The Tyranny of ESPN

The Tyranny of ESPN

  Does ESPN have too much power? Well on the plus side they don't have the ability to influence world financial markets, execute a major ground campaign against any nation that calls soccer "football", or behead infidels who don't bow down and worship the Stanley Cup. With that said, they do have the power to affect major sporting events like the World Series of Poker, and decide when and where the championships happen.  The fact that ESPN has the power to dictate major changes to the World Series of Poker's final table is more than disturbing. While the WSOP will claim that this was either their call, or a joint decision made with their broadcast partner, the truth is that the change was probably made in an ESPN boardroom and WSOP officials more than likely just responded like any obedient lapdog would.  The smart thing to do would have been for the WSOP to convince the cable sports giant that trying to compete with NFL and College Football makes about as much sense as wearing a pork chop around your neck and walking into a pride of lions. It simply makes more sense to move the broadcast schedule up to July, instead of stubbornly keeping in November. Outside of this, the change has implications for journalists that are not affiliated with ESPN.  Hundreds or other poker journalists had made their plans long ago to cover this event. Now they either have to adjust their schedules, and go back in November, or miss the final table outright. This may not only be a move that is geared towards ensuring a timely broadcast of the final table, but also trying to limit coverage so that ESPN has a monopoly on the information.

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