Norman Chad, Lon McEachern Confirmed Commentators for CBS Sports Network’s WSOP Coverage
If you had been hoping Lon McEachern would find a new WSOP broadcast companion this year, sadly for you, you’re out of luck. All kidding aside, Norman Chad confirmed to PokerNews the dynamic duo will be back in the booth this fall when television coverage for the series shifts from ESPN to CBS Sports Network.
Chad and McEachern have been a staple on Television during the Planet Series of Poker for 18 years, teaming together on ESPN because 2003. When the WSOP announced in April that the series would move more than to a competing cable network, questions were left unanswered about the broadcast team. Would the extended-time ESPN commentators switch sides to a rival sports channel?
The answer to that query is yes, as Chad told PokerNews not extended right after locking in the deal. McEachern was already on board, but now the band is officially back together.
Expanding the WSOP’s Coverage
According to Chad, the WSOP’s new television residence will air post-created edited Primary Event episodes — 16 a single-hour shows — a lot like ESPN did for the greater component of the previous 18 years. PokerGO, a broadcast companion with CBS Sports Network, will livestream the Main Occasion daily along with 20 other bracelet events. CBSSN will also make edited versions of the non-Main Event bracelet events streamed on PokerGO, but these episodes will not air for months following the conclusion of the World Series of Poker.
The poker player, sports writer, and tv announcer is optimistic about the WSOP’s future in spite of the series leaving the most popular sports network in the U.S.
“The poker boom owes a large debt to ESPN — the wide exposure of the game, the endless re-airs of Principal Occasion episodes,” Chad said. “Hopefully, with CBS Sports Network, the WSOP can take the subsequent step. It will be fantastic to see other bracelet events highlighted in the mainstream.”
For the duration of significantly of the poker boom era, ESPN televised quite a few non-Primary Event bracelet events, such as some non-hold’em games. These days came to an finish late in the 2000s when the 4 letter network determined the production fees would be lessened by airing the Major Event exclusively and one particular other significant tournament, in some years, such as the $1 million acquire-in Big One for 1 Drop.
CBS Sports Network, nonetheless, will bring back some of the events the mainstream, recreational audience has missed out on the past decade, news that excites Norman Chad.
Poker and Charity
Broadcasting the Globe Series of Poker will not be the only focus for Chad this fall. As per usual, he’ll also be attempting to win his first bracelet, a task that appears to be fairly daunting for a player with 4 profession live bracelet event cashes in more than 40 tries.
A single of the events he plans to compete in is the $25,000 H.O.R.S.E. tournament, which starts September 30, the 1st day of the 2021 Globe Series of Poker. The poker commentator is looking for $150 per individual stakes — $50 of which will be donated to the Hope for Depression Research Foundation charity.
These interested in joining what Chad refers to as the “Donkey Caravan” (he is the “donkey,” by the way) can buy a stake via the StakeKings platform. All payouts, in the event he cashes, will go to the investors with the remainder headed to charity.