Mohegan Sun Welcomes Divine Singer Melinda Doolittle

One of the most talented and vibrant singers to ever come out of a reality show will be at Mohegan Sun for a free performance and signing on January 31st

UNCASVILLE, CT (January 12, 2009)— Mohegan Sun, along with The Shops at Mohegan Sun and Spin Street, prepares for another exciting live music event.  Mohegan Sun will welcome the popular contestant Melinda Doolittle on Saturday, January 31st in The Shops concourse at Mohegan Sun for a live performance at 3:00pm, followed by a signing event by SolToro Tequila Grill at 3:30pm.

This special event will feature a live, free performance in The Shops concourse at Mohegan Sun, followed by a CD and merchandise signing.  Doolittle will be autographing copies of her debut album Coming Back To You. 

Truth be told, Melinda Doolittle almost didn’t make it to the auditions for the season six reality show.  Persuaded at the last minute by a couple of friends who would be auditioning as well, Doolittle agreed and it proved to be a decision she wouldn’t soon forget.  Her initial audition received notable praise by the famous judges and she would go on to take third place in a popular season that saw the winner and runner-up places go to Jordin Sparks and Blake Lewis; although all three judges exalted her as one of the greatest singers in the history of the show.  Her debut album Coming Back To You is set to hit shelves Tuesday, February 3rd but will be available early on the day of this event on Saturday, January 31st, exclusively in Spin Street located in The Shops at Mohegan Sun.   Coming Back to You is a highly-anticipated album which will showcase Doolittle’s wondrous vocals reworking some of Soul, R&B and Pop music’s most timeless songs.

Mohegan Sun, owned by the Mohegan Tribe, is one of the largest, most distinctive and spectacular entertainment, gaming, shopping and meeting destinations in the United States.  Situated on 240 acres along the Thames River in scenic southeastern Connecticut, Mohegan Sun is within easy access of New York, Boston, Hartford and Providence and located 15 minutes from the museums, antique shops and waterfront of Mystic Country.  More information is available by calling 1.888.226.7711 or visiting mohegansun.com.

Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority Announces Cost Reductions That Do Not Include Layoffs

The Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority (“MTGA” or the “Authority”) announced today a series of cost reduction initiatives to be implemented at its flagship property, Mohegan Sun, in Uncasville, Connecticut, as a result of the continuing economic slowdown.

In a continued effort to maintain its record of no employee layoffs, something that has been accomplished due to long-standing financial success since opening in 1996, the MTGA Management Board is implementing alternative cost saving initiatives that will better align the Authority’s cost structure with the current economic environment while ensuring minimal impact on the guest experience.

Effective February 1, 2009, all Mohegan Sun employees, including senior management, and its Connecticut affiliates, will have salary rollbacks of 10 percent for Vice Presidents and above, 7.5 percent for middle management and 4 percent for all line and hourly employees. Other actions include suspension of all annual and merit-based compensation increases as well as employer-matched 401K contributions.

The Authority is also implementing a number of other initiatives to reduce operating expenses, including marketing efficiencies, reducing hours of operations in some outlets, and working with all business partners and service providers to increase cost-effectiveness.

“These are difficult times for the entire Mohegan family,” said Bruce “Two Dogs” Bozsum. “Sacrifices are being made by the employees of Mohegan Sun, our Tribal Government, and by the members of our Tribe. I am confident we will weather this as we always have, together, and be stronger for it.”

“Due to unprecedented market conditions, the Authority has been forced to make a number of difficult, but necessary, decisions to reduce our operating costs,” said Mitchell Etess, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mohegan Sun. “However, we are determined to remain the leader in our industry without compromising our core values and clear competitive advantages.”

Mr. Etess added, “In addition to respect for our employees, we also have a responsibility to our banking partners, bondholders and stakeholders who continually support our vision. We are confident that we are taking the appropriate measures to improve our financial results and grow our existing market share advantage over competitors.” 

About the Authority
The Authority is an instrumentality of the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut (the “Tribe”), a federally recognized Indian tribe with an approximately 507-acre reservation situated in southeastern Connecticut, adjacent to Uncasville, Connecticut. The Authority has been granted the exclusive power to conduct and regulate gaming activities on the existing reservation of the Tribe, including the operation of Mohegan Sun, a gaming and entertainment complex that is situated on a 185-acre site on the Tribe’s reservation. Through its subsidiary, Downs Racing, L.P., the Authority also owns and operates Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, a gaming and entertainment facility offering slot machines and harness racing in Plains Township, Pennsylvania and several off-track wagering facilities located elsewhere in Pennsylvania.

The Tribe’s gaming operation at Mohegan Sun is one of only two legally authorized gaming operations in New England offering traditional slot machines and table games. Mohegan Sun currently operates in an approximately 3.1 million square-foot facility, which includes the Casino of the Earth, Casino of the Sky, Casino of the Wind, The Shops at Mohegan Sun, a 10,000-seat Mohegan Sun Arena, a 350-seat Cabaret Theatre, 100,000 square feet of meeting and convention space and the approximately 1,200-room luxury Sky Hotel Tower. The Casino of the Wind opened on August 29, 2008, with approximately 65,000 square feet of additional gaming space and new dining and retail amenities. Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs opened Project Sunrise on July 17, 2008, a gaming and entertainment facility adjacent to the Phase I gaming facility. The combined facility now includes approximately 2,500 slot machines, several dining options, including a 300-seat buffet and a quick-serve dining area, six retail outlets, three bars/lounges, additional parking and bus amenities. More information about the Authority and its properties can be obtained by visiting www.mtga.com.

Special Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Some information included in this press release contains forward-looking statements. Such statements include information relating to business development activities, as well as capital spending, financing sources and the effects of regulation (including gaming and tax regulation) and increased competition. These statements can sometimes be identified by the use of forward-looking words such as “anticipate,” “expect,” and variations of such words and similar expressions. Such forward-looking information involves important risks and uncertainties that could significantly affect anticipated results in the future and, accordingly, such results may differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of the Authority. Additional information concerning potential factors that could affect the Authority’s financial results is included in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2008, as well as in its other reports and filings with the SEC. The forward-looking statements included in this press release are made only as of the date of this release. The Authority does not undertake any obligation to update or supplement any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances. The Authority cannot assure you that projected results or events will be achieved or will occur.

Mohegan Sun Ad Campaign Wins Top Honors in Several Industries

Mohegan Sun’s Could you use some Sun?TM campaign has been selected among the top advertising campaigns in both the gaming industry by the American Gaming Association and the travel and tourism industry by Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International.

 

The campaign, which launched in March of 2008 includes three new television commercials based on the songs Super Freak by Rick James, Hold the Line by Toto, and My Sharona by The Knack, and two radio commercials to the tunes of Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd and Walk Like an Egyptian by The Bangles. The campaign has also been incorporated into billboards, newspaper and digital advertising as well as on mohegansun.com.

 

The award-winning television campaign is part of Mohegan Sun’s over $20 million marketing effort to continually attract new visitors to Mohegan Sun and the Mystic Country region, and was created in partnership with Kirshenbaum Bond & Partners of New York.  It replaces Mohegan Sun’s Monologues campaign, which ran for over two years.

 

The campaign received the following top honors from the American Gaming Association Communication Awards:  “Best TV Advertising” for My Mohegan, and “Best Radio Advertising” for Sweet Home Mohegan.

 

In the travel and tourism industry, from the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International’s (HSMAI) Adrian Awards, Mohegan Sun was awarded: the Gold Award for “Best TV Spot” for At the Sun, which will be advanced to Platinum Award judging this month; Bronze for “Best TV Spot” for My Mohegan and Bronze for “Best Radio Spot” for Sweet Home Mohegan.

 

Mohegan Sun, owned by the Mohegan Tribe, is one of the largest, most distinctive and spectacular entertainment, gaming, shopping and meeting destinations in the United States.  Situated on 240 acres along the Thames River in scenic southeastern Connecticut, Mohegan Sun is within easy access of New York, Boston, Hartford and Providence and located 15 minutes from the museums, antique shops and waterfront of Mystic Country.  More information is available by calling 1.888.226.7711 or visiting mohegansun.com.