Upstate Theaters Want to Limit New Casino Venues

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -

A group of upstate arts and entertainment venues has asked the state for help protecting their ability to attract acts and audiences if voters approve a plan for four new casinos.

Marcia White, executive director of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, said they aren’t opposing casinos. But they’re concerned gambling facilities could outbid them for entertainers who would then be unavailable for up to a year because of exclusivity contracts.

The state Gaming Commission says it will work with the group on potential restrictions if voters approve more casinos on Nov. 5.