4-month hiatus remains in effect for 2010 World Series of Poker M
The 2010 World Series of Poker schedule has been released, and there are some fascinating changes to the tournament series –and even more fascinating non-changes, such as the decision to continue to have a long 4-month break in the action before the final table is concluded.
The reasons given are always to give ESPN a chance to promote the WSOP and increase TV ratings, and to televise the event as close to the conclusion as possible so as not to spoil the results for people. Unfortunately, neither reason holds any weight.
As far as increased ratings go; despite the same structure in 2009 –and having poker’s most popular player at the final table—the ratings for the 2009 WSOP Main Event were down slightly from the year before.
And in the age of the Internet, where people get there news within minutes of it happening, it’s virtually impossible not to know the results unless you disconnect your computer, blackberry, and any other Internet outlet you may have. Every homepage, from Yahoo to Google, will have the WSOP in its featured headlines, and if you subscribe to any type of E-Mail alert the results are sure to show up in your inbox.
For whatever reason ESPN decided the long interruption would be good for ratings, despite the fact that before the hiatus WSOP coverage created a strong buzz, and the network had strong ratings for the episodes.
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