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TVG
TVG logo.svg
Launched July 14, 1999
Owned by Betfair
Country United States
Website www.tvg.com
Availability
Satellite
DirecTV 602
Dish Network 405
IPTV
Verizon FiOs 315

TVG Network (or Television Games Network) is an American specialty channel dedicated to horse racing. The company broadcasts from Los Angeles, California and is available in the United States on Dish Network and DirecTV as well as select cable companies.

TVG Network is an interactive horse racing network that combines live, televised coverage from over 100 of the World's premier racetracks and allows viewers to make wagers from home: online, by phone, mobile phone and, where available, using a set-top remote control.

In addition to live horse racing, TVG Network features professional race analysis, interviews, handicapping tips, feature stories on the superstars of horse racing--the horses--personalities and legends of racing, and programs such as "The Works," featuring daily training and workouts of horses leading up to the Breeders' Cup. TVG Network also airs America's Horse, the American Quarter Horse Association's television program, Sunday mornings.

TVG began broadcasting in 1999, and has since become the largest interactive horse racing network in America. In May 2006, TVG introduced new shows, including "Morning Line", "Fandicapping", ":58 Flat" and "Lady Luck," an all female panel focusing on the day's races, and Drive Time a new show covering exclusive racing from the Meadowlands. TVG also takes you inside the racetrack with All Access coverage on select weekends. TVG places microphones on select Jockeys, Owners, Trainers, and the Starting Crew to give viewers an inside look at racing.

The company also maintains a fictional betting site, TVGFree.net, which allows it to have a presence in the fifteen states which prohibit televised and off-track betting. This is similar to poker sites which use the .net domain to differentiate their fictional betting sites from the .com sites which allow real gambling.

TVG covers over 80 tracks, with exclusive coverage of several tracks, including North American tracks such as Woodbine Race Course, Keeneland Race Course, Del Mar Racetrack, Hollywood Park Racetrack, Meadowlands, Suffolk Downs and Monmouth Park. The network also broadcasts races from various tracks in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Japan. TVG coverage includes events such as the Japan Cup, the Blue Grass Stakes and Royal Ascot.

In late February 2007, TVG ended its longtime affiliation with Churchill Downs Incorporated.

On January 27, 2009, Betfair has completed its acquisition of the TV Games Network (TVG) from Macrovision for $50 million in cash consideration[1].

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Current TVG Personalites

  • Matt Carothers (1999-present) host/analyst
  • Todd Schrupp (1999-present) host/analyst
  • Gary Seibel (1999-present) host/analyst/harness racing expert
  • Rich Perloff (2001-present) host/analyst
  • Bob Baedeker (2003-present) analyst
  • Nancy Ury (2005-present) host/analyst/reporter
  • Mike Joyce (2001-present) host/analyst/reporter/quarter horse expert
  • Dave Weaver (1999-present) host/analyst/quarter and harness racing expert
  • Chris Kotulak (2003-present) host/analyst/reporter/quarter horse expert
  • Frank Lyons (1999-present) analyst/reporter
  • Simon Bray (2004-present) analyst/reporter
  • Nick Hines (2005-present) analyst
  • Christina Olivares (2006-present) host/reporter/analyst
  • Ken Rudolph (1999-present) host
  • Les Onaka (2002-present) analyst/quarter horse expert
  • Michelle Yu (2006, 2009-present) analyst/reporter
  • Bill Seward (2000-present) host
  • Mike Valpredo (2006-present) host/reporter
  • Paul Lo Duca (2009-present) (former Major League Baseball player) analyst
  • Michelle Arnold (2009-present) reporter
  • Tim Bader (2009-present) reporter
  • Dena Cianfrocca (2009-present) reporter
  • Donna Barton-Brothers (1999-2002, 2009-present) analyst/reporter

Former TVG Personalites

  • Jill Byrne (2001-2009) now with HRTV and Churchill Downs: analyst/reporter
  • Priscilla Hojiwala (1999-2005, 2005-2006) now with the REELZCHANNEL: host/reporter/analyst
  • Caton Bredar (1999-2004) now working as a freelance broadcaster: host/analyst/reporter
  • Chris Harrison (1999-2002) now working on The Bachelor and Hollywood 411: host
  • Jeff Lifson (1999-2004) now working as Executive Vice President for West Point Thoroughbreds: host/analyst/reporter
  • Meredith Gleaves (2003-2008) now working for Calder Race Course: analyst/reporter/quarter horse expert/producer
  • Rhonda Collins (2004-2005) ?: Host/analyst/reporter
  • Julie Krone (1999-2000) now a staying home mom: analyst
  • Claudia Simon (1999-2002) ?: host/analyst/reporter
  • Jessica York (2005-2006) ?: host/reporter/analyst
  • Fred Cogan (1999-2000) ?: analyst
  • Jeannine Edwards (2003) now with ESPN: reporter/analyst
  • Jill Baffert (2003-2004) now a staying home mom: reporter/analyst
  • Zoe Cadman (2006-2007) now with HRTV: analyst
  • Bryan Cox (2004-2005) ?: analyst
  • Craig Hummer (1999-2000) now with Versus: reporter
  • Stephanie Schuler (1999-2002) ?: reporter
  • Randy Sparage (2006-2007) anchor, Fox Sports.Com: host

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