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TVG Meets with N.M. Gov.

9/30/2004 6:13 AM Eastern

Television Games Network Thursday responded to criticism from New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.

TVG, members of Richardson’s office and representatives from state regulatory agencies met Thursday to discuss the concerns raised by Richardson Tuesday. The parties agreed to work together and continue to discuss the issues.

TVG will continue to be distributed via cable and satellite systems in New Mexico. The network voluntarily suspended its transactions with New Mexico residents Tuesday until a compromise is reached.

"I am calling on TVG and Comcast Cable to halt in-home pari-mutuel betting in New Mexico," AP quoted Richardson as saying earlier this week. "In-home wagering is clearly illegal under New Mexico law, and I want it stopped."

TVG responded before the Thursday meeting: “TVG is only one of several companies that accept pari-mutuel wagering from New Mexico residents. We believe TVG's activities in New Mexico are permissible under the applicable regulations, having received approval of our race-track agreements from the New Mexico Racing Commission.”

Comcast began offering TVG to its digital customers in the Albuquerque, N.M., area last month.

 

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