Wagering Down as a Result of Sky Channel Blackout
Shane Anderson – @Globalgallop
Wagering figures on Victorian thoroughbred racing were down on Tuesday after the blackout of vision of the meeting at Geelong by Tabcorp and Sky Racing.
The average win pool on the Geelong Synthetic meeting on the Victorian tote was $47,451 per race for the nine-race program, down 10.35% from last Tuesday’s average win pool at Racing.com Park of $52,929.
The average win pool was down 17.74% when compared to the previous Tuesday Geelong synthetic track meeting held on June 2 that averaged $57,678 for an eight-race program.
These figures fall within Racing Victoria’s forecast range for win pools on the Victorian tote with the loss of vision. However, industry sources believe that the loss will be felt less through results with the corporate bookmakers and betting exchange.
Racing Victoria will analyse the daily submissions from all wagering service providers and expect to have a complete position on the impact of the loss of vision on Tuesday’s meeting by Friday.
Forecast wagering impacts for the blackout have been calculated by Racing Victoria and have recent data from the blackout of Sky Racing coverage over the Christmas period to use as guides for baseline impacts.
Victorian thoroughbred racing will continue to be broadcast via Racing Live on racing.com, along with corporate bookmakers Sportsbet and Crownbet offering the service to their customers on digital platforms.
Racing Victoria has signed the MRC, MVRC and CRV to a media rights deal with Seven West Media but are still awaiting the VRC to sign up, delaying the planned broadcast on channel 78.
Tabcorp have yet to announce whether they will lift the blackout of Victorian thoroughbred racing on Sky Racing by entering into an interim deal with Racing Victoria.