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DTHForum Xclusive Discovery’s DSPORT acquires Poker Sports League telecast rights

Discussion in 'Other Sports Zone' started by adithya, Jan 12, 2018.

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    MUMBAI: DSPORT, the sports channel from Discovery Communications, will broadcast second season of India's first franchise-based poker league, Poker Sports League (PSL).

    The tournament, which will be the first-ever broadcast of poker in India, will be covered in English, to begin with.

    Amit Burman of Dabur, who has co-founded the league in his personal capacity, said, "PSL's biggest challenge has been to overcome preconceived notions and change people's perception with regards to Poker. Hence, our positioning has been clear from the very start and this will further get established by getting the league broadcasted on a sports channel. DSPORT's coverage of international sporting properties made it the natural choice."

    Last month, PSL had roped in chess maestro Viswanathan Anand as brand ambassador.

    TS Panesar, head, DSPORT, added that while poker is being broadcast on sports channels across the globe since 1978, in India, this will be a first. "The PSL team is committed to creating an excellent broadcast friendly show - to reach out to sports lovers across the subcontinent & make this an exceptional experience for them. We are elated to associate ourselves in this first of its kind journey ..

    For season two, PSL has franchised 12 teams with each team committing close to Rs 15 crore over the next eight years. Season two has announced a prize pool of Rs 3.6 crore.

    The teams this year will consist of a total of 10 players each, comprising of one mentor/ playing captain, two pro-players, two from free live qualifiers, three from free online qualifiers and two wild-card entries. While the first season saw 140 players getting drafted, this year the drafts will have close to 170 players.

    Pranav Bagai, co-founder, PSL, added, "We are very excited to have DSPORT as our broadcasting channel partner this season. Season 1 was a proof of the concept year, as we wanted to test the potential of converting an individual sport into a team sport. Season 2 requires multiplying PSL's reach much beyond the online platform in order to connect with every possible poker enthusiast out there. Anybody who knows the "P" of poker can prove his/her skill by qualifying through free live qualifiers or
    free online qualifiers, which began last month and will continue until March 2018."

    Poker Sports League: Discovery’s DSPORT acquires Poker Sports League telecast rights - The Economic Times

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