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NSW Court Confusion 1: $2m Fee Refund To Sportsbet

Thursday, 17th June 2010

The future of racing funding in NSW "is in limbo after a court ruled the way the sport collects fees was discriminatory against major bookmakers," reported The Daily Telegraph. However the newspaper noted: "All sides are claiming victory after the Federal Court handed down its judgement in a case with wide-ranging implications for the sport." Under the headline "Federal Court Rules Bookies Were Discriminated Against", the paper also quoted Racing NSW chief executive Peter V'Landys claiming "the biggest win was that his race fields legislation was validated" & declaring: "The judge has found that the legislation is valid - we do have the right to charge & the turnover model is the right one." But the paper also reported: "However Justice Perram ruled that attempts to exempt the TAB & local bookies from the fee was protectionist. As a result, he upheld arguments put by Darwin-based corporate bookmaker Sportsbet, which claimed all interstate bookies were discriminated against. Racing NSW were ordered to pay back Sportsbet more than $2 million in fees collected - but the matter is far from settled."

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