ESPN doesn't take poker seriously. In fact, their broadcasts are the antithesis of what a poker broadcast should be... making ESPN the Great Satan of Poker Broadcasters. I give ESPN's 2007 WSOP broadcasts 1 1/2 stars, only because they have some entertainment value and cover the most important events in poker.
I won't justify a show that doesn't take poker seriously with a serious review. Those of you who are interested, however, may find greater detail about the problems with ESPN's poker in some of these classic articles:
- ESPN Presents Short-Attention-Span TV (A US Poker Championship Review)
- Fans Say ESPN's (poker) Coverage Deserves Penalty
- Norman Chad On the WSOP: "The Viewers Don't Care"
- ESPN/ABC To Apply Poker Model To Football Broadcasts
- 2006 WSOP Review
- ESPN Expands WSOP Final Table To Fit Phil Hellmuth
- Changes For ESPN's 2007 World Series of Poker Broadcasts