Las Vegas race books may lose dissemination signals

Jul 31, 2012 3:00 AM

Signals crossed?

Nevada Gaming Regulators argued late Monday to avoid a shutdown of race book signals by extending the current contract until the Gaming Commission hearing on August 24.

Las Vegas race books may be faced with loss of their dissemination signals this week. Not surprisingly, this is an argument about money – who wants to pay it and what’s a reasonable fee.

John Gaughan of Las Vegas Disseminators, the business that delivers signals to the casinos could not be reached for comment on the issue.

The other question that may get some careful thought is how many people really care. Two officials familiar with the race book business told me Sunday. “Racing is a mostly dead or dying business and it has been difficult to develop new interest here in Las Vegas.

One of them added, “I don’t think John did well with his current contract. The lack of interest in racing made it difficult to do much marketing.”