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Reports: Kraft lawyer drafted casino zoning plan

October 18, 2011

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass.—A lawyer for the Kraft Group, owners of the New England Patriots and Gillette Stadium, drafted zoning changes that could have allowed for a casino on property across from the stadium.

But the proposal was rejected by town selectmen and a spokesman for the Kraft family tells The Boston Globe ( http://bo.st/p4RUBN) that there are no current plans to seek a gambling facility at the site.

NFL rules prohibit teams from owning casinos.

Foxborough Town Manager Kevin Paicos said he asked the Kraft lawyer to draft the zoning changes, at the request of several unnamed developers.

The Sun Chronicle of Attleboro first reported the lawyer's role in drafting the proposed changes.

A bill to approve three casinos and one slots parlor in Massachusetts is nearing final approval in the Legislature.

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Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.boston.com/globe