Originally Posted by Leo 50
The televised aspect of it was amazing, as well as the web casts of every hand. The waiting months for it to happen was a joke.
All it did was allow the final 9, to make endorsement deals (most of that is gone now since FTP and PS don't do US players) do interviews and get some coaching.
They should delay the final table a week so they can setup all the TV shows, edit the last of the ESPN broadcasts and give the players a 'short' rest before the final table.
That's missing the point though - the point of the November Nine was that by the time ESPN finally got around to showing the final table, it was months after it had been played, everybody already knew who won and ratings were suffering. By all accounts, moving it to November so it could be broadcast on only a small delay did
improve ratings. And ESPN getting good ratings is Good For Poker.
That said, if they're planning on sticking with the live broadcast format on the basis that it's a ratings winner too then running it in July probably works just as well as November.