Ebro, other Florida tracks see lower revenue, attendance

Published: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 05:11 PM.

Theil said some tracks are “treading water,” such as one in the Naples area, which only saw a 1.3 percent decline in live greyhound betting, but others show “staggering” decreases. Live betting fell in Jacksonville by 12 percent, in Miami (at the Flagler track) by 20 percent, in Pensacola by 18.46 percent and in Melbourne by 28.17 percent.

“Those are precipitous declines that clearly are not sustainable in any kind of long-term way,” Theil said.

Falling revenue hurts everyone, including the dogs, Theil said. His group is now more concerned than ever that there won’t be enough money to properly care for the dogs.

“These numbers, to us, give us a renewed urgency to fight for greyhound decoupling and to fight for stronger (greyhound) welfare provisions,” he said. “Clearly there’s less money available than ever before in the Florida dog racing industry, and that means that everyone is going to suffer.”

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