The Indiana Standardbred Association (ISA) has received $5,000 toward the continuing implementation and operation of live streaming for the 2023 Indiana Sired Fair Circuit (ISFC). A total of $105,000 for 14 broadcast funding requests were provided by the U.S. Trotting Association, covering racetracks, horsemen’s associations and internet media entities.
The funding was acquired by an application provided by Tony Renz, Executive Director of ISA. Renz provided information on expenses for “Mark the Spot” which broadcasts each of the fair locations throughout the season. The funding will go toward the continuation of the live streaming broadcasts, which have been very popular with horsemen and horsewomen the past two years.
The U.S. Trotting Association’s Board of Directors recently reviewed all requests submitted through their Broadcast Committee. The ISA will provide a recap of the services offered this season for the ISFC and any analytics collected from the audiences.
The ISA joins the Iowa Harness Horsemen’s Association, the Illinois Harness Horsemen’s Association, the Michigan Harness Horsemen’s Association, and the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association as recipients from the funding. Additionally, Harrah’s Hoosier Park and The Meadowlands each received $25,000 for the 2023 racing season. Other entities receiving funding include In the Money Media, Post Time with Heather Vitale, the Little Brown Jug, The Meadows and Meadows Standardbred Association, Yonkers Raceway and North American Harness Update.
Funding from the USTA’s Broadcast Committee will support national broadcast television, local broadcast media, livestream broadcasts and podcasts. In addition to the $105,000 allotted, the committee held back $20,000 for needs that arise during the 2023 racing season.