ESPN has announced that it will remove poker advertising and programming after U.S. authorities seized gambling websites that sponsor televised poker tournaments, reports Bloomberg.
"For the immediate future, we are making efforts to remove related advertising and programming pending further review," ESPN said in a statement.
Online poker sites such as Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars, which the story says are major sponsors of televised tournaments, were sidelined when the U.S. froze bank accounts in 14 countries and seized websites.
ESPN said it was aware of the actions through "what has been announced publicly," the article notes. ESPN, NBC, Fox Sports Net and GSN together are scheduled to air 47 programs, including reruns, this week, the piece adds. ESPN airs the "World Series of Poker."