02/19/2013 7:35PM

TVG dismisses Allevato, executive vice president

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Tony Allevato, the executive vice president for television at the horse racing network TVG, was let go on Tuesday, according to two racing officials.

Allevato, a former director of television production and the broadcast publicist at Hollywood Park, was the first executive producer hired by TVG when the network was launched in 1999. He was gradually given more responsibilities as the network grew, and was elevated to executive vice president in 2011.

In addition to duties overseeing the networks’ broadcast marketing and advertising sales, Allevato was responsible for the network’s programming content, and was instrumental in creating the look and feel of how the network presents its various programs to viewers.

Stephen Burn, the network’s chief executive, said in a statement issued in response to an inquiry about Allevato, “TVG has undergone a restructure and consequently, and unfortunately, some jobs were eliminated. It is a matter of company policy we don’t make public comments on individual situations.”

TVG is owned by Betfair, the British exchange-wagering company. The network is available in approximately 36 million homes.

 

Mark. More than 1 year ago
The only thing that keeps HRTV's arrogance tolerable is TVG. I pray for TVG to produce better programs so we don't get stuck with just one(HRTV). Competition is the friend of those that view one the other or both horseracing networks. I want them both to get better and help the industry as a whole.
sol More than 1 year ago
True to form, Rich Perloff shows up to work on a Monday morning Clueless. Was unaware what the horse racing world already knew. It took an e mailer to inform him that Violence was injured and now off the Derby trail. Had no idea that we were 13 days into the Lenten season. It's obvious that his job at TVG is just that a job. A place to collect a check. Imagine an NFL analyst going on the air not knowing Peyton Manning nearly broke his neck a day earlier and needed a fan to inform him of such news. He is a joke.
David L Stamper More than 1 year ago
I am seriously tired of Joe T's prostate...somebody please just break his other leg!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great line — you made me LOL, as the kids say. Personally, I think he should be forced to take 100 saw palmetto capsules to see if he really doesn't get as much beta-sitasterol as in ONE Super Beta Prostate tablet. And so should whoever at TVG decided that filling these commercial breaks with cheapie direct response ads to make a few extra bucks for the network was a good idea and wouldn't annoy the customers at all.
hello More than 1 year ago
But look at you quoting it so I hate to say it....but it's working! I have not had nor do I ever hope to have issues with my prostate but you know and I know exactly what product I'll be investigating should that ever occur. Say it with me.... SUPER BETA PROSTATE (successful advertising via beaten into submission)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Retention in this case doesn't necessarily mean persuasion, even if I specify I'm referring to the message and not the urine. I still remember all the words to "See the USA in your Chevrolet" but have never owned one. If I ever feel the need to medicate those sudden urges, I think I'd prefer Cialis. It's dual action.
scott More than 1 year ago
Before Joe T's miracle product were there/are there people out there taking 100 of those other pills a day? If you are taking pills to help control restroom urges, but have to take 100, and I assume you take them with water, of course you have to go to the bathroom all day! Your diet consists of water and pills. (apologies to any one who has or knows people with an actual health issue regarding this)
sol More than 1 year ago
To anybody with prostate issues, simply eat pumpkin seeds. Next to oysters, pumpkin seeds have more zinc in them than anything else on the planet.
Sal Carcia More than 1 year ago
The nearly 300 comments filled with such passion (negative or not) must be interpreted by TVG management as an excellent opportunity to improve future business. Hopefully, they are paying attention and start to rethink some of their strategies. TVG has been around long enough now to mature to the next stage and incorporate much of the feedback from their customer base. I sense that the commentors in this thread really want to see TVG be better and be around for a long time.
Jim Fields More than 1 year ago
TVG and HRTV are both good for racing fans, imo tvg used to be far superior with the likes of Frank Lyons and Sarge, and Rudolph was good for the light side, but in the recent past, I find myself watching HRTV much more. It now seems like you get more of an insiders look at the races on HRTV. I think either one could dominate the racing tv fans, if they had the right combination of commentators.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I understand everyone has thier opinion but liking the Sarge and Rudulf???? Yucckkk! Sarge couldnt even train horses! he stunk as a trainer and eventually quit to be a stable manager for an even bigger stiff in Eric Guillot. I dont even think he is doing that anymore! sarge ended up driving one of the biggest owners of horses out of California with his terrible claims or horses and couldnt train a horse to win a race. As far as Rudulf is concerned.....he really stunk. Rudulf knows NOTHING about the races. The only thing I can say about Ken R. is he has great taste in clothing. His suits are fantastic. He seems like a nice guy as well but for talent...he has none. Even Jim Rome mentioned what a train wreck Rudulf was. Well everybody has thier opinion and taste although I must admit to you, you are DEFINATELY in the minority thinking Rudulf and the Sarge are good.
sol More than 1 year ago
Couldn't agree with you more.
John Chaussee More than 1 year ago
I enjoy TVG. I would enjoy TVG more if they delivered a high-definition signal to DirecTV.
Rick Harris More than 1 year ago
Well this is long overdue, I don't watch TVG unless I have to. The Allevato should have been fired, YEARS ago, the TVG commentators are unprofessional and their sophomoric humor is insulting to the audience, FTY TVG your audience is not the crowd that can't wait until the next hangover movie comes out, there are an older audience that expects to get information and analysis as you would watching a NFL game, so get rid of the likes of Schrupp, Lo Duca etc and hire some real professionals and do some real reporting, that would be a good start.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To me, all thats important on a racing show is that, 1. they show the horses in the walking ring, 2. show the horses in post parade and warming up, 3. show the current odds, exactas, doubles etc....4. maybe have a person, that has some knowledge of horse racing, analyze the race and sahre betting stratagies, 5. show the race from start to finish and have the final prices. Maybe have a show or two handicapping the card. Is that so difficult???? TVG just cant get it! I dont want to hear Schrump make funny remarks and comments, then sing a song from the 80's. I dont want to hear Simon Bray handicap a pick 4 and pick 80% of the field in every race, except one where he takes the 3/5 favorite! I dont want to hear Simon Bray try and imitate peoples voices! I dont want to hear or see Matt Carrothers and his arrougant attitude that he is so smart or that his famous dad, Gibson is so smart at picking winners; who cares!!!! Im not interested in seeing a ex-baseball player turned horse racing guest hit homeruns in the Hollywood Park infield!. Lets get to basics guys! Tony A. obviously didnt get it, lets hope the next manager does! Just to put on your resume that you produced the show the late DDouble should get you fired EVERYWHERE!!! What a joke that show was...hiring drunks that call a jockey a tinkerbell and having games such as Yu and me. Tony you ought to be ashamed of yourself!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's sad but true that the TVG on-air product has not improved in over a decade. In fact, it's gotten worse. So many of their conventions -- ignoring major tracks as though they didn't exist because they can't/aren't carrying their signal, hawking the Pick-6 to a newbie clientele as though their $32 tickets are anything but a light snack for the guys playing realistically sized tickets, the self congratulation when someone stumbles onto a winning 3/2 shot -- would be forgivable if only we were given racing visuals that were up-to-date and easy to follow, like HD feeds and clear graphics. Thank goodness streaming online video has progressed to a point where TVG is inessential to the serious at-home player.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Right on man. You said it in a nutshell.
Robin Dawson More than 1 year ago
This is becoming quite funny : all the comments. The fact that some tin-pot guy is fired by TVG making headlines and eliciting hundreds more comments on this page than other serious issues, including the integrity of horse racing and its destruction by the over-use of medication, just confirms the sorry state of our dear sport.
Mike More than 1 year ago
Robin, I respect your input. I should point out that the issues you mention above elicit the same tremendous volume of responses too, if not more. Just go back and look at the responses to the stories about Rick Dutrow. Many of us do care about over medication and the integrity of the sport. I can't speak for the other respondents, but I contributed here because of my frustrations over the way viewers are treated by TVG. Handicappers and true racing fans (like you I'm sure) don't want juvenile banter from these networks and hosts. We want informative, professionally delivered programming from TVG and HRTV. When that doesn't happen, it's only natural and appropriate for us to respond when TVG makes a significant personnel change that could possibly affect program content. While I don't agree with the personal attacks from some in this forum, I do feel very strongly that TVG (and HRTV in some cases) has missed a great chance to serve the sport and its fans since its launch in 1999. I wish you good luck and continued enjoyment of this great game!
Robin Dawson More than 1 year ago
Well said. In my varied career in our great sport, over the past 40 years or so, I did spend some time as a so-called expert on the first TRNI programs in England, and I agree 100%: pundits are there to tell people things they don't know, and if all they can do is offer a lightweight interpretation of DRF PP's they should shut up.