Breakthrough in Nevada simulcast dispute with Churchill Downs

Nevada racebooks will once again be able to offer bets on Fair Grounds, Oaklawn Park and Turfway Park races following a breakthrough in their long-running simulcast dispute with Churchill Downs Inc.

The Nevada Pari-Mutuel Association, which represents the state’s racing books, received signed contracts from the racetrack and casino company on Wednesday and immediately sent them to the state gaming control board for approval.

The board declared the three deals “good to go” in the afternoon and set Thursday as the first day of betting on the New Orleans Fairground and Turfway Park races in Florence, in. Kentucky. Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas, will be added to the betting menu on Friday, which is its opening day.

Signals from all three tracks were denied in Nevada by Churchill Downs Inc. from last year in an escalation of an ongoing dispute over the Churchill Downs simulcast signal. Both the Fairground and Turfway Park are owned by CDI, while Oaklawn Park contracts with the company for the distribution of its signal.

The contracts received on Wednesday do not resolve the underlying dispute over the Churchill Downs signal, but Patty Jones, executive director of the parimutual association, described the development as a “positive move” towards a long-term simulcast deal. with society.

The dispute, which arose when Churchill Downs sought to charge more for its simulcast signal, has prevented Nevada fans from betting on races from the home of the Kentucky Derby since October 27, 2019.

A call to Churchill Downs Inc. for comment was not returned on Wednesday.

Mike Brunker’s horse racing column appears on Fridays. He can be reached at [email protected] or 702-383-4656. To follow @mike_brunker on Twitter.

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