04/23/2007 12:00AM

Evangeline deal reached


The Louisiana Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association has restored its approval to send the signal from Evangeline Downs to Television Games Network after TVG agreed to make the track's signal available to a competitor, Youbet.com.

The approval, which came Friday night, allowed TVG to broadcast the track's races on Saturday for the first time in two weeks. The Evangeline signal was also available on Youbet.com over the weekend.

The Louisiana horsemen's association pulled its approval two weeks ago, citing Youbet's decision not to carry the Evangeline signal. TVG has an exclusive right to Evangeline's product, and Youbet and TVG had been unable to come to terms on a sub-licensing agreement that would enable Youbet to accept wagers on the track.

According to the president of the Louisiana horsemen's group, Sean Alfortish, negotiations over the past two weeks resulted in "a better deal" for Louisiana's horsemen on the fees TVG paid for Evangeline. TVG also agreed to show 75 percent of the races from Evangeline live, rather than on a recorded basis, though the percentage can vary based on several factors, including post times of the track's races.