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Bookmakers come out fighting as betting row reaches High Court

2 Jun 2008

LONDON, England – As reported by The Guardian: "A High Court hearing involving some of Britain's biggest bookies and the country's leading racecourses has heard that Warwick Bartlett, a leading figure in the racing and gambling worlds, described managers at the Tote as 'irredeamable [sic] bastards', who 'should have been shot at birth'.

"The colourful language used by Bartlett, who is a director of the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB), the industry body that represents the UK's biggest bookmakers, emerged during a High Court hearing over who has the right to broadcast television coverage of race meetings to betting shops.

"Leading bookmakers Ladbrokes, William Hill and Betfair are shareholders in Satellite Information Services (SIS), which supplied coverage of races to Britain's 8,000 betting shops for 20 years. They are suing the owners of 31 racecourses that set up a rival broadcaster, Turf TV, alleging they broke competition laws by selling the rights exclusively to the new company, which then charged bookies more to carry the coverage.

"The courses have issued a counter-claim accusing the bookies of trying to stifle competition…"

 
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