Mini-Rumination: Poker on TV

Wouldn’t you love to have been a fly on the wall at the ESPN executive meeting during which they first discussed broadcasting poker tournaments?

Why don’t we broadcast a poker tournament?

Seriously, should we look for some more college basketball?  Or maybe another show that’s all about our on-air anchors and not about the sports they’re supposed to be covering?

I mean it.  Let’s show a poker tournament.

What’ve you been smoking?

I’m not kidding.  We’re ESPN.  We got people to watch women’s figure contests, we got people to watch the X games, we even got people to watch a spelling bee.  Poker’s not that much of a stretch.

You seriously think people will actually watch other people playing cards?

Sure.  They’ll watch anything.

But it’s not sports.  We’re a sports network.

We’re the sports leaders.  If we cover it, by definition it’s sports.

You mean like the spelling bee?


Coming soon, to an ESPN broadcast near you:   the international dominoes championship.  Or maybe full-contact tiddly-winks.  Um, the Yahtzee Classic?


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  • Scott  On January 30, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Gotta admit it, ‘mudge…I’ve watched some poker action on TV. Not a lot, but enough. Beats NASCAR and soccer in terms of excitement and unpredictability.

  • foureyedcurmudgeon  On January 30, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    The Curmudgeon certainly agrees with you about the soccer part. Given a choice between watching soccer and going to the dentist, he would choose the dentist every time. He even shared this feeling with his dentist, who is herself a soccer mom; she got a kick out of it (pun intended). As for poker, The Curmudgeon has only the most general notions of how the game is played. When it comes to cards, his game is “Go Fish.”

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