SIS to purchase Newcastle and Sunderland greyhound stadia
SIS has agreed a deal to acquire Newcastle and Sunderland greyhound stadia from bookmaker William Hill.
Pictures and data from both tracks will now be added to the SIS portfolio of rights, which also includes content from venues at Monmore, Crayford, Hove and Romford.
SIS said that no “significant changes” will be made to either of the tracks, with the venues to be run as a separate subsidiary of SIS.
The deal remains subject to final agreement and the appropriate regulatory authority approvals.
“The acquisition of Newcastle and Sunderland is very exciting for us and our customers and strengthens our position as a distributor of high quality pictures and data for greyhound racing,” SIS chief executive Gary Smith said.
“Under William Hill’s ownership the facilities have been well maintained and the tracks have staged high-quality, competitive greyhound racing, which has been popular with punters, both on- and off-track.”
Nicola Frampton, retail managing director at William Hill, added: “Newcastle and Sunderland greyhound stadia are among the best run in the industry and we would like to thank the teams at both tracks for all their hard work and success during William Hill’s period of ownership.
“In looking at options for the tracks the continuation of greyhound racing at the stadia and the safeguarding of employment were paramount.
“We are therefore pleased to have reached agreement with SIS who are the right owner to take the business forward over the long term.”
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