UPDATE: Mayor drops idea of slots at Sky Harbor

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UPDATE: Wednesday, July 22

Tribes opposed idea

PHOENIX -- It looks like travelers won't be gambling at Sky Harbor International Airport any time soon, if ever.

Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon said he's scrapping the idea of bringing slot machines to the airport.

The proposal faced serious opposition from Native American tribes, which run several casinos throughout the state.

They were concerned that the move would lead to legalizing gambling at Arizona race tracks and bars, hurting their own casino businesses.

In a letter to Maricopa County's tribes, Gordon pledged that he would not pursue the proposal.

The mayor had brought up the idea of slot machines at the airport as a way to help with the city's revenue problems.


PHOENIX - Mayor Phil Gordon has an idea to bring some extra cash to Phoenix and it may have you saying "viva Sky Harbor."

The mayor wants to explore the possibility putting slot machines in Sky Harbor airport.

The plan is just one of many proposals that a group will explore this summer.

That group's goal is come up with ways to bring in revenue without raising taxes.

If the plan goes into effect the city would team up with a Native American tribe and share the profits of the slots.