|UK Bookies Lose Out as Turf TV Legal Saga Concludes|
Ladbrokes and William Hill are among a group of UK bookmakers that has lost its two-year legal battle against Turf TV parent company Amalgamated Racing (Amrac).
The Supreme Court on Monday refused the bookmakers permission to appeal July’s Court of Appeal decision that Amrac had not acquired its horse racing media rights in contravention of UK competition law and the EC Treaty, concluding a two-year legal battle which began in September 2007.
Turf TV parent company Amrac was established as a joint venture between racing technology company Alphameric and Racecourse Media Services, owned by 30 of the UK’s largest racecourses, including Ascot, Cheltenham, Epsom and Newmarket.
The group of bookmakers initially launched their legal action against Amrac in September 2007, alleging Amrac had acted as a cartel while establishing Turf TV to undermine the bookmakers’ existing channel, Satellite Information Services (SIS).
However, the bookmakers subsequently lost two legal challenges to Amrac over the rights to broadcast live races from 31 of the UK’s racecourses, first in the High Court in August 2008, and then in the Court of Appeal in July 2009.
Today’s ruling by the Supreme Court brings final conclusion to the legal proceedings in favour of Amrac, Alphameric and the other defendants in the case.
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