Suffolk Downs Casino: Dailies Play the Numbers Game

The Boston Herald and the Boston Globe do casino-half-full/casino-half-empty in today’s editions.

The Globe:


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The story itself gives a more detailed set of numbers.

A Suffolk Downs casino would pay Boston at least $32 million annually — and potentially far more — while guaranteeing at least 4,000 permanent jobs and providing East Boston an upfront payment of $33.4 million, under an agreement signed Tuesday with Mayor Thomas M. Menino.

The deal includes provisions that would substantially increase the annual payment to the city if the casino is highly profitable. Under those provisions, the deal could be worth $52 million for Boston annually, based on projections from a city consultant that the resort would gross $1 billion per year in gambling revenue.


Crosstown, those eternally optimistic Heraldniks go for the big score:


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You need to go down to this graphic to get the more modest number.


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Then again, overstatement is pretty much the Herald’s business these days.


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