Three thousand jobs.
That’s the promise MGM made the city of Springfield in order to get the license to build its $1 billion resort in Springfield. It’s a number memorialized in MGM Resorts International’s host community agreement with the city.
But it’s just not realistic, said MGM Resorts International CEO and President William Hornbuckle Friday after an hour-long meeting with Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and others.
Hornbuckle was invited to Springfield by a concerned Sarno and City Council Casino Oversight Committee Chairman Michael Fenton. His trip coincides with MGM’s hosting of the Red Sox Winter weekend Friday and Saturday and comes about a week before MGM opens its legal sports book on the property Jan. 31, part of Massachusetts’ foray into legal sports gambling.