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April 15th, 2003
UPDATE ON PROPOSED PREMIER TOURNAMENT
The NSA thanks Expert players for their patience in awaiting more details about the proposed premier tournament which we hope will be held in the very near future. We are now able to share a few more details with you, but need to emphasize that THERE ARE NO SIGNED CONTRACTS YET, AND THE POSSIBILITY ALWAYS EXISTS THAT THIS MAY FALL APART AT THE LAST MINUTE.
With that in mind we caution anyone who makes travel plans to try and make arrangements with some provisions for changing the date and/or reservations if possible. We know this is not easy on bargain airline deals, but we just want everyone to be aware.
The event is being called SCRABBLE® ALL-STARS 2003.
The proposed tournament dates are now June 17, 18 and 19 at the Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino, which is about a half hour or so drive from Hartford, CT. The format is as before. An 18-game preliminary, followed by best-of-five final. Players will receive free rooms for 6/16, 6/17 and 6/18 as well as breakfast and lunch on tournament days. Travel to and from the event is the sole responsibility of the players and will not be reimbursed by any of the sponsors. However, the 25th player -- the alternate -- will have travel expenses reimbursed assuming he or she does not play.
First prize is a minimum $30,000 and maximum $50,000 cash. Total purse is a minimum of $75,000 and maximum of $100,000.
The SCRABBLE® ALL-STARS will be telecast on ESPN, premiering on July 19th. It will be a one-hour show, which will be re-telecast on ESPN and/or ESPN2 approximately six additional times.
It goes without saying we've been working very hard to put this deal together with the three partners: Hasbro, Mohegan Sun and ESPN. There is still much work to be done, many meetings and contracts to be signed. As of today, all three have verbally committed.
We'll have further updates as they happen. This is potentially a huge event for the tournament SCRABBLE® scene and players of all levels. However, I'd still urge that we keep our enthusiasm at a realistic level until contracts are signed and it's official.
John D. Williams Jr
National SCRABBLE® Association
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