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Mike K
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My wife tipped me off; as of 6:30 PM EST, ESPN is showing a Scrabble competition.

How long before Eurogames get this status? 'Cause I want my 15 minutes!
 
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This is a joke, right? Like the whole Poker-on-TV-thing?
 
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My wife tipped me off; as of 6:30 PM EST, ESPN is showing a Scrabble competition.

How long before Eurogames get this status? 'Cause I want my 15 minutes!


Probably never. The big problem for Eurogames is most don't know how to play these games. Most people already ***basically*** know how to play Scrabble, chess, poker. The announcers don't have to explain a flush beats a straight, how a knight can "jump" over pieces or how triple word & letter scores work.

*** There are some differences between home play and tournament play, but these are mostly procedural clarifications: Time limits, how specifically how manipulate the pieces/chips/tiles (touch move, how to raise a bet, etc.), etc.

The other reason is the lack of a high level competition, especially for BIG MONEY. They were playing Scrabble for $25,000.

For a lot of board games (Euros, wargames, etc.), the WBC probably has the best assemblage of players for any tournament in the world--but no single game has more than 200 participants and $0 prize money.

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This is a joke, right? Like the whole Poker-on-TV-thing?


Not at all--ESPN needs LOTS of programming to fill 24 hours a day on 6 US channels (1, 2, Classic, News, U, Deportes) and more internationally.

Cheap programming helps.
 
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