British-based Betfair Group, which announced Jan. 27 it had completed its acquisition of TV Games Network from Macrovision for $50 million in cash consideration, is hopeful its new holding helps it make inroads in the United States market, which it has courted for years.
TVG will again broadcast the Eclipse Awards live, the network announced Jan. 12. The awards ceremony, honoring racing's champions of 2008, will be held Jan. 26 in Miami Beach, Fla.
Twelve episodes of a 30-minute show featuring the lives of seven jockeys during the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meet will air on Animal Planet beginning with a pair of shows Feb. 6.
ABC/ESPN reports that television ratings for its Oct. 24-25 telecasts of the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park rose slightly from 2007 figures. However, ratings remain far below those posted by NBC before ABC/ESPN took over the event in 2006.
TVG will air exclusive live, on-site coverage of various Breeders' Cup World Championships prep races, including the $500,000 Massachusetts Handicap Sept. 20. The race at Suffolk Downs is a Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" event.
TVG will offer exclusive live coverage of Big Brown as he makes his final prep for the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) in the $500,000 Monmouth Stakes Sept. 13 at Monmouth Park in New Jersey.
The attempt by the filly Peppers Pride to break the United States record for most consecutive victories in Thoroughbred racing will be broadcast live by TVG as part of its Labor Day weekend racing coverage from Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico.
ESPNews will televise the 49th running of the $500,000 Man o'War Stakes (gr. IT) July 12 at Belmont Park, featuring the turf debut of 2007 Horse of the Year Curlin.
The Breeders' Cup and ESPN announced June 2 that the Oct. 24-25 Breeders' Cup World Championships from Santa Anita Park will receive an unprecedented nine hours of live coverage including, for the first time, 2.5 hours of live coverage on ABC.
The Summit of Speed program at Calder Race Course in South Florida will be broadcast live with on-site coverage by HRTV July 12.
Big Brown's failed quest for a coveted Triple Crown drew in the television viewers. The Belmont Stakes (gr. I) broadcast on ABC from 6:15-7:15 p.m. EDT delivered a 10.5 overnight metered market rating, up 169% from last year's race (3.9).
HorseRacing TV has reached an agreement with Comcast Cable in the greater Chicago region for carriage of the 24-hour horseracing network beginning April 30, just in time for the Arlington Park meet.
NBC will present live coverage of a pair of grade I preps for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) when it airs the Santa Anita Derby and Wood Memorial live Saturday, April 5, from 5-6 p.m. ET.
For the third consecutive year, HRTV will provide complete, live on-site coverage of the Barretts sale of selected 2-year-olds in training from Fairplex Park in Pomona, Calif., March 12.
HorseRacing TV began showing races from Aqueduct Feb. 21 after being granted the non-exclusive rights to provide the New York Racing Association circuit to its viewers as the result of an agreement reached in late December.
TVG will broadcast the 37th Eclipse Awards ceremony Jan. 21 from the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.
By Dan Liebman - During dinner with colleagues the night of Dec. 29, a member of the party returned to the table and mentioned how the New York Giants were leading the New England Patriots in the fourth quarter. A television in an adjacent room was showing the game on CBS.
The New York Racing Association has entered into a content exchange agreement with TrackNet Media Group for 2008, NYRA officials said Dec. 28. In addition, NYRA has new deals with TVG and Youbet.com for the upcoming year.
With the busy winter racing schedule under way, HorseRacing TV will debut a new daily 90-minute show, "RaceDay America," beginning New Year's Day, Jan. 1, at 11:30 a.m. EST.
TVG will air special coverage of some of the world's top Thoroughbred races Thanksgiving week, including live broadcasts of the Hollywood Turf Festival, the Japan Cup program from Tokyo, and the Hill 'N' Dale Cigar Mile (gr. I) from Aqueduct.
HRTV will provide comprehensive live coverage of the 2007-08 Fair Grounds beginning Nov. 22, Thanksgiving Day. The 81-day meet runs through March 23.
HRTV and TVG will air live coverage of the Emirates Melbourne Cup (Aus-I), Australia's premier horse race, the evening of Nov. 5.
Churchill Downs is offering viewers across the country a televised preview of its daily racing programs on "Churchill Downs Today," a new 30-minute show that will air during the track's 21-day fall meet.
ESPN's coverage of the Oct. 27 Breeders' Cup drew roughly the same number of viewers as last year, and that is not very good news.
The ESPN family of networks will set a record for length of Breeders' Cup coverage, with 9 1/2 hours devoted to the two-day Breeders' Cup event and a preview show Wednesday.
More racetracks have expressed an interest in being part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win and You're In" program next year.
Television coverage of racing in Great Britain seems safeguarded for at least the next two years following the announcement that Channel 4 is in exclusive negotiations about sponsorship with Dubai Holding, whose chairman is leading owner/breeder Sheikh Mohammed.
The Jockey Club has weighed in publicly on the topic of account wagering economics, urging the pari-mutuel industry to urgently work together to devise a model that benefits horsemen, racetracks, and patrons.
Coverage of the Darley Test Stakes (gr. I) and West Virginia Derby (gr. III) Aug. 4 has moved from ESPN to ESPN Classic.
TVG will offer exclusive, live on-site coverage of the $1-million Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth Park Aug. 5.
Continuing a trend in sports TV programming, the ratings for the June 9 telecast of the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) on ABC registered a 2.9, down 12% from 2006's 3.3.
The Belmont Stakes telecast June 9 on ABC, which ended up being a thrilling race with a historic finish thanks to the filly Rags to Riches, nevertheless registered modest ratings numbers that continued a downward trend for the race.
An agreement has been reached between Frank Whiteley and Jacinto Vasquez, the respective trainer and jockey of the top racemare Ruffian; the Walt Disney Company ABC; ESPN; and a movie production company over a movie about the filly.
Horseracing fans will have an opportunity to see Barbaro's struggle for life through the eyes of Dr. Dean Richardson when HRTV's "Inside Information" program looks back at the saga the evening of June 3.
NBC reported slightly lower ratings for this year's Preakness Stakes coverage than it received in 2006 when Barbaro was going for the second jewel of racing's Triple Crown.
NBC reported overnight ratings for this year's Preakness that were slightly off last year's Barbaro Preakness numbers, but were still relatively strong for the second jewel of the Triple Crown.
TVG has partnered with Comcast Cable to make the network available to its digital cable subscribers throughout New Jersey.
Trainer Carl Nafzger will be the featured guest on a special Preakness Stakes edition of HRTV's "Across The Board" show May 17.
NBC Sports' telecast of the 133rd Kentucky Derby May 5 averaged 11.5 million viewers, the highest number since 2001, the network reported Thursday.
Ratings for the one-hour portion of NBC's Kentucky Derby coverage May 5 that comprises the race segment of the show rose 5% over year-ago figures. NBC announced that 13.8 million viewers tuned into the race, a 7% boost from 2006.
NBC Sports' coverage of the May 5 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands recorded an 8.3 overnight rating and 18 share, up 12% from last year and equal to the highest overnight rating for the broadcast since 1992, according to ratings released May 6.
TVG has a new distribution agreement with DIRECTV that will make the network available to an additional eight million subscribers of the satellite service.
NBC, which pre-empted "Barbaro: A Nation's Horse" April 29 for a Stanley Cup hockey playoff game that went two overtimes, has re-scheduled the documentary for Friday, May 4, at 9 p.m. ET on its cable channel CNBC.
TVG will provide live, on-site coverage of the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) post-position draw from Keeneland April 11.
TVG will air a record number of live broadcasts from Keeneland when the Lexington racetrack's meet begins April 6.
HRTV will once provide live coverage of Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) day from Nad Al Sheba Racecourse in the United Arab Emirates March 31. The headline event, the $6-million Dubai World Cup, has an estimated post time of 1:30 p.m. Eastern time.
Churchill Downs Inc. and Magna Entertainment Corp., the two leading owners of racetracks in North America, said March 5 they have entered into agreements that include CDI's purchase of 50% interest in MEC's HRTV network.
- By Ray Paulick
By Ray Paulick -- One of the interesting things about Thoroughbred racing is the penchant so many people have of knocking something into oblivion, and later complaining about the fact it's gone. Take TVG, for example.
HRTV will broadcast 11 days of racing during the Dubai Racing Carnival beginning Jan. 18.
TVG will begin offering daily coverage of racing from the United Kingdom and Ireland, as well as the premier harness meet at Meadowlands in New Jersey.
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