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May 16th, 2003
To potential SCRABBLE® ALL-STARS participants:
Thanks for your patience in waiting for more details on the proposed SCRABBLE® ALL-STARS 2003 Championship. The event is now a month away and we want to share some information with you.
Contracts between ESPN, Hasbro and the Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino are currently being reviewed by lawyers on all sides. The NSA has every reason to believe the event will happen as planned. We cannot say when the contracts will be signed, so all players should consider making their travel arrangements for the designated dates. Having said that, we need to emphasize that on the outside chance the event is cancelled or postponed, none of the NSA, Hasbro, ESPN or Mohegan Sun is responsible for any monies lost in travel plans.
The format remains the same: 18 preliminary rounds and a best-of-five final.
Players might possibly be asked to sign a release upon arrival that will say, among other things, that:
The winner and runner-up will make himself/herself available for publicity appearances after the event.
The NSA has the right to remove at its discretion, or upon request from the network or sponsors, any player from the tournament at any time for cheating, inappropriate behavior or unsportsmanlike conduct.
We will need to have more detailed biographical information than usual for this event, because of the telecast. Players are asked to complete the on-line bio form as soon as they are sure that they have qualified for and want to play at the ALL-STARS event.
In discussions with ESPN it has come to our attention that there are certain words which cannot be spoken or displayed on television. They are against the law and FCC regulations. The NSA staff is working on a realistic compromise with producers. This modification would not apply during the 18 preliminary rounds. The best current option is distributing a banned word list to the finalists before their match for reference during the game. The NSA recognizes this compromises our playing ability but there is no way around this. Players uncomfortable with this provision need to notify the NSA that they will not be playing in the ALL-STARS competition.
Players are asked to bring their own Protiles, tile bags and chess clocks. However, the NSA will provide boards, racks and a clock for the finals as it may have an ESPN or event logo on it.
Please feel free to call or e-mail our office with any further questions. We expect to have another update in a week -- including pairings. Please check the website. Thanks.
John D. Williams Jr
National SCRABBLE® Association
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