The COVID-19 crisis has not spared the betting sector, and sports betting fans are having to adjust to losing one of the sectors institutions, albeit for a short time.
The Racing Post, read by millions in betting shops and racetracks around the country has announced that it will be suspending the print run of their daily newspaper from Thursday. The decision was taken, according to management at the paper, because it was having to adapt to the ongoing disruption to racing and sport during the global pandemic:
“Unfortunately, with racing in Britain and Ireland halted, betting shops closed, and our governments urging everyone to stay at home as much as possible to slow the spread of the coronavirus, we have been left with no other choice.”
During the crisis, the Racing Post say they will continue to publish their content on all of their digital and mobile platforms, helping to keep racing fans, stakeholders and punters informed throughout the rest of the shutdown. The statement from the paper emphasised that they were looking forward to betting times ahead, and that their writers had produced articles on the stars of racing to keep readers entertained in the short term. And the editor of the Racing Post, Tom Kerr, asked readers to follow the paper online, but above all to stay safe and healthy.
There is no firm date yet for when the print publication will resume. Racing in the UK has already been shut down until the end of March although that date is sure to be extended, given that racing in Ireland has been cancelled until April 19 at the earliest. All retail betting shops, most of which displayed special editions of the Racing Post for their customers, have also shut down, while all professional sport in the UK has been cancelled.