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Internet Bets Essential To NY Franchise
In New York, US National Thoroughbred Racing Association senior vice president-communications Keith Chamblin addressed the Committee On The Future Of Racing ("charged with issuing a request for proposals to operate racing at Aqueduct, Belmont Park & Saratoga after the NY Racing Association's current franchise expires at the end of 2007) & "stressed the importance of having internet wagering available for the next franchise holder," reported thoroughbredtimes.com. Chamblin emphasised "the key to increased national fan interest is the internet & declared: "The broader question for New York is: Are you going to allow your racetracks to compete? Internet gaming is here to stay." When Committee member Bernadette Castro asked if the industry should consider "racing evenings or other ideas to increase attendance," Chamblin replied: "It doesn't have to be 1 or the other. We need to use the internet to drive more fans to the racetrack." Similarly Cary Fotias (who runs a handicapping company in New York City & was a member of the NTRA's Players Panel focus group) also emphasised the need to get involved with internet wagering, summing up bluntly: "We have to take advantage of this new technology or this game will die."