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CBS Sports Network Teams with WSOP in Exclusive TV Rights Deal

The World Series of Poker has publicly revealed that it has entered into a partnership with the CBS Sports Network to provide exclusive U.S. televised coverage of the historic annual event in Las Vegas.

This year’s Series is scheduled to begin in late September, culminating in the 52nd Annual WSOP “Main Event” tentatively set to take place from November 4th-17th.

WSOP Fans React to U.S. Televised Departure from ESPN

Poker players and fans are reacting in real time to the news on Twitter this Monday.

One of the main commentary topics on the social media platform is focused on whether longtime WSOP announcers Lon McEachern and Norman Chad will return to the set following nearly two decades of in-booth collaboration.

I’m curious if they will keep the same broadcast team and if Norm is healthy enough to be in the booth?,” posted John Lyons.

Another trend that poker people are exploring this week is the possibility of more premium subscription requirements to view “showcase” events tied to major sports interests including the NFL, The Masters, and NCAA Basketball.

Pay-to-be-amazed business models for exclusive “marquee” televised sports entertainment events have been a longstanding tradition in the United States.

The practice was adopted on a nationwide scale during the 1980s through closed-circuit boxing and wrestling matches, which were negotiated and broadcast via exclusive Cable TV rights agreements between networks and the original content providers.

While some fans in the thread have argued that a departure from ESPN will result in less viewership and reduced mainstream exposure for the brand, Los Angeles poker organizer (and apparent #CryptoPunk enthusiast) Scotty Wayne counters that ESPNput more time into promoting the X-games” than the WSOP.

WSOP 2021 TV Schedule To Be Determined

It is unknown at this time if 2021 televised air dates for this year’s “live” World Series of Poker from the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino Las Vegas will become a reality, or whether the coverage will be pushed back until the 2022 calendar year.

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