New York Times: ‘End may be near’ for greyhound racing

by | 03.09.2012 | 7:13am

The New York Times looks at the current state of greyhound racing in the U.S., which has lost more than half its tracks in the past decade but managed to survive largely due to funding from casino gambling.

Now, the Times says greyhound track owners are actually joining the chorus of opposition to the sport:

“Complaining that they are being forced to spend millions of dollars a year to subsidize a pastime that the public has all but abandoned, greyhound track owners in Iowa, Florida and Arizona have been lobbying for changes in the law that would allow them to cut the number of races, or even shut down their tracks, while keeping their far more lucrative gambling operations.”

“Though the legislative outcome is in doubt in the short term, the effort has intensified the concern that the end may be near for a century-old pastime.”

“There is no reason to continue spending money on a dying sport,” said Bo Guidry, general manager at the Horseshoe Council Bluffs casino complex, which includes Bluffs Run. Caesars Entertainment, which owns the operation and was required to spend $10 million last year on dog racing, has offered to pay the state $49 million for the right to close the track.

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