Courtesy of Patrick Patten
I believe the most pressing issue in the sport is the ADW
issue. And yet when someone talks about
it I wonder if it would hurt that bad
if I stuck a fork in my ear and twisted.
Talks are again being, well talked, and not
much is coming from them accept acrimony.
Shock I know.
And who can blame them?
Not me. If you put three people
in a room, all who represent a group with different incentives and motivations
what do you expect? There is no way
they reach a common goal as someone, maybe all of them, have to give something
up. While it would be nice if they
played nice, hugged it out, or did some actual work it's not in their best
interest. Oh, it's in our, the fans,
best interest, but we're not represented on this panel, and it would be 1 on 3,
we'd still probably lose.
said it before (and been made fun of), but horseracing doesn't need a
commissioner, it needs a moderator. Get
someone not attached to the sport with an accounting & law background, have
everyone approve of that person and let everyone present their best case. In the end the moderator puts out a couple
plans and everyone is forced, coerced to sign up for one of them. What leverage does the moderator have? Image. No
one wants to look bad, be called out as being out of touch, especially if 2 out
of 3 sign on. It's not perfect, but
better than the current forum sniping we see.
If you'd like to learn more about ADW issues and get
involved there are two groups I know of.
HANA is a fan
startup specifically focused on takeout.
The Horseplayers Coalition
is outside the NTRA but currently working with it & lobbying on tax
issues. There's a membership fee for the
Coalition, but you become a member of NTRA advantage, very worth