Todd Roberts

The Week in Review: In Light of Saturday's Tote Failure, the Industry Must Search for Answers

It's still not clear exactly what went wrong Saturday when a tote failure impacted several tracks, including Tampa Bay Downs. The Oldsmar, Florida track took a huge hit when it was forced to run the GIII Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby as a non-wagering event and to also cancel the last race of the day. Tampa Bay Downs Vice President and General Manager Pete Berube estimates that the track lost as much as $4.5 million in handle because betting wasn't available. There was a massive telecommunications network failure Saturday afternoon...

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Roberts Communications Network Acquires OGN Racing Kiosk Business

Roberts Communications Network, LLC (RCN) has acquired OGN Racing, LLC, and OGN Racing--Canada ULC, which will greatly expand the network's racing information kiosk business and bring innovation to the industry, the distributor said in a Wednesday release. OGN Racing has more than 100 program printing kiosks deployed across the United States and Canada, which RCN intends to replace with its state-of-the-art newly designed kiosk featuring added functionality and enhancements. "We see a great opportunity to significantly improve this aspect of the racing industry," said RCN President & CEO Todd Roberts....

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Arizona Symposium to be Streamed Live on RCN

The University of Arizona's Race Track Industry Program (RTIP) Global Symposium on Racing, scheduled for Dec. 4 - 6, 2023, will be streamed live online, so that those unable to attend the conference in person will still be able to watch the panel sessions. Roberts Communications Network (RCN) will make the stream available on the Racetrack Television Network (RTN), with all proceeds from the sales going back to the RTIP. "Every year, the Global Symposium on Racing brings together the international racing community to discuss the most important topics in...

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Roberts Communications Enters Distribution Agreement with Fathom Events

Roberts Communications Network, a longtime worldwide video distribution and wagering data communications services provider for the racing industry, has entered into a comprehensive satellite broadcast distribution agreement with Fathom Events. Fathom Events delivers a wide variety of both live and pre-recorded content, including performances from The Metropolitan Opera, classic film anniversaries, live sports, concerts and episodic content to more than 1,100 theaters. RCN recently moved into a state-of-the-art 10-acre broadcast facility in Henderson, Nevada, from where it will distribute Fathom Events' content via satellite throughout North America. "We take pride...

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Senior VP Hill Leaving Roberts Communications Network

Officials at Roberts Communications Network, the leading worldwide video distribution and wagering data communications services provider for the racing industry, has announced that its Senior Vice President Joe Hill is departing the company to pursue new opportunities. Over the course of his 22-year tenure at RCN, Hill oversaw the company's terrestrial data communications and video networks, greatly expanding its reach on a global scale. "It goes without saying that I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to help build RCN into what it is today and being able to innovate...

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