AND DOWN THE STRETCH THEY COME: NTRA SIGNS EXPANDED ABC DEAL
The NTRA reached an agreement in principle with ABC Sports for an expanded package of Triple Crown prep races for '99 and 2000. NTRA Commissioner Tim Smith said the deal offers four new shows and an expanded fifth show leading up to the Visa Triple Crown Challenge. The deal marks an increase of two and a half hours from ABC's '98 coverage. The deal was handled by The Marquee Group's SMTI (NTRA).