Aug 17, 2016
Seasons XV to XIX to Air on FOX Sports Regional Networks, WPT® to Produce 13 Additional Hours of Original Programming Each Season
Los Angeles, CA (August 17, 2016) – World Poker Tour® and FOX Sports today announced a historic, five-year deal for FOX Sports to broadcast the WPT® through Season XIX. In addition to five seasons of the World Poker Tour, WPT will produce and air 13 additional hours of original programming each season.
FOX Sports Regional Networks will also air at least two World Poker Tour marathons each season, beginning with the first-ever Labor Day Marathon in 2016. WPT broadcasts are also available for live streaming on FOX Sports GO.
Since premiering on FOX Sports in 2009, WPT broadcasts have reached more than 215 million viewers across the United States, with nearly half of those coming in the last two seasons. The WPT averages more than 900,000 viewers per week, and with more than 1.6 million viewers, Episode 22 in 2015 was the most-watched episode in the history of the World Poker Tour.
“This unprecedented, five-year deal with FOX Sports elevates WPT into an elite and exclusive group of shows that have aired on television for nineteen seasons,” said Adam Pliska, President and CEO of the WPT. “This announcement is great for fans of the WPT and provides extensive, guaranteed exposure for our mainstream sponsors, including Hublot®, Monster Headphones®, Royal Caribbean International®, and FIAT®. We are proud of our new deal with FOX Sports, and we thank the network for its continued support and promotion of our content across its television and digital platforms.”
Josh Oakley, Executive Director, Acquisitions and Programming, FOX Sports, added: “WPT remains a highly rated, regularly scheduled program on FOX Sports Regional Networks, and it’s a key part of our primetime lineup each Sunday. WPT is the perfect complement to our other sports programming, including MLB, NBA, NHL, and college football and basketball. We are excited to have this partnership through 2021.”
Check the local listings of your FOX Sports Regional Networks for airings of Season XIV of the World Poker Tour.
For more details on World Poker Tour events, sponsors, and promotions, please visit www.WPT.com.
WPT Media Contact
Donnie Peters – [email protected]
About FOX Sports Regional Networks
FOX Sports Regional Networks are the nation’s leading provider of local sports, producing over 5,000 live events each year and serving as the hometown television outlets to 44 MLB, NHL, and NBA teams. FOX Sports’ nationwide roster of 22 regional sports networks includes FOX Sports Arizona, FOX Sports Carolinas, FOX Sports Detroit, FOX Sports Florida, FOX Sports Indiana, FOX Sports Kansas City, FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports New Orleans, FOX Sports North, FOX Sports Ohio, FOX Sports Oklahoma, FOX Sports San Diego, FOX Sports South, FOX Sports Southwest, FOX Sports Tennessee, FOX Sports West, FOX Sports Wisconsin, PRIME Ticket, SportSouth, SportsTime Ohio, Sun Sports, and the YES Network.
About World Poker Tour
World Poker Tour (WPT) is the premier name in internationally televised gaming and entertainment with brand presence in land-based tournaments, television, online, and mobile. Leading innovation in the sport of poker since 2002, WPT ignited the global poker boom with the creation of a unique television show based on a series of high-stakes poker tournaments. WPT has broadcast globally in more than 150 countries and territories, and is currently producing its 15th season, which airs on FOX Sports Regional Networks in the United States. Season XV of WPT is sponsored by ClubWPT.com, a unique online membership site that offers inside access to the WPT, as well as a sweepstakes-based poker club available in 35 states across the United States. ClubWPT.com also sponsors Season 3 of the WPT Alpha8 series of super-high roller poker tournaments which is currently in production and which airs on FOX Sports 1 in the United States. WPT participates in strategic brand license, partnership, and sponsorship opportunities. WPT Enterprises Inc. is a subsidiary of Ourgame International Holdings, Ltd. For more information, go to WPT.com.
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