BHA ‘understands’ York racecourse’s position over bookmakers

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Nick Rust, the chief executive of the British Horseracing Authority, said on Thursday that he “understands” the “pragmatic position” taken by York racecourse over its approach to bookmakers from offshore betting sites that do not make any contribution to racing.

From 1 January, the BHA will introduce “Approved Betting Partner” status for betting firms that agree to return a percentage of their gross profits to the sport. Both Jockey Club Racecourses and Arena Racing Company (ARC), the sport’s biggest racecourse operators, have agreed that they will not enter into new sponsorship deals with non-ABP firms, or renew existing deals. York, however, said on Wednesday that it could continue to renew existing deals with non-ABP sponsors, including BetFred, Sky Bet and Betway, though none of these are due for renewal before 2017.

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