World Series of Poker moving to CBS Sports

The World Series of Poker will have a new broadcast home starting in 2021.

The WSOP announced a new multi-year television partnership with CBS Sports earlier this week that will see CBS Sports replace ESPN as the official television broadcaster for the poker series. The new deal ends a 19-year partnership between ESPN and the WSOP.

Under the new deal CBS Sports will broadcast 15 hours of the WSOP Main Event and 36 additional hours from 18 other WSOP bracelet events at the 2021 WSOP. The WSOP coverage is also expected to be available on Viacom CBS’s online streaming platform, Paramount+.

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In a release WSOP executive director Ty Stewart commented on the new partnership stating, “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.”

This is actually a return to CBS for the WSOP as CBS Sports was the first TV network to broadcast a WSOP Main Event on CBS Sports Spectacular in the 1970s. In recent years CBS Sports has increased its poker coverage while working with PokerGO to broadcast events such as the Super High Roller Bowl, and the Poker Masters. PokerGO remains an online broadcast partner for the WSOP and will work with CBS Sports during the 2021 WSOP.

The full broadcast schedule is expected to be available soon after the full 2021 WSOP schedule is released. Currently all that’s known about the 2021 WSOP is that it is scheduled to take place from September 30 to November 23, with the Main Event beginning on November 4.

One thing that was not addressed in the WSOP’s announcement was who the commentary team would be for the 2021 WSOP main event. Norman Chad and Lon McEachern has been mainstays at the WSOP during ESPN’s broadcast run, but with the move to CBS Sports someone else may be taking over the commentary duties.