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Tellytrack Court Blow

Racing broadcaster lumbered with costs

A long running dispute between Tellytrack and Marshalls World Of Sport and associated bookmakers reached a conclusion in the Durban High Court when Mr Justice Radebe dismissed Tellytrack’s claim with costs of two counsel.

The ongoing complaints from various bookmakers that Phumelela is charging excessive fees for its Tellytrack service reached a new twist in the long and winding road of years of legal wrangles.

The judgement is a major blow to Tellytrack, with a hefty legal bill to pay.

Read the full judgement here

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9 comments on “Tellytrack Court Blow

  1. Brett Maselle says:

    A downward slide has started …..in my opinion, this judgment is the acid test for determining whether the directors of the RA are genuinely interested in protecting the interests of Owners.

  2. Brian says:

    From a colleague, albeit a retired one, Brett, I feel quiet sure you are correct. They could never have won that case and I do feel that is just the tip of an ice berg

  3. Brian says:

    What is sad is the Tellytrack concept is truly great. It’s just in the wrong hands. I feel for some of the presenters and accept their passion and desire for the vocation. They’re just not good at it and some, if not all, got there because of “who you know”. I have no problem with the track commentators but now we know how it all works thanks to the Judgement, we can easily see why it’s a mess. Reminds me of street hustler’s

    1. Viking King says:

      Brian it may remind you of street hustlers – It reminds me of the old programme on SABC –
      People of the South

  4. Brian says:

    Oh my goodness!

  5. Albert X says:

    Why is the court case a blow for Tellytrack? It has lost nothing except a court case. Nothing changes. Am I missing something?

    1. Jurgs says:

      Pride, ego, infallibility shattered. Du Plessis mentioned the “good progress” being made in the court case at the Phumelela AGM.

      How many bookies that were bullied into signing the agreement will re-sign when renewals are due?

  6. Leon Smuts says:

    Even though I don’t have all the details around this I don’t believe that the fight is over. Copyright infringement was clearly the wrong approach which has to raise questions about council but there are still possibilities around being in breach of the licence agreement or not having a valid agreement in place. There must be some middle ground here that will allow all parties uninterrupted access as well as only a fair amount (to be determined) to be paid in terms of a licence agreement. Hope it will be resolved amicably around the table rather than in court in future. Racing needs all parties working towards a common goal of promoting and expanding the sport for the benefit of the entire industry, not just certain groups or stakeholders.

    1. Paulo says:

      Leon you are absolutely spot on. The problem with the initial approach was that it was a bullying tactic employed, which was perceived by many, as part of the hypocritical “war” on bookmakers. The charge was too high and the approach unilateral in a lot of ways.
      Its time the operators adopt an embracing attitude rather than a divide and conquer approach. The reason bookmakers exist is because they provide choice. The reason they are successful with the open bet, is because they offer better service than run down stores operated by the incumbent and provide a better service than the incumbent. They also provide credit.
      I can tell you most bookmakers would be happy to NOT carry the risk of open bets, if they were offered a better rebate model.

      Perhaps the solution is to stop treating the bookmakers as “criminals” and include them, with in Tellytrack and other selective decision making. Its easier to attract payments (license or otherwise), advertising, sponsorship, and even royalties, from a base of stakeholders that is included and co-operated with, than one which is continuously ostracized.

      The lights seem to be on at the operator…often we wonder if anyone is there!

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