World Sequence of Poker (WSOP) Leaving ESPN for CBS Sports activities
The World Sequence of Poker (WSOP) has discovered a brand new house on the airwaves!
The WSOP, which for many years has appeared on ESPN, has struck a multi-year rights settlement with CBS Sports activities, which can turn into their new home tv associate for airing “The Major Occasion” and different “Bracelet Occasions.” This yr’s dwell WSOP will happen on the Rio All-Suite Lodge & On line casino from September 30-November 23.
The deal is in impact for 2021 with 15 hours of Major Occasion protection deliberate in addition to 36 hours from 18 extra bracelet occasions. Protection particulars will likely be introduced within the coming months as soon as the WSOP schedule turns into official. It’s anticipated that WSOP protection will seem on different Viacom CBS platforms, together with the subscription-based Paramount +, previously often known as CBS All Entry.
Partnership May Result in “Elevated Tv Protection”
Whereas most followers know ESPN as the house of the WSOP on TV, CBS Sports activities was truly its unique broadcast associate because the WSOP Major Occasion was featured on CBS Sports activities Spectacular again within the mid-Nineteen Seventies.
“CBS Sports activities has lengthy been a pioneer in overlaying a broad vary of championship sports activities,” mentioned Ty Stewart, WSOP Government Director. “We couldn’t be extra excited to see elevated tv protection of the WSOP within the coming years and profit from their rising media platforms.”
Dan Weinberg, Government Vice President of Programming, CBS Sports activities, added: “Following our previous success with Poker Central, we’re excited to increase our relationship with the highest-profile and richest occasion in aggressive event Poker that includes the perfect gamers on the planet. This deal matches completely in our technique to mix best-in-class occasions with our CBS Sports activities model.”
The deal comes almost two years after PokerGO and CBS joined forces to dwell stream gold bracelet occasions from the fiftieth Annual WSOP. Followers would possibly recall that some occasions streamed on PokerGO in 2019, whereas others aired on CBS All Entry, CBS Sports activities Community, and CBS Sports activities Digital platforms. That yr, Lon McEachern, Ali Nejad, and David Tuchman supplied many of the shade commentary.
There’s no phrase on what the newest deal would possibly imply for the way forward for WSOP commentary, which was shaken up a bit of final yr when Jamie Kerstetter crammed in for an apparently COVID-stricken Norman Chad on episodes of the 2020 WSOP Major Occasion.