After the news that the United Irish Racecourses (UIR) rejected a media rights deal earlier this week, Arena Racing Company (ARC) and Sky Sports Racing released a statement in support of the UIR on Thursday. The two companies will be negotiating with Horse Racing Ireland (HRI), UIR, and the Association of Irish Racecourses (AIR) for the UIR's media rights in the near future.
The statement read, “Arena Racing Company and Sky Sports Racing are delighted that the opportunity to develop a partnership with the five United Irish Racecourses is now possible.
“We welcome the prospect of engaging in the very near future in detailed discussions with UIR, Horse Racing Ireland and the Association of Irish Racecourses on the media rights for these five racecourses.
“We are excited at the prospect of establishing a significant, valuable and long-term partnership with Kilbeggan, Limerick, Roscommon, Sligo and Thurles.”
The UIR–made up of Kilbeggan, Limerick, Roscommon, Sligo, and Thurles–rejected a media rights proposal at the general meeting of the Association of Irish Racecourses (AIR) on Tuesday. The other 21 Irish racecourses approved the new deal, which is with Sports Information Services (SIS) and the Racecourse Media Group (RMG).