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December 8, 2010
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My horse racing hating co-blogger is probably doing a jig right now, because it looks like New York City’s OTB parlors have finally been killed off.  You may, but probably don’t, recall our duelling posts on the joys of OTB parlors, and the lack thereof. Suffice it to say I was right and he was wrong.

Jessica Chapel reports:

NYC OTB closed at midnight last night after the New York state senate failed to pass a bill that would have allowed the company to continue operations. That means no more Channel 71 for racing fans watching at home. Much more seriously, it means more than 800 people out of work, an as-yet-unknown amount of lost wagering dollars, and more than $600 million in added state debt. The situation really couldn’t have been handled any worse. “As bad as OTB was, this was not the time to kill it,” observes Bill Finley. It certainly wasn’t the right way to kill it. But, is this the end? “I’m not ready to write the epitaph quite yet,” writes Alan Mann in his analysis of what happened yesterday. I suspect he’s right. The impact of the shutdown will be felt immediately, giving the state and industry plenty of incentives to revive New York City off-track betting, and maybe even in a form that benefits the game.

OTB was horrible, and horribly run, in many many ways. But the OTB parlors were places like no other and I, for one, will miss them.

I’m just glad that we got Marty’s crawl over to the Winner’s Circle before it all went to shit.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. jco permalink
    December 8, 2010 12:15 pm

    “He is moving like a tremendous machine!” Watching that race never gets old.

  2. December 8, 2010 12:28 pm

    Shit, yesterday I heard the Mars Bar is closing down and now this. What’s happening to this town?

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