ESPN Used To Show Magic Card Tournaments (Seriously!)

ESPN's extra channels are usually home to some weird stuff. I've seen everything from baby cow rodeos to re-runs of old 80s strongman competitions. So I guess it shouldn't be too big a surprise to see that, over a decade ago, ESPN2 was broadcasting...Magic Card tournaments.


This footage is the final of the 2000 Magic World Championships, and shows Jon Finkel up against Bob Maher. It's not exactly riveting stuff, but the appeal here is that as far back as 2000 ESPN was broadcasting Magic Card tournaments.

Shame they stopped, really. If ESPN can make poker appeal to people watching a TV, surely today's Magic scene, which features more professional and presentable art, could still work.

These clips are from 2007, but it's popped back up this week, so if you've never seen it, it's worth a look. Fascinating stuff!

Magic Worlds 2000 Finals Jon Finkel vs. Bob Maher [YouTube, via Destructoid]


I called out LoL the other day so I'm going to look like an asshole here watching Magic really that interesting? I saw some people get really excited about magic cards just doesn't do anything for me.

Don't get me wrong! I'm plenty nerdy. I played pathfinder last year with a few guys (and a girl who ended up being my girlfriend) in my dorm last year and that was fun as all hell. I think with Pathfinder (or Dungeons and Dragons) the fun is getting together with friends and being creative. I'm not the most creative person, but I love numbers so the numbers strategy appealed to me, but with a creative DM, shit get's hilarious quickly. You can just imagine it being the video game you've always wanted but no one has ever made.