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Sunday, April 02, 2021

Just in case World Series of Poker doesn’t satisfy your faux-sports programming fix, ESPN is bringing forth coverage of two more tabletop gaming experiences:

Oldschool dominoes matches, here and abroad:

Hourlong domino shows now run on Tuesday nights at 10 on the network’s Spanish-language sports channel ESPN Deportes. Hoping it will be popular with English-speaking viewers, network officials plan to show similar programming on ESPN2 starting in June.

“We think it will be the next cool thing,” said Lino Garcia, the general manager of ESPN Deportes. “We’re connecting with the best places dominoes is played, so naturally we’re going to start in uptown Manhattan and the Bronx, the places where it really happens.”

Mr. Garcia said he hopes to repeat the success the network has had with poker — its World Series of Poker is its highest-rated regular series. Like poker, domino games offer plenty of suspense and drama at the table, with clever decision-making and reading the strategies of other players all pivotal to winning. The network will also televise the world championships next year from the Dominican Republic.

And celebrity chess games:

This spring, the game may make a bigger splash with the public. Following on the heels of television’s “Celebrity Poker” and “Dancing With the Stars,” ESPN has signed a deal to produce a televised celebrity chess tournament featuring Woody Harrelson, Wesley Snipes and others. “This is a charity tournament, but we hope to grow televised chess with sponsors and prize money,” said Giovanni James, who is producing the show with Penny Marshall.

Sure to follow: Tiddlywinks action on ESPN2!

And of course, much to the chagrin of this hockey fan, I’m sure all these damnable shows will outdo the ratings for NHL games on OLN

- Costa Tsiokos, Sun 04/02/2021 04:52:44 PM
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