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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.

TVG Expanding Coverage of Japanese Racing

TVG Expanding Coverage of Japanese Racing

TVG, in partnership with Emerald Downs, will air 15 live racing events from Japan in 2007 concluding with the presentation of the Japan Cup (Jpn-I) on Nov. 24.

Lawsuit Against NJSEA, TVG Dropped by Horsemen

A Standardbred horsemen's group in New Jersey said it has dropped a lawsuit against the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority and TVG after the parties resolved their differences regarding interstate wagering on Meadowlands harness races.

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 Airing Eclipse Awards; O'Connell to Emcee

TVG will air live coverage of the 36th annual Eclipse Awards Jan. 22, a celebration of horseracing's best performances of the year, from the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., with coverage beginning on TVG at 8 p.m. ET. TV and film star Jerry O'Connell, who plays a lead role in the NBC series, "Crossing Jordan," will serve as emcee of the program for his third straight year.

Standardbred Owners' Group Sues NJSEA, TVG

The Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey has started legal action in connection with the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority's contract awarding TVG exclusive rights to the harness signal from Meadowlands.

No Santa Anita Clause for TVG

TVG viewers won't be getting what they wanted most for Christmas -- to watch and wager on races from Santa Anita Park starting with the new season on Dec. 26.

TVG Launches Fantasy Horseracing Game

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.

California ADW Rivals Near Signal Agreement

California customers of rival account deposit wagering companies TVG and XpressBet would be able to play any track in the state with their preferred carrier under an agreement being negotiated on a one-year experimental basis.

TVG Airing Weekend's International Races From Japan

TVG Airing Weekend's International Races From Japan

TVG will offer wagering and dual telecasts of the weekend's two major grade I international races from Japan -- Saturday's Japan Cup Dirt and Sunday's Japan Cup, a mile and one-half turf fixture featuring recent Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) winner Ouija Board.

Youbet Hails Decision in TVG Arbitration Fight

Youbet.com Inc. must pay about $1.3 million to its license partner TVG for underpayments during a three-year content agreement that ended March 31, 2005, an arbiter ruled Nov. 16. TVG initially claimed it was owed $5.8 million.

TVG Sets Breeders' Cup Day Handle Record

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 Inks Deal with At the Races and The Racing Network International

In a deal that will increase international exposure for TVG, the company has signed an agreement with At The Races and The Racing Network International. In addition to providing exposure for TVG and United States horseracing in the U.K. and Ireland, the agreement will provide new exclusive content and expanded hours of operations for TVG.

TVG Announces Launch of Educational Site

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 to Present Live Coverage of Prix De L'arc De Triomphe

For the eighth consecutive year, TVG will present live coverage of the group I, $2.5 million Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, from Longchamp Racecourse near Paris Oct. 1. The Arc will highlight a three-hour program beginning at 9:30 a.m. (all times Eastern). Post time for the Arc, a 1 1/2-mile race for horses 3-year-old and up, is 11:30 a.m.

ADW is Focal Point of Marathon CHRB Meeting

ADW is Focal Point of Marathon CHRB Meeting

A longstanding dispute between California horsemen and the account deposit wagering provider TVG over what the television network may charge for its service remained unresolved Sept. 20 after the state horse racing board heard more than two hours of discussion during a marathon commission meeting at Fairplex Park in Pomona.

Account-Bet Licensing Fees Fuel Illinois Dispute

A simmering dispute over licensing fees tied to account wagering has flared up in Illinois, where horsemen have pulled the Arlington Park signal from TVG in an attempt to get the signal from the upcoming meet at Hawthorne Race Course available through Youbet.com.

Colonial Teams with Restaurant to Expand ADW

In a collaborative initiative to expand advance deposit account wagering, Colonial Downs has teamed up with Chevy's Restaurant and Night Club in Chesapeake, Va., to promote new wagering technology that could be the horse racing's equivalent to video poker and bar trivia.

TVG To Present Summit of Speed, Claiming Crown Live

TVG will present live, on-site coverage Saturday of the seventh annual Summit of Speed from Miami's Calder Race Course and the eighth annual Claiming Crown from Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn. The Summit of Speed is part of the TVG Sprint Division, leading to the $2 million TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I), scheduled for Nov. 4 at Churchill Downs.

TVG To Show Colonial Turf Cup Live

TVG will present live coverage of Saturday's $1 million Colonial Turf Cup from Colonial Downs in New Kent, Va. The telecast, which will air from 5-6 p.m. (est), will be simulcast on Fox Sports New York and Turner South.

Evangeline Downs Enters Into Agreement With TVG

TVG, the interactive horseracing network, has announced an agreement with Evangeline Downs Racetrack and Casino for the exclusive television and interactive wagering rights for the live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse meets conducted at the Opelousas, Louisiana track.

TVG To Launch 11 New Shows, New Look May 10

TVG will launch a new program lineup along with a new on-air look beginning May 10, network executives announced May 1. Highlighting the changes will be the debut of 11 new programs and a revamped on-screen graphic look.

Interruption of Hollywood Signal on TVG Averted

A dispute between TVG and the Thoroughbred Owners of California was resolved Wednesday afternoon allowing transmission of Hollywood Park's signal on the racing network just minutes before the track's first race of the 2006 season.

Interruption of Hollywood Signal on TVG Averted

A dispute between TVG and the Thoroughbred Owners of California was resolved Wednesday afternoon allowing transmission of Hollywood Park's signal on the racing network just minutes before the track's first race of the 2006 season.

TVG's 'The Works' Expands to Full Hour

TVG's 'The Works' Expands to Full Hour

TVG's "The Works: Derby 2006" expands to one hour this year for for the seventh straight year of its preview coverage of the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) and Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).

TVG, HRTV Plan Keeneland Coverage

The TVG network will provide live, on-site coverage of the Keeneland meet opener in Lexington, Ky. on Friday and HorseRacing TV will be presenting a daily replay show of the track's races throughout the meet.

Guild, Feeling Pinch, Gets Relief from CHRB

The California Horse Racing Board approved an agreement March 23 that allows the strapped Jockeys Guild to receive its health and welfare program benefits in a much quicker fashion than in the past.

HRTV, TVG, and ABC to Cover Dubai Racing

With the $6-million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) an annual highlight of the early-season racing calendar, HRTV and TVG will offer coverage of Nad Al Sheba racecourse in the United Arab Emirates March 25, beginning at 9 a.m. EDT. In addition, ABC will provide on-site coverage of the World Cup and UAE Derby (UAE-II) for the first time.

TVG Announces Agreement with Hawthorne

TVG Announces Agreement with Hawthorne

TVG announced March 17 that it has reached an agreement with Hawthorne National for the exclusive television and interactive wagering rights for the National Jockey Club, Suburban Downs, and Hawthorne Racecourse live race meetings conducted in suburban Chicago.

Meeker: Account Wagering Needs Overhaul, Expansion

Expansion of account wagering and improvements to existing platforms are a chief objective of Churchill Downs Inc., whose chief executive officer, Tom Meeker, indicated change is needed to generate more industry revenue and maintain or expand the customer base.

CHRB to Require Polytrack Installation at Tracks

California racing associations that operate meets of at least four continuous weeks would be required to install a synthetic racing surface by the end of 2007 or face a loss of dates, the state's horseracing board decided Feb. 16.

TVG Expands Live Coverage of Racing From Japan

TVG is expanding its live coverage from Japan in 2006 in partnership with Emerald Downs, and will air 14 programs, beginning Feb. 18 and concluding with the presentation of the Japan Cup (Jpn-I) Nov. 25.

TVG, FOXSports.com Announce Content Deal

TVG, FOXSports.com Announce Content Deal

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.

Stevens Ponders Television Series Role

Stevens Ponders Television Series Role

Less than two months after his Nov. 26 retirement from racing, former jockey Gary Stevens is considering an invitation to guest star in the ABC original family series Wildfire.

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