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SLGA Comments On HMA Decision

Published: March 3, 2013 9:10 pm ET

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Following the announcement last week that the Saskatchewan Liquor & Gaming Authority (SLGA) has denied West Meadows Raceway's request for Home Market Area status in Regina threatening the track's future operations, a spokesperson for the crown corporation has commented on the decision.

In an article by the Leader-Post, SLGA spokesperson David Morris noted that it's been a decade since Regina's Queensbury Downs closed and its teletheatre operations were amalgamated with Saskatoon's Prairieland Park.

“By having a single operator, it has helped ensure the overall viability of the teletheatre part of the industry," Morris was quoted as saying in the Leader-Post article. "From our perspective, we respect the market decision that was made and will not be changing the current market area.

"In considering West Meadows' request, we determined that the reintroduction of additional teletheatre networks into the province would mean increased overall costs for competing operators and have an impact on the existing revenues.”

West Meadows Raceway President Jane Grainger stated last week that the track may be forced to close if there is no change regarding Home Market Area or transitional funding for the industry, which saw its government grants cancelled in 2012.

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