The takeover of Sunderland and Newcastle greyhound stadiums by SIS (Sports Information Services) has been hogging the headlines of greyhound racing lately, but it is business as usual for the teams at both tracks.
Joe O’Donnell, who has been director of stadia at both tracks since 2002 sees no worries from the change of ownership.
He says: “I believe this is good for the tracks. SIS is only interested in what is happening on the tracks and the racing is paramount to their interests as a product for the betting shops. They are not developers.
“As far as the management, staff and trainers are concerned it’s business as usual, and myself and Ian Walton will be remaining when the deal goes through, which is expected to be towards the end of May.”
Sports Information Services announced they were in talks to acquire both Sunderland and Newcastle stadiums in February, putting an end to the 15 year ownership of bookmaker William Hill.