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Baseball Rivalry Plays Out on Poker Table

2 February 2005

NEW YORK – As reported by Reuters: "The New York Yankees-Boston Red Sox rivalry is one of the biggest in sports history. But a new reality series will have it play out among their fans at the poker table rather than on the baseball field.

"The teams' two regional sports networks, NESN and the YES Network, have been developing the ' Boston vs. New York Poker Challenge' since last year. The idea is to pit six poker-playing Red Sox fans against six Bronx counterparts in no-limit Texas Hold 'Em poker in a nine-episode series that will air on both YES and NESN beginning March 13. The series will tape next week at the Turning Point Resort & Casino near Syracuse, N.Y.

"Because of licensing rules, none of the fans can wear Red Sox or Yankees hats. But Bill Borson, NESN vp programing/production, said that each player will wear Tommy Bahama shirts with the show's logo on the front, either Yankee blue or Red Sox red. The networks hope the players -- who were being finalized this week -- will not only be great poker players but also passionate and personality-driven baseball fans…"

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