Scott M. Finley will join the New York Racing Association as its director of simulcasting effective Aug. 1, the organization announced July 13.
He will be filling the position vacated by Elizabeth Bracken, who is leaving NYRA to teach at the University of Arizona's Racetrack Industry Program.
Finley comes to NYRA with an extensive background in business development, marketing, and technology in the Thoroughbred racing industry. He has been an international racing consultant since 2001 and prior to that was vice president of marketing for Autotote Systems, now Sportech. He also served in various management capacities at Daily Racing Form and the Racing Times.
In his capacity as director of simulcasting, Finley will manage and oversee the export of television simulcasts of NYRA racing to more than 1,000 outlets worldwide, as well as the import to Saratoga Race Course
, Belmont Park
, and Aqueduct Racetrack
of racing simulcasts throughout the United States, Canada, and abroad.
"We are delighted to have Scott Finley join our management team," said David O'Rourke, NYRA's vice president for corporate development. "His technical knowledge and experience will be important elements in overseeing our simulcast sales and imports, which are a critical revenue stream."
A graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology, Finley completed the pre-MBA program at Babson College's School of Executive Education. He has been a racing aficionado since his university days and has contributed freelance articles on racing analysis, handicapping strategies, new media, and racing industry systems technology to publications such as USA Today
, Thoroughbred Daily News
, The Blood-Horse
, and HorsePlayer Magazine