Q: "A few years back, you could see Magic played on ESPN. Are there any plans to put more Magic events on TV anytime soon?"
Cary, North Carolina, USA
A: From Chris Galvin, Magic Organized Play:
"Hi, Andrew. Thanks for asking. We don't currently have plans to put Magic events back on broadcast or cable TV. While ESPN2, which aired the Pro Tour for about a year in 1999-2000, was happy with the ratings, the production costs of the show wound up being more than we were willing to spend.
"However, since last August we have been been pursuing a strategy that I personally think is even cooler. Wizards now does a live video webcast of the final day of each Pro Tour event plus the World Championships. In addition to showing you all the game action, the webcast includes great commentary on the play; interaction with the online audience; interviews with pro players, artists, and other notables; and lots more. This past webcast, from Pro Tour Seattle, was our best one yet. Each one seems to be better than the one before.
"If you haven't checked it out yet, tune in to watch the next webcast. We'll be live from the World Championship in San Francisco, CA on Sunday, September 5, starting at 9 am Pacific time."