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A Better Strategy

Steve Davidowitz, making sense*:

Too often, the sport’s leaders look in the wrong direction to build up the fan base while seeking stop gap measures to keep some tracks afloat.

Whereas slot machines have boosted purses at several tracks in states that cooperatively legalized slots a decade ago, the numbers of contemporary tracks seeking slot machines has increased to the point where the impact is bound to be diluted, if not an apocalyptic foreshadowing to the end game of this 400 year old sport….

It is my judgment, and I know I am in the minority now, but I believe strongly that racing would be better off trying to expand on-line wagering access rather than repeatedly banging its collective head against stone walls, seeking more slot machines.

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I essentially agree and said so as much here:


The racing industry in Texas would rather fight for slots at its tracks than push for OTB and account wagering. It’s really senseless.

Posted by EJXD2 on August 4, 2009 @ 10:14 am

Thanks for the link to your post, Ed. It does seem senseless that racetracks would rather lobby for slots, but then, the machines promise easy money and easily satisfied customers. Improving the racing product and the track environment — that’s hard work.

Posted by Jessica on August 4, 2009 @ 9:53 pm