New Hampshire Fisher Cats voice opposition to gambling
MANCHESTER - The New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Wednesday went public in strong opposition to casino gambling in New Hampshire.
The minor league baseball operation said through its president, Rick Brenner, that the team attracts fans from throughout New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts, "and the addition of a casino and entertainment venue in southern New Hampshire will place our team at great risk."
Brenner said in a letter to lawmakers, "The competition for discretionary income of people in our region, in tough economic times, is not easy. When you add a casino to the mix, it becomes incredibly more difficult.
"Across the country, minor league sports teams that are forced to compete for the entertainment dollar with casinos do not fare well."
Brenner said the organization's goal since 2004 has bene to create a safe, affordable attraction for families and businesses."
He said the team's foundation has given "more than $2.5 million in cash, goods and services to thousands of non-profits.
"If a casino moves in, not only is out business threatened, but our ability to impact the community as well."
He also noted that the City of Manchester has made a "significant investment" in the team's ballpark, and, "A casino puts that investment in serious jeopardy."