06/15/2014 4:38PM

NYRA broadcast may go dark in New York City


Racing fans in the five boroughs of New York could be left in the dark beginning Monday as a contract that allows the New York Racing Association to broadcast its races on television in the city was set to expire.

According to NYRA officials, NYRA and the city are currently involved in negotiations to extend the contract that permits NYRA to show its races – as well as races from out-of-state tracks – 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).

NYRA took over the channel in 2011 shortly after New York City OTB declared bankruptcy. The contract between NYRA and the city was set to expire at midnight Monday, meaning there likely will be an interruption of service beginning Monday. NYRA, after racing Sunday, was not scheduled to conduct live racing again until Wednesday.

Fans on Long Island who get the NYRA Network via Cablevision will continue to get the racing channel. Also, races will continue to be available on NYRARewards.com, NYRA’s ROKU channel, HRTV, and TVG.