The World Poker Tour has announced that cable station Fox Sports Net which broadcasted the WPT's seventh season, will also plans to air Season VIII. The new season is supposed to begin filming sometime during the middle of this year. The official air dates will be released at a later date.
The World Poker Tour is broadcasted on Sunday nights on Fox Sports Net which is composed of 16 regional television stations that reach over 80 million homes across the United States. The newly signed agreement calls for 26 episodes to comprise Season VIII and Fox Sports Net will have exclusive rights to air the episodes across the United States. Hosts Mike Sexton and Vice Van Patten have been calling the action since the beginning of the series and both hosts are expected to return again for Season VIII. Just who will be the hostess has yet to be determined.
WPT Co-Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer Steve Lipscomb said in a press release, "Fox Sports Net and News Corporation have far exceeded our partnership expectations and we are thrilled to continue growing our strategic relationship. Airing our eighth season on the nation's prime sports network truly underscores the force behind the WPT brand and poker as a televised sport." George Greenberg, Fox Sports Net Executive Vice President also said, "The World Poker Tour has a loyal and passionate fan base that has made it one of the most popular programs on FSN. We're thrilled to be airing Season VIII and look forward to another great year of WPT championship poker."
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