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Arizona Racing Industry Fear Changes

10 July 2003

ARIZONA – As reported by the Arizona Republic: “Arizona Indian casinos will unfairly harm the state's horse- and dog-racing industry if they're ever allowed to beam out-of-state racing signals directly into their establishments, racing industry representatives and regulators told the state's top casino regulator Wednesday.

“While no such proposal has been made, racing officials fear tribes will seek the right by negotiating an appendix to the Proposition 202 tribal-state gambling agreement that voters passed last fall.

“Now, casinos and other off-track wagering facilities such as bars and restaurants must take their signals from in-state track operators who beam their own races and those from other states. Tracks then return a portion of their simulcast and off-track proceeds to horse and dog breeders and owners to help support the racing industry. No casinos, however, currently take such signals.

“…Racing officials say their industry - with nearly 6,000 jobs and annual direct and indirect economic impact of $241.8 million - already is suffering from Indian casinos' monopoly on slot machines and can't afford more losses.

“…Paul Bullis, director of the state Department of Gaming, which regulates Indian casinos along with tribal regulators, said no new simulcast proposal is under consideration…”

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