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June 13th, 2003
I have just returned from three days of meetings and wanted to share the following information.
As you know, the SCRABBLE® ALL-STARS CHAMPIONSHIP originally set for June 16-19 is being rescheduled due to production and legal issues still being worked out by the partners: Hasbro, ESPN and the Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino. As of this posting, all parties are still very much committed to having the event this summer.
In order to work out some breathing room for all involved it has been decided that we will try to reschedule the event for early August 2003. This means that players are free to attend any tournaments in July without concern of possible conflict.
We must continue to emphasize that there are no signed contracts yet, although the NSA remains hopeful that everything will be resolved by the end of the month at the latest. Still, anything can happen. As we've said previously, the NSA is in the tough position of having a lot of the responsibility but very little of the power in this situation.
Though the NSA had advised all ALL-STARS participants to make very flexible travel arrangements, we have heard that some people may have lost some money on nontransferable airline tickets, etc. On a suggestion from John Chew, we are going to try to rework the prize money distribution so that all participants should be able to have much, if not all, of their transportation paid for in guaranteed prize funds.
We will have updates as soon as the contracts have been signed and the dates/venue confirmed. We do remain very optimistic, and feel that this event will be a worthwhile one and a good thing for tournament SCRABBLE® culture.
John D. Williams Jr
National SCRABBLE® Association
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