Gulfstream Bettors Shut Out on Tampa Bay Simulcasts

Patrons at Gulfstream Park can watch and bet on races from tracks as far away as Cessnock in Australia, but are unable to do the same on Tampa Bay Downs due to the lack of a simulcasting agreement between the tracks.

"It just seems like it isn't the highest priority to them," said Gulfstream president Scott Savin, who indicated that the conflict was not over money, "They have just delayed it continually for no good reason I can understand."

On Feb. 8, Tampa forwarded a contract to Gulfstream for execution, but Savin and Gulfstream's legal counsel David Romanik are unclear on some of the language. "It looks like they're trying to consider us as a simulcasting parlor under some of the fee distribution," Savin said.

Tampa's assistant general Manager Peter Berube declined comment other than to say he felt that the Feb. 8 document was a reasonable one and hoped that the deal was nearly done