Colorado Signs Law to Ban Out-of-State Broadcast Greyhound Racing
The US State of Colorado has just signed into law a ban on the broadcasting of the sport of greyhound racing within the state.
The “Prohibit Wagering on Simulcast Greyhound Races” bill was signed by Jared Polis, the Governor of Colorado, receiving support from both political parties, and will come into effect from October 1st, 2024.
Greyhound racing has been banned in the state of Colorado since 2014 and has been outlawed in a total of 42 US states in North America. The reason greyhound racing was banned was due to concerns about the welfare of the dog in the racing industry.
Within the US, there are only two greyhound racetracks which are both located in West Virginia. Punters in Colorado have been able to wager on these races via simulcast, as well as greyhound race meetings broadcast from countries like the United Kingdom and Mexico.
The legislators in the State say the banning of out-of-state broadcasts of greyhound race meetings will bring an end to bettors in Colorado supporting an industry that is banned within the majority of states within North America.
Currently, gaming operators in the state pay monies to regulators to broadcast greyhound meetings from racetracks and a percentage of this money is allocated to the racehorse industry in Colorado. The introduction of the ban has been delayed until October next year to allow those in the racing industry who will lose revenue to find an alternative source of funds.
One of the leading campaigners to end dog racing in Colorado is Christine Dorchak, who said. “Today marks a victory for everyone in the state who cares about greyhounds, opposes dog racing, and wants to make sure that Colorado is not propping up in an industry that was outlawed here long ago,”