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NTRA WAGERING INTEGRITY ALLIANCE HIRES JIM QUINN TO NEW POSITION OF PLAYERS' REPRESENTATIVE
Jim Quinn, a noted handicapper and author who coordinated customer response and participated in consumer research following the Breeders' Cup Pick 6 betting fraud as a member of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's (NTRA) Wagering Technology Working Group, has been named to the newly established position of Players' Representative by the NTRA Wagering Integrity Alliance (WIA).
In this role, Quinn will serve as the official NTRA liaison to the horseplaying community and be available to the general public regarding any issues related to wagering. Quinn, who can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, will also establish and oversee a Player Panel to discuss and advise the NTRA Wagering Integrity Alliance on player issues (e.g., taxation, bet types, individual state rules, et al.), make recommendations to the NTRA legislative group regarding such issues as taxation and withholding, continue research on prevailing attitudes among players, and review existing account wagering procedures and establish a set of best practices in this area.
"We are delighted to have Jim on board in this new ombudsman's capacity," said NTRA Commissioner Tim Smith. "Horseplayers, the people whose wagering dollars fuel our industry, deserve a recognized, accountable representative who can speak for their interests when decisions are being made. I hope our customers will not hesitate to contact Jim. His presence in this role insures that their input will be heard."
Following the release of an Interim Report in February, the WIA continues with its systematic review of Pick Six wagering events from 2002. A WIA committee, which includes security consultants from Giuliani Partners, is currently examining several hundred transactions. The WIA also continues to review overall systems security with Ernst & Young. The WIA is expected to release its next Interim Report in late May or early June.
The NTRA Wagering Integrity Alliance was started in November 2002 in an effort to broaden industry participation and financial support for the various initiatives then being under taken to maintain and upgrade wagering security. The NTRA, including the Breeders' Cup, pledged an initial $1 million to these efforts, and established the goal of raising a total of up to $3.5 million for a wide range of wagering security activities, from the Ernst & Young and Giuliani Partners studies to public surveys and communications, to additional legal, legislative and technical consulting projects.
Starting with Churchill Downs, Inc., Magna Entertainment Corp. and the New York Racing Association, NTRA member tracks have committed over $1 million to the Alliance. Keeneland, Fasig-Tipton and other prominent sales companies have also participated at significant levels, as has the American Quarter Horse Association. The Jockey Club and TVG Network each have contributed $250,000, and numerous other contributions and pledges have been received, bringing the total raised close to the $3.5 million goal. A current list of NTRA Wagering Integrity Alliance participants and contributors can be found at NTRA.com.
The NTRA is a broad-based coalition of horseracing interests, including the American Quarter Horse Association, charged with increasing popularity of horseracing and improving economic conditions for industry participants. The NTRA and Breeders' Cup Limited also administer the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, Thoroughbred racing's year-end Championships consisting of eight races and $13 million in purses and awards, the Breeders' Cup Stakes Program and the Great State Challenge. The NTRA has offices in Lexington, Ky., and New York City. NTRA press releases appear on the NTRA Web site, www.ntra.com.
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