CBS Signs Deal With PokerGo To Become Exclusive US Home Of WSOP 2021
Author: Joe Kizlauskas
Last Updated: 23rd February 2023
The World Series of Poker Main Event and select WSOP Bracelet Events will be broadcast on CBS Sports as part of a multi-year rights deal with PokerGo.
Beginning in 2021, the US television network’s sports division will be the exclusive domestic home of the WSOP, with 15 hours of Main Event coverage and 36 hours of coverage of 18 additional Gold Bracelet games, marking “a new high for the historic poker festival,” according to the company.
Pioneer in covering a broad range of championship sports
Ty Stewart, WSOP executive director said: “CBS Sports has long been a pioneer in covering a broad range of championship sports. We couldn’t be more excited to see increased television coverage of the WSOP in the coming years and benefit from their growing media platforms.”
CBS Sports and the WSOP have rekindled their relationship, with the former becoming the first to air poker in the United States and the WSOP Main Event on its CBS Sports Spectacular show in the mid-1970s.
Additional coverage specifics, including coverage across other ViacomCBS channels, including Paramount +, will be revealed in the coming months with the announcement of the full WSOP schedule.
Dan Weinberg, executive vice president of programming at CBS Sports said: “Following our past success with PokerGo, we are excited to expand our relationship with the highest-profile and richest event in competitive tournament poker featuring the best players in the world. This deal fits perfectly in our strategy to combine best-in-class events with our CBS Sports brand.”