Thursday, July 8, 2010
At the Times today, Russ Buettner looks at the latest OTB wretched excess...spending millions on consultants and research ... Why?
Much of the [the consultants'] effort involved wrestling with unpleasant perceptions of OTB parlors and clientele.
As the Times notes, "For now, the consultants’ expensive work product appears to have no more value than a torn race ticket on a dirty linoleum floor." The new OTB boss doesn't care for the work that was done by his predecessor.
Wonder how much longer before the whole OTB system is shuttered... they're what, $200 million in the hole now? Go to one while you can.
This line from the Times a few years back sums it up best about the future of the OTB: It is an ever-narrowing slice of New York that still belongs to the hustler and the old-timer. Soon it may be extinct...
Like everything else that helps give the city some character.
[Photo at the Delancey OTB by EV Grieve]