A while ago I read a post about ESPN's WSOP coverage on the 2+2 poker forums that I haven't been able to forget, so I thought I'd share it with you:
The reason the ratings are declining is because they have evolved the WSOP TV brand into the Degree All-In Preflop Fest thats more concerned about telling stupid back story promos than SHOWING ACTUAL POKER. I, for one, just don't care what color Kido Pham's toothbrush is....
Stop "The Nuts" segments... and the rest of that filler garbage. Stop all the stupid backstories about people. I know, I know: he was born with a sloth hanging out the back of his head... and he's made it his dream to play in the main event... yadda. Stop It.
ESPN needs to concentrate on trying to get at least three hands into each segment and evolve from there.