As of tomorrow (Wed 22nd), the Irish Greyhound Board will be controlling video footage of its races from stadia around the country so that it will only be available where there is a financial benefit to the Board.

Please see thier press statement below:

The Irish Greyhound Board is to reinforce its control of the supply of video pictures from greyhound stadia around the country, and limit distribution of those pictures to websites with whom it has a commercial agreement.  The move is to take effect from Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008.

The general public and those with a specific interest in Irish greyhound racing will still have free access to archive video content from Shelbourne Park, Harolds Cross and Curraheen Park at www.igb.ie.

“As with any sports event, a significant part of future income streams will reside in the value attributed to picture rights,” said Irish Greyhound Board Head of Tote Patricia Griffin.  “We are successfully trialling betting on our racing with a number of overseas partners and control of the picture content is an important part of maintaining control of the betting product.”

“In light of the reduction of the Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund from government we have to consider every possible avenue of potential revenue.  Irish greyhound racing has an enviable and well earned reputation on a global scale and international betting will be a significant revenue stream for many years to come.”

“In order to protect that we have to control our video content and so will only now be making this available externally where there is a commercial benefit which will be for the overall good of the sport.”

It appears that as the greyhound racing industry continues to suffer from reduced interest in betting and attending races, organisations such as the IGB are making desperate moves such as this simply in order to keep thier businesses going.

For the original statement please see the IGB website www.igb.ie

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