http://www.gamingtoday.com/industry/article/40917-Nev_resorts_ask_for_sports_wagering_kiosk_legislation Nevada legislators may give Nevada’s beleaguered race book business one of the biggest boosts it has had in years this week. They’re scheduled to consider a proposal that would restore a book’s right to offer rebates. Senate Bill 425 will allow – assuming it clears legislative hurdles – a marketing tool that is widely seen as offering a big helping hand to race book operators during a time when the racing business is being pressured on all sides by other forms of gaming related entertainment. This past Monday’s scheduled hearing on SB 425 before the Senate Judiciary Committee had me remembering a conversation I had with South Point Casino owner Michael Gaughan months ago when he was describing the challenging times facing Nevada race books. The “sport of kings,” he said, his voice dripping with sarcasm, had become “the sport of jacks…There is no such thing as new race book customers in Nevada. The pie continues to shrink as the cost of doing business increases.” Followers of the ponies have all gone elsewhere, he explained, to betting parlors in other states or to off-shore casinos that could be accessed via the Internet; all of them being locales where rebates are legal. Bring back rebates, he said. It will make a difference as it has in other jurisdictions where the issue has been examined with action very different than that taken by Nevada officials who banned rebates, supposedly because of a mistaken view that they were costing the state tax revenue.