legalize commercial gambling and allow the construction of large gaming resorts. These resorts would include entertainment facilities.
The problem is that casinos use live entertainment simply as a loss leader. Casinos discount tickets and overpay talent to draw people to the gaming floor where they make their real money. This distorts the free market. It impacts local venues’ ability to book talent and drives up the price their patrons pay, even if the venue is 60 miles from the casino.
We have seen these predatory practices destroy local venues in other states that have rushed to legalize commercial gambling.
We believe casino resorts with entertainment venues will have a detrimental impact on existing theatres, performing arts centers, arenas, and amphitheaters across Georgia.
The only solution that will protect Georgia’s arts and cultural facilities is to prohibit casinos from owning or operating an entertainment facility.