British-based Betfair Group Ltd. announced Jan. 27 that it had completed its acquisition of the TV Games Network from Macrovision for $50 million in cash consideration.
The anticipation for many owners, breeders, trainers, jockeys and their connections will soon be over as the Eclipse Awards for Thoroughbred racing champions of 2008 will be announced Jan. 26 at a ceremony in Miami, Fla.
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.
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.
In a short statement issued Jan. 1, New York Racing Association chief Charlie Hayward said an agreement had not been reached to send the organization's racing signal to TVG.
Youbet.com has reached an agreement to take bets on Gulfstream Park for that track's meet which begins on Jan. 3, Sam Gordon, president of the Florida Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association, said Dec. 30.
In announcing a deal to sell its TV Guide Network for $255 million, Macrovision Solutions Corp. said Dec. 18 it also hoped to reach a deal to sell the TVG horse racing network in early 2009.
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 has expanded its presence in online video content by announcing syndication relationships with blinkx.com and sling.com, the horse racing network announced Dec. 16.
An impasse in California over fee rates for interstate advance deposit wagering that has had a negative impact on Hollywood Park's fall meet ended Nov. 21 with the announcement that one-year deals with the four licensed providers in the state have been reached.
In a high-stakes "game of chicken," the California Horse Racing Board pushed account wagering a little closer to the edge Nov. 18 when it declined to renew the licenses of the state's four Internet and telephone bet companies.
Members aligned on different sides of advance deposit wagering's "Big Four" reported mixed handle results in the third financial quarter amid declining national betting trends.
The signal for the Fair Grounds race meet starting Nov. 14 will be available to a wider variety of advance deposit wagering outlets, a group that does not include TVG, Churchill Downs Inc. announced Nov. 12.
TVG has been classified as a discontinued operation by parent company Macrovision Solutions Corp., which says it in the "final phases" of negotiations to sell the horse racing network.
One old betting axiom -- "shut out at the window" -- has taken on a whole new meaning when paired with a relatively new one in the racing industry lexicon: "signal wars."
Out-of-state account wagering bettors remained locked out of Hollywood Park races as a contract dispute between the Thoroughbred Owners of California and the four advance deposit wagering companies showed no sign of resolution Oct. 30, the second day of the fall meet.
A stalemate between California horsemen and advance deposit wagering companies kept Hollywood Park's out-of-state signal unavailable on opening day of the track's fall season Oct. 29.
A public equity investment firm managed by the president and chief executive officer of Youbet.com is considering several options for the online wagering and tote company, including a potential takeover, according to a recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Post positions for all 14 Breeders' Cup races will be drawn Oct. 21, with fields for 10 races drawn in the morning and four in the afternoon.
The Breeders' Cup and Television Games Network announced a renewal of TVG's sponsorship of the Breeders' Cup World Championships. For this year's event, the horse racing network and premier account wagering company will be the title sponsor of the $1 million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile.
While signal distribution at racetracks continues to be a hot topic in the horse racing industry, that doesn't appear to be the case at Hawthorne Race Course, which opens its meet Sept. 26.
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, in conjunction with the New York Racing Association, announced that the Sept. 27 Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I) at Belmont Park will be televised live on ESPNEWS.
The Portland Meadows meet, which looked for a time like it might be canceled, is scheduled to kick off Oct. 5, despite ongoing issues in Oregon.
Despite 12 grade I stakes this weekend at Belmont Park and Oak Tree at Santa Anita, the only TV coverage will be provided by TVG and HRTV, although a spokesperson for the NTRA said the Jockey Club Gold Cup (gr. I), featuring Curlin, may be shown on ESPN Classic or ESPN News. That, however, has yet to be decided.
With horsemen and Hollywood Park unable to come to agreement on revenue splits from account wagering sources for the upcoming autumn meet at the Inglewood track, the California Horse Racing Board agreed to conduct a special hearing to settle the impasse.
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.
The first Quarter Horse race at Turfway Park since 1972, and the first held anywhere on Polytrack, will be held the evening of Sept. 12 at the Northern Kentucky track.
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.
Turfway Park said Aug. 20 it has received horsemen's consent to distribute its racing signal for the upcoming fall under the auspices of the present exclusive agreement with TVG, thus ending any speculation of a standoff similar to those plaguing other tracks.
Several advance deposit wagering entities posted increased handle through the Oregon hub system in the second quarter of the year, despite an overall national decline blamed primarily on a revenue-sharing dispute between horsemen's groups and various tracks.
TVG, which posted partial-quarter net revenues of $8.8 million for new owner Macrovision Solutions Corp. Aug. 7, is still on the sales block. Officials with the parent company said the horse racing network has received multiple inquiries from undisclosed suitors.
Youbet.com, during an Aug. 5 conference call in which it reported a profit for the second straight quarter, said it is evaluating the effects of a possible merger with TVG.
A July 21 mediation session with a member of the Oregon Racing Commission yielded no agreement in a standoff between TVG and Portland Meadows on source-market fees, although progress was reported.
The Thoroughbred Horsemen's Group, which advocates a new economic model for pari-mutuel wagering and has been engaged in high-profile battles in the racing industry, isn't going away anytime soon, its president said July 18.
TVG and Portland Meadows have until July 21 to work out an agreement on source-market fees, or face the prospect of unspecified sanctions by the Oregon Racing Commission.
A fan-friendly experiment to share racetracks among California's advance deposit wagering companies has ended with the start of the Del Mar meet July 16.
Oregon horsemen claim they are caught in the middle of a battle between TVG and Magna Entertainment Corp. over source-market fees, a dispute they claim could jeopardize this year's Portland Meadows fall meet.
Handle jumped more than 50% in the first three days of the Ellis Park meet, which started a week late due to a disagreement over revenue sharing.
With the looming expiration of an experiment to share racetracks among account wagering companies in California, representatives continue to meet in hopes of an agreement in time for the start of the Del Mar summer meet July 16.
The Breeders' Cup announced July 1 the full 2008 TV schedule in for the 2008 Breeders' Cup Challenge Series that begins this weekend at Monmouth Park. Each of the 57 Breeders' Cup Challenge races will be televised, highlighted with telecasts on ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 in addition to telecasts on TVG and HRTV.
California's advance deposit wagering truce may be coming to an end.
The Colonial Downs signal will be barred to at least three wagering outlets for its upcoming live meet. The Virginia racetrack joins the list of tracks whose betting options have been curtailed by disputes with horsemen's groups over revenue sharing.
David Nathanson has been promoted to the newly-created position of president of TVG, the company announced May 19.
Advance deposit wagering through the Oregon hub system grew nearly 3% in the first quarter of 2008 despite an overall decline in national betting numbers in North America.
Presque Isle Downs is the latest track to get caught up in the battle over revenue sharing of online and telephone wagering companies as signals to many advance deposit wagering companies were cut off May 11 due to lack of agreements with the Pennsylvania Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association.
The new parent company of TVG reiterated in a recent conference call its plans to sell the horseracing channel, saying it hopes to do so by the end of the year.
TVG processed $108.8 million in total wagering during the first quarter of 2008, the highest first quarter total in the company's history and a 32% increase over the first quarter of 2007.
Churchill Downs Inc. and Magna Entertainment Corp. have pulled the plug on their involvement in Racing World UK, the United Kingdom broadcast and wagering venture launched two years ago.
Macrovision Corp. announced May 2 that it has completed its acquisition of Gemstar-TV Guide, the parent company of the TVG horse racing network.
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