Stadium Casino Files Appeal Against Bally’s To Pennsylvania Supreme Court

Written By Corey Sharp on February 27, 2023
The PA Supreme Court began hearing appeals to decide the ownership of the Bally Casino location near State College.

Stadium Casino is filing an appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court against SC Gaming in the Nittany Mall Casino case.

Stadium Casino RE, LLC, owned by the Cordish Companies, isn’t backing down from Bally’s winning bid, owned by Ira Lubert.

There has been years of legal action between the two parties with no end in sight. Stadium Casino is accusing Lubert of having improper partners.

Nittany Mall Casino going to PA Supreme Court

Stadium Casino filed an appeal to ask the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to reverse the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board’s (PGCB) ruling. The PGCB awarded SC Gaming the license for the Category 4 casino.

Earlier this month, a court order from the Commonwealth ruled several issues as “ripe,” therefore, warranting further review.

Cyrus Pitri, Chief Enforcement Counsel with the Office of Enforcement Counsel (OEC), also requested that the board move forward with Lubert’s application. The PGCB granted Bally’s the license in January even though Stadium Casino intervened at the PGCB meeting.

It could take years to sort out after Stadium Casino’s latest legal action.

SC Gaming’s alleged improper partners

Lubert won the Category 4 PA mini-casino license from the PGCB with a bid of $10,000,101 in September 2020, though the bid has been in question because of Lubert’s alleged improper partners. Lubert’s partners do not have licenses in PA.

Mark Aronchick, attorney representing Stadium Casino, also said that Lubert brought in other interests on this project.

“They are people clearly who have interests that need to be looked at carefully as ownership interests,” Aronchick said in December. “Because if they are ownership interests, they weren’t allowed to bid, and they shouldn’t be in this project and this application shouldn’t be considered.”

Lubert has denied the allegations because he said he paid out of his own personal bank account.

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Corey Sharp is the Lead Writer at PlayPennsylvania bringing you comprehensive coverage of sports betting and gambling in Pennsylvania. Corey is a 4-for-4 Philly sports fan and previously worked as a writer and editor for the Philadelphia Inquirer and NBC Sports Philadelphia.

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