Fox Sports Network Extends WPT Broadcast License

19 February 2009

Just as the seventh season of the World Poker Tour kicks off, News Corporation’s Fox Sports Network has secured the right to broadcast season eight, WPT Enterprises Inc. announced on Tuesday.

“The World Poker Tour has a loyal and passionate fan base that has made the WPT one of the most popular programs on FSN,” said George Greenberg, FSN executive vice president, in a statement.

Fox Sports Network began airing WPT’s first season last year, which was followed by an exclusive broadcasting contract to air season seven. The channel also airs, a television series based on WPT’s online poker offering.

“Fox Sports Net and News Corporation have far exceeded our partnership expectations, and we are thrilled to continue growing our strategic relationship,” said Steven Lipscomb, WPT founder, president and chief executive.

Filming for season eight is set to begin in mid-2009, the company said.