Aware that its actions could frustrate racing fans, the New York Racing Association has decided to restore its racing signal to the Nassau Regional Off Track Betting Corporation in time for the opening of Saratoga Race Course on Wednesday.
New York State Racing and Wagering Board Chairman John Sabini requested that NYRA to restore the signal in time for Wednesday’s races. NYRA pulled its signal on June 3 when it determined Nassau OTB had been streaming its races on the Internet for 2 ½ months without permission.
NYRA President Charles Hayward said the association will pursue a resolution through the courts.
“NYRA is restoring its live racing signal to Nassau County residents despite the refusal of Nassau OTB officials to admit that they were aware, during the 75-day period in question, of their illegal video streaming of our intellectual property,” Hayward said. “We regret that our loyal Nassau fans suffered a disruption of service caused by Nassau OTB’s irresponsible actions, and we are reinstating in-home simulcasting while we pursue an equitable resolution in the courts that will protect our legal and statutory rights to our Thoroughbred racing content.”