VICTORIANS PREPARE FOR WAR
The battle lines have been well and truly drawn in the media rights war with a clear demarcation between the protagonists – Racing Victoria and its preferred partner, the powerful media conglomerate Seven West Media and the Tabcorp/Sky Channel combine on the other. Dozed off yet?
It’s a war which was a long time coming. Unlike the very cosy and almost intimate unholy alliance that exists in NSW between Racing NSW and Tabcorp /Sky Channel, in many respects, the relationship across the border between Tabcorp/Sky and Racing Victoria has been less than harmonious for a long time. The Victorian and NSW governing bodies are not only bitter rivals in all things to do with racing, but the Vics have long been increasingly suspicious of the cosy alliance across the border. Whereas a harsh word has never been spoken in public by the two parties about each other, in NSW, in Victoria, it’s at times been stormy and tempestuous. And as we all well know suspicion is a recipe for disaster in any relationship – personal or commercial.