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Nine-Stop Racing-on-TV 'Tour' Announced

Nine-Stop Racing-on-TV 'Tour' Announced

Nine live racing telecasts that are part of the "The Jockey Club Tour on FOX" will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 from early February through mid-September, the partners in the project announced Jan. 20.

Betfair Has Hopes for U.S. Exchange Betting

Betfair wants to establish a worldwide betting exchange that includes the United States, but will focus its U.S. efforts for now on strengthening its newest acquisition, the TVG horse racing network, an official with the London-based wagering conglomerate said recently.

TVG, NYRA Reach Signal Agreement

TVG, NYRA Reach Signal Agreement

TVG and the New York Racing Association have reached a two-year agreement on the distribution of NYRA signals, allowing Aqueduct programming to return to the horse racing network Jan. 3.

TVG and Los Alamitos Renew Contract

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TVG and Los Alamitos Renew Contract

TVG announced Dec. 17 that it had reached agreement with Los Alamitos Race Course to extend its exclusive arrangement for television and account wagering with the Orange County, Calif. track for an additional 10 years.

TVG Content Available Through Hulu

TVG Content Available Through Hulu

TVG announced March 13 it has entered into a partnership to make horseracing programming from TVG Broadband, a new imprint offering digitized video for online media, available through Hulu's online video service, www.Hulu.com.

Youbet Shut Out From Gulfstream

Youbet Shut Out From Gulfstream

A contentious standoff over Gulfstream Park's racing signal has brought a chilling end to any warm fuzzies felt from the recent broad distribution deals emerging out of California, New Jersey, and New York.

Role of TV in ADW to Be Examined

The impact of television on account wagering will be watched closely during an experiment in California that began Nov. 7 with the opening of Golden Gate Fields and Hollywood Park.

California Approves License for TwinSpires.com

As California continues to wrestle with improving advance deposit wagering, the state welcomed a new provider. TwinSpires.com was awarded an ADW license Oct. 18, making it the fourth company to offer home computer betting on horse racing in the state.

Commentary: Battle Lines

Commentary:  Battle Lines

By Evan I. Hammonds - Advance deposit wagering, which most sources agree accounts for about 10% of handle on Thoroughbred racing, is the sport's latest battleground.

TVG to Sponsor Longacres Mile, Purse Boosted

The Longacres Mile (gr. III), the most important race in the Pacific Northwest since its inception in 1935, will be sponsored by TVG in 2007 and include Breeders' Cup incentives with a record $400,000 purse.

TVG Expands Programming Delivery to Dubai, Saudi Arabia

TVG May 9 announced that it reached an agreement with Dubai Sports Channel to significantly increase international exposure for American Thoroughbred horseracing by making the programming available to more than eight million homes across the Arabian Peninsula.

Louisiana HBPA Says No to TVG Exclusive Deal

The Louisiana Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association has decided not to consent to the sending of the signal from Evangeline Downs Racetrack & Casino to TVG under the current exclusive arrangement between the track and racing network.

Exclusivity is Right

By David Nathanson - The question is not whether horse racing needs television (it clearly does), but rather how we can improve our television coverage while distributing it to the widest possible audience to attract new fans and incremental wagering revenue.

TVG Launches Fantasy Horseracing Game

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TVG has launched a year-round fantasy horseracing game on its website, TVG.com, and on Foxsports.com, the network announced Nov. 30. TVGfantasy.com will offer fans the opportunity to own and manage their own virtual stable consisting of horses, trainers, and jockeys. The site went live Thursday, Nov. 30, with game play beginning Dec. 26.

TVG Sets Breeders' Cup Day Handle Record

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TVG processed a record-setting $6,708,450 in wagers, including $4,815,799 in wagering on the eight Breeders' Cup World Championships events, Nov. 4 from Churchill Downs.

TVG Announces Launch of Educational Site

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TVG announced Oct. 25 that it has launched TVGfree.net, an innovative educational Web site designed to cultivate new horseracing fans and give them a chance to compete for free.

Account-Bet Dispute Lingers; CHRB May Act

The simmering dispute between the organization representing California's horse owners and the racing television and wagering network TVG appeared unlikely to be resolved heading into the Oct. 26 meeting of the California Horse Racing Board.

TVG, California Horsemen Deadlock Over Hub Fees

Account wagering in California remains mired in a dispute between horsemen and TVG over setting hub fees, officials from both sides told the California Horse Racing Board on Aug. 17, with no guarantee the stalemate will be resolved soon.

TVG, FOXSports.com Announce Content Deal

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In a move designed to increase promotion of horseracing in digital media, TVG Network and FOX Interactive Media announced Feb. 7 a new partnership for horseracing content on Fox Sports Interactive, a leading destination for sports fans on the Internet.

Gary Stevens Retires; To Join TVG as Analyst

Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens announced his retirement from riding Friday, but will not be leaving the sport. In a Churchill Downs press conference, Stevens said he would be joining the Television Games Network (TVG) as a racing analyst.

Former Fox Executive Joins TVG

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David Nathanson has been appointed senior vice president and general manager of TVG, the interactive horseracing network owned by Gemstar-TV Guide International.

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