National HBPA to Take Closer Look at Simulcasting

The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association will tackle issues related to simulcasting as part of its winter convention Jan. 26-29 in Phoenix, Ariz.

On Jan. 28, the National HBPA will have a panel discussion and workshop on simulcasting. Horsemen will decide where they stand on the issues, including how they will work with racetracks and others in the industry in accessing legal markets and eliminating illegal markets.

The workshop will be educational in nature. The National HBPA said it wants to better understand simulcasting operations, signal exportation, source-market fees, and revenue distribution.

Horsemen for years have wondered whether they're getting their fair share of revenue, and whether they know which outlets actually receive signals. Representatives of Stevenson & Associates, hired by the National HBPA in 2002 to look at simulcasting issues, will participate in the panel discussion and workshop.

The convention will include committee meetings as well as a full board of directors meeting Jan. 29.