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Court of Special Appeals affirms ruling against slots license for BCEG

The Court of Special Appeals has affirmed a ruling in favor of the Maryland Video Lottery Facility Location Commission against Baltimore City Entertainment Group L.P., the sole but unsuccessful bidder for the Baltimore slots license in 2009.

BCEG challenged the slots commission’s decision to throw out its bid for a limited number of video lottery terminals after its financing fell through and its submission of a full $22.5 million license fee and final proposal were delayed.

BCEG “was an unsatisfactory bidder” and was “clearly unable” to maximize revenue by putting in the maximum number of video lottery terminals, Judge Robert A. Zarnoch wrote for the appellate panel.

The unreported opinion in the case, No. 0814, Sept. Term 2011, is available as RecordFax #12-0611-03 (15 pages).