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GSN Allows World Poker Tour Renewal Option to Lapse

June 7 Marked Expiration of GSN's Option for Exclusive Broadcast


WPT Enterprises recently announced that the expiration date for GSN's renewal option for exclusive broadcast of the World Poker Tour came and went on June 7. That means that season VII of the series will not necessarily be broadcast on the network.

WPTE is curerntly pitching the seventh season of the show to other major networks. That season begins filming on July 11 with the $15,000 Bellagio Cup VI main event and is slated to end in April 2009.

Despite the WPT being shopped around, GSN CEO David Goldhill said that the network has not ruled out picking up season VII.

“The World Poker Tour has been a great partner, and the show continues to perform strongly on our network,” Goldhill said. “We are continuing discussions with WPTE regarding how we may be able to work together — including perhaps broadcasting parts of season VII.”

Episodes from season VI of the WPT will continue to be broadcast on GSN through August, and GSN has the option to rebroadcast episodes from season VI for up to four years. The Travel Channel currently holds the rights to episodes from seasons II-V.