re: Poker & November 9
I think it's all a moot point - it obviously works for the broadcaster, and that's literally the only thing that matters.
ESPN is so important to the WSOP (and indeed poker as a whole) that if they decided they wanted all the players to wear Snuggies at the table, the WSOP should make it happen.
For all those who say they hate it an it's stupid, I'm genuinely curious: what, specifically about it do you hate?
Then consider that, and compare it to a world in which ESPN doesn't cover the WSOP at all. There would have been no Moneymaker effect, no poker boom, no huge main event fields, no expanded world series schedule, the poker world as we know it would be much, much smaller.
Then just ask yourself: which is really worse for poker? The November Nine delay, or ESPN giving up on the game?