The battle for TV coverage -- Victoria and Queensland and South Australia playing reserve grade
Racenet's Richie had a few words to say today... about broadcast entitlements ... see below.
This is a welcome glimmer of hope that the racing media will speak frankly about the parlous state of play.
As things stand, Saturday racing in Sydney has pole position .. deserving of a 'stand alone' telecasting platform.
All other metropolitan racing is increasingly irrelevant, if the aim is delivering quality product to most punters.
Melbourne racing, a long-time favourite, is now delivering racing product that no one would sensibly bet on.
Richie alludes to the 'excessive cost' of the racing.com platform .........I would add an assessment that it is simply 'unwatchable' tripe ........ coverage selling 'confected-presentation' over the substance which sensible punters would appreciate.
All this is not surprising .........RVL policies dictate the running of racing that is simply 'unfair'............. it can be reliably called so 'unfair' once 'acceptances' are posted on Wednesday. The degradation of Melbourne racing has been an astonishing display of mismanagement of a was-once impregnable brand. No wonder the well-dressed r.c presenters are all about talking while knowing 'the form' is an irrelevance to the race results.
Racing around the rest of Australia is now also similarly simply irrelevant -- racing in Brisbane, Adelaide et al has no credible future --------- Perth racing is akin to Hong Kong ........ punters, do not go there.
Australia is a small country .... one-third of one-percent of the people on the planet live here ........... our racing industry, nationally, is delivering far too much of the racing being run world wide ...... and when that racing is either mainly irrelevant or simply unfair ...the portents are not good.
...............................as for what Richie says ..........let us hope RVL gets control of the broadcast rights of all the raffle-racing ........including the races it runs.
GUNS AT 10 PACES STILL IN MEDIA BATTLE
The Brisbane Racing Club and SKY Channel agreed to a new 10 year deal of its media rights some six weeks ago but the rest of Queensland is still to put pen to paper.
The promises and argy bargy and back and forth demands are a daily occurrence as Racing.com is still very much trying to wrangle away the rights for thoroughbred racing outside the metropolitan area from SKY.
If Racing.com is successful with the thoroughbreds where does it leave the trots and dogs in Queensland?
But take it as written SKY Channel aren’t giving up without a fight plus in surprising news for some, my mail is SKY still hold out hope that Victorian racing could jump into the family tent at the next available opportunity.
The latest running costs of Racing.com have left some board members stunned south of the border.