At the urging of the New York State Racing and Wagering Board, the New York Racing Association July 29—opening day of the Saratoga meet--authorized restoration of its televised signal to the in-home distribution network of Nassau Regional Off-Track Betting Corp.
NYRA and Nassau Regional OTB have been at odds for months. NYRA claims Nassau Regional OTB was pirating its signal for Internet use; OTB officials contend that’s not the case. The matter ended up in court.
“I asked NYRA to turn on the signal because doing so is in the best interest of racing fans in Nassau County,” NYSRWB chairman John Sabini said in a statement accompanying a release issued by NYRA. “Because of NYRA’s cooperation, fans can now enjoy watching racing in their homes and will be able to catch the world's most exciting action being featured throughout the Saratoga Thoroughbred meet.”
Sabini said the NYSRWB would “continue to monitor and review the situation.”
NYRA pulled its signal from Nassau Regional OTB June 3 during the Belmont Park spring meet.