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TVG dismisses Allevato, executive vice president
By Matt Hegarty
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.
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.
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.
I am seriously tired of Joe T's prostate...somebody please just break his other leg!
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.
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.
I enjoy TVG. I would enjoy TVG more if they delivered a high-definition signal to DirecTV.
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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