This weekend's DRF/NTRA National Handicapping tournament will not be televised on ESPN as it has been in the past. Per a press release from CDI, updates will be provided on the net at twinspires.com and you don't even have to have an account to watch (but why not sign up for one anyway!). "Jill Byrne will be on site breaking down all of the NHC action with video updates, interviews and player reactions."
Why did TwinSpires step up to provide this service? “When we learned the major racing television networks were not going to be on site covering the event, we found a way to step in and help out those horseplayers who wanted to get closer to the action from the Red Rock,” said Jeremy Clemons VP of Marketing for TwinSpires.com. ‘We are constantly looking for unique and innovative ways to engage the horseplayer community.”
The coverage will be throughout Friday (1/23) and Saturday (1/24) as the contest progresses and can be found at http://www.twinspires.com/.
I know I'll be checking out the action (so jealous that I won't be competing) as it should be very exciting. My contest shot in Vegas resulted in a narrow miss to qualify back in September, but was a great learning experience. Jay Cronley had a nice article on the pressures of a handicapping contest last year that spewed some interesting advice.