06/18/2014 4:29PM

Belmont races still being aired on local television for now


ELMONT, N.Y. - Though a contract between the New York Racing Association and New York City has expired, the races from Belmont Park will continue to be shown on a city government access channel for an undefined period of time, according to a NYRA official.

A contract between NYRA and the city that allows the races to be broadcast on the New York City government access channel (1994 and 71 on Time Warner Cable, 27 on FIOS, and 74 on Cablevision in Brooklyn and the Bronx) expired at midnight Monday. But the races from Belmont Park were broadcast on those channels on Wednesday.

“We’re still in negotiations but the city has agreed to show the races,” said David O’Rourke, NYRA’s vice president of corporate development.

O’Rourke said that the city did not tell NYRA how long the races would continue to be shown on those channels, but he did say he felt they would be broadcast at least through Friday.

O’Rourke called it a “good-faith gesture” on the part of the city to continue to show the races while negotiations continued between the two parties.

NYRA took over the use of the channel in 2011, shortly after New York City OTB ceased to exist.

Tom More than 1 year ago
How come on LI I cannot see the NYRA network on Fios channel 27? Doesn't come in for me.
Raymond Hackinson More than 1 year ago
The only reason I knew the city owned channels were available is because of the NYRA racing Other than racing, what do the channels have to offer? It is not very exciting to watch a traffic jam on the Ed Koch Bridge. I think the NYRA network is preferable to TVG. TVG jumps too much between tracks and the coverage is usually inferior to NYRA
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As usually everything today is about $$$$. I'm sure the city wants more & NYRA wants to pay the same. How about make a deal with NYC to open a few high scale NYRA betting parlors in NYC. This should have been done already.