The Dallas Morning News
WinStar versus Winspear
In late 2015, The Dallas Morning News broke the story about the impact WinStar World Casino & Resort was having on Dallas-area concert venues, the Winspear
Opera House in particular. The lingering effect was and is considerable. Doug Curtis, president and CEO of the AT&T Performing Arts Center, which manages the Winspear, has acknowledged as much. And 2018 would appear to be no different. In coming weeks, the Oklahoma casino will lure to its Global Events Center such major comedy acts as Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Jefferies, Trevor Noah and Bill Maher. And that’s just comedy. It’s not hard to figure out why. Money is why. The casino would appear to have no shortage of it, whereas ATTPAC asked for and got from the Dallas City Council in 2016 the first of 10 annual payments of $1.5 million to pay down a capital debt that once loomed as high as $151 million.