â€œNext year, youâ€™re not going to have a Champions Invitational. Youâ€™re not going to have a $40K for the 40th-annual event,â€ said [WSOP Communications Director Seth] Palansky. â€œBoth events probably come back 10 years from now, when weâ€™re celebrating 50 years. We announced them and intended them as one-off specials.â€
First off, I’m not sure I really understand the meaning of “one-off”. Have heard it bandied around for the past year and have even used it myself, but the above quote doesn’t fit in with my definition.
Secondly, wasn’t there talk — perhaps on Gary Wise’s radio show? — about there being a $41k next year, $42k the year following that, $43k, $44k … basically an event growing each year in accordance with an attached Super Bowl number?
Scrapping the Champions Invitational also seems an interesting move. I won’t miss it, to be sure, but interesting that they’ve apparently just decided to nix it all together instead of giving it a second made-for-TV go and trying to scrap it.
With these being two of the four televised events this year, ESPN clearly had to have some say in the matter.