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Travel Channel Sued Over Poker

By Chuckmonster on Wednesday, 21st September 2005 2:33pm
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The parent company of the "World Poker Tour" has sued its outlet, the Travel Channel, for allegedly interfering with plans to develop a new poker series on ESPN.

WPT Enterprises Inc. sued the Travel Channel and its owner, Discovery Communications Inc., for alleged breach of contract and intentional interference. The case, filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, seeks unspecified damages and various court orders, including a declaration that WPT upheld its side of the contract, while the defendants breached their obligations.

According to the suit, WPT had the right to develop other poker-related programming, provided it gave the Travel Channel the first opportunity to license the show and the last right to refusal.

WPT said it proposed such a show, "Professional Poker Tour," in July 2004 but that negotiations with the defendants were not successful in the 60-day exclusive window.



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