We are pleased to announce that we have signed exclusive rights deals with four major greyhound tracks across the UK to distribute live pictures and data to licensed betting offices and online operators.
The deals with Central Park, Henlow, Doncaster and Harlow cement our position as the leading greyhound streaming supplier for retail and online and shows our continued investment and commitment to offer a first-class services to our customers.
In addition to high quality streaming of greyhound pictures customers can also benefit from SIS’s pricing and derivatives services which provides operators with thousands of additional betting opportunities.
Paul Witten, Product Director at SIS, said: “These four rights agreements significantly advance our current greyhound content provision, and they will vastly improve our online streaming and retail products for existing and new customers alike.
We are fully committed to showcasing UK greyhounds to a global audience, and with discussions underway with various international operators over potential deals, this cements our position as the leading greyhounds content supplier to retail and online.
SIS are looking forward to working with all the tracks we have recently signed with, as we continue to grow the fantastic sport in the coming months and years.”
WELL NOBODY REALLY KNOWS WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS. MY INTERPRETATION OF WHAT WILL HAPPEN IN 2018 . i THINK A MASSIVE SPLIT WILL TAKE PLACE and your either in the GMgroup or the bookmakers pot/SIS. There will be bookmakers that take the independant service, but see LADBROKES, CORALS and BET365 taking their own meetings and eventually if your in pot 1 you wont be running in pot 2, thats the whole idea of contracts, despite whats being said why would trainers be paid upwards of £300 a dog on the strengh for 18 months, without the clauses signed being enforced. What will happen to RPGTV I have no idea though if paid for by the big 4, then why the hell would they show the tracks in the other pot ? I simply dont think they will, I then see the future of trainers near owning most of dogs themselves in pot 1 and owners just putting up with being used or getting out of owning dogs. Hope Im wrong but if your have dogs in the GMG you are simply not important.
By all accounts there are now only 3 of our currant 18 contract trainers at the ZOO not signed up.
I still think this whole affair is down to the greedy promoter of the GRA..
GET THE PRIZE-MONEY SITUATION SORTED GRA/BV MANAGEMENT AND WHO KNOWS ALL YOUR TRAINERS WILL SIGN ON THE DOTTED LINE...
The way the GRA appear to have acted on this matter seems to me less that entirely acceptable given that the trainers at the track have representatives who should IMO have been contacted and informed about the new deal on offer so that they could inform the other trainers before that were offered individual contracts. I'm happy to be corrected but I have not seen any indications that this happened. As a result the track has probably got a good deal..... this time. However, when the current contracts expire then surely Trainers throughout the country will be in a much stronger position especially since by then they will be aware of what other tracks have offered under the current arrangements.
There is no to ways about it 'THE SH@T HAS HIT THE FAN'
The best thing to do in my honest opinion is wait for January 2018 and I'm sure by then we greyhound owners will all know where we stand and what the future is going to hold for us all..
Hopefully present greyhound owners will stay in the game but I fear a lot of owners will be leaving our sport unless it's made worth while by the greedy promoters...
You could well be right - but this only means that the status quo remains the same - they will be in the sh&t with nobody batting for them!
Trainers have a double edged sword here, damned if they do and damned if they don't - running a business they have every right to look after themselves first and everyone else second, yet some still use independent owners as a tool in their arguments when it suits their purpose. Why not work together on at least some of the problems? Is this too much to ask?
IF trainers cannot make it pay - why then do most own a fair quota of their own hounds and then complain that it is very hard to make it pay, it should be in their best interest to search for suitable incentives to attract new owners?
Shortage of dogs noproblem, instead of buying your own - try working with management to provide suitable owner incentives as surely it would be in the best interests of both parties.
The more hounds that are trainer owned the less likelyhood of support for individual owners - I haven't yet heard suitable argument for concern on behalf of independent owners during the current contract discussions and with trainers not seen to be working together, this only compounds the problems that we owners have!
Just a view built on serious frustration with the ongoing saga here on home track - bring back Paynton place!
Losing BAGS the question could be will the stadium be open as the POT OF GOLD might end up NOT A POT TO P*** IN.
You could be right - who knows, everything is so much in the air and at this stage all speculation...so here's more!
What happens after the end of December (hopefully decided before then) will be directly down to the bookmakers!
SIS already have things in the bag with their tracks making ready plans to provide the extra workload of streamed viewing to the shops but from a limited numbers of tracks which of course up the ante by increasing meetings to accommodate this.
The question is - will said bookmakers shops (whatever variety) be happy with this or would they much prefer to cover the whole country (venues that is)?
Because of the vagaries of when the BAGS contract with bookmakers ends - as opposed to when the contract with SIS finishes, WHO is likely to pick up the slack and fill the vacuum at the end of December?
It would surely make sense that ARC would be exploring the possibility of "hitting" all the head honcho's of the bookmaking fraternity with a view to developing some form of relationship with them to pick up this slack?
If this isn't already happening - one would think that it should be, but if not and they way forward to a working collaboration with SIS isn't sorted, then but for another outside consortium or whatever coming forward and filling this vacuum - the things really will go t*ts up and of course would then prove all of the above speculation correct.
An awful lot of knee jerk reaction going on at the moment with everyone trying desperately to look after themselves - and right in the middle of all this is - yep....us poor owners who - apparently, nobody gives a sh*t about.
Just a thought - or is speculation Gotta laugh or I would be cryin'