The Nassau Off Track Betting Corp (OTB). continues their fight against the New York Racing Association (NYRA), which began when the New York Racing Association pulled its TV video signal from Nassau OTB, one of the state's six regional OTB corporations, in retaliation for some unauthorized video-streaming on Nassau OTB's website earlier this year.
NYRA pulled its signal on 06/03/09 because Nassau OTB was showing the live video stream of its signal on its website from Jan. 29 through April 15. The six state OTB outfits cannot show the video stream without NYRA's consent, which NYRA withholds because the OTBs don't allow NYRA to stream its own signal on its own website.
It seems so silly, and I have criticised NYRA often , but I side with NYRA on this one. Looks like they are merely trying to protect Intellectual Property they clearly own, ie, the racing product. Heck if NYRA can't even show their own product on their own website betting ADW platform, why would Nassau OTB expect they can, without even asking permission, no less?
So far no resolution and if you plan to watch the Saratoga meet from your house in Nassau County, Long Island starting next week by turning on the OTB channel, looks like you will be out of luck.
You can hear NYRA President Charles Hayward's take on this in an interview he gave to Mike Francesa on WFAN (660 am) in New York today by clicking on this link.