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    Default WSOP's worst nightmare?

    A preview of what has to be the World Series of Poker's worst nightmare happened last night. ESPN was airing their taped coverage of WSOP Event #2 (but fourth "fresh episode" of the season) when they interrupted programming with a baseball pitcher on the verge of completing a no-hitter. When the no-hit bid failed, they re-joined the poker broadcast in progress, not at the point where they left. That got Buzzy wondering....

    What if a HUGE sporting news story/event breaks out during ESPN's same-day (but still taped) telecast of the delayed Main Event final table. After all the time and energy they've devoted into marketing and promoting this broadcast, will they switch away from the broadcast completely, briefly interrupt the broadcast or switch the poker to another channel? What do you think will happen? And how big do you think the story has to be in order for ESPN to switch away from poker?

    Buzzy's also wondering if WSOP commish Jeffrey Pollack is on the phone with ESPN right now asking those same questions....

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    As a HUGE basbeall fan (Go Reds!), I can tell you that a live baseball no-hitter trumps a taped poker event every time.

    That said, if some breaking sports event were to occur during an ESPN broadcast of a final episode of a WSOP event (such as the final episode of the WSOP Main Event), I'd hope that they'd do a "live lookin" kind of thing, where both events are shown in opposite corners of the screen, with the audio on the breaking event.

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