Fox Sports Network is New US Home of the WPT

18 July 2008

The World Poker Tour has found its new broadcast home in the U.S. at Fox Sports Network.

A partnership deal and broadcast license agreed by WPT Enterprises and Fox Sports Network gives Fox Sports Network exclusive right to nationally broadcast 26 new one-hour episodes of Season VII of the World Poker Tour.

FSN is owned and operated by News Corporation.

“FSN and News Corporation are two incredible powerhouses in the television industry that have played key roles in the growth and popularity of televised poker,” said Steve Lipscomb, WPT Founder, President and CEO. “It couldn’t be a better fit for WPT and our fans. We’re thrilled.”

WPT joins the ranks of MLB, NHL and NBA on the FSN network, which serves as the TV home to nearly two-thirds of all teams based in the United States. FSN’s 16 owned-and-operated regional networks and its affiliated networks reach more than 80 million homes across the U.S.

The World Poker Tour had previously been broadcast on GSN, but the channel chose not to renew its agreement with WPT in June.