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We welcome inquiries from the '''media''' concerning our association, its [[clubs]] and [[tournaments]]
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== Recent Mention ==
and its [[players]].  
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* September 5, 2020: [https://www.decorahnews.com/news-stories/2020/09/26320.html Decorah News] reports on Iowan [[Mike Johnson]] being named a [[Player Titles | SCRABBLE Expert]].
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* August 6, 2020: [https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/scrabble-records-highest-scoring-words-170015056.html Yahoo! Life] discovers some high-scoring words on the NASPA [[Records]] page.
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* July 29, 2020: The [https://www.thesunchronicle.com/news/coronavirus/pandemic-presses-pause-on-over-decade-of-scrabble-play-for-attleboro-competitor/article_af53c9e6-bf94-57ef-abc3-59f57e4fafc5.html Sun Chronicle] interviews expert player [[Bradley Whitmarsh]].
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* July 18, 2020: [https://www.sportsdestinations.com/sports/individual-sports/inside-events-north-american-scrabble-players-asso-18949 Sports Destination Management] interviews [[John Chew]] about NASPA and our championship.
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* July 6, 2020: [https://www.yorktonthisweek.com/opinion/columnists/association-promotes-scrabble-1.24165523 Yorkton (SK) This Week] interviews [[John Chew]] about the organization of tournament SCRABBLE.
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* The inclusion of slurs in the lexicon
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** October, 2020: SCRABBLE Grandmaster [[Scott Appel]] writes about the decision to remove slurs in his monthly column - Your Word Against Mine - in [https://gamesmagazine-online.com/ Games World of Puzzles].
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** July 16, 2020: [https://open.spotify.com/episode/03BjDHrNxQohxvIydtme4V?fbclid=IwAR0Y33amK8kFsgJXnqt5pgY5iVmQPRTIyMcx7H8NbrbV3ViN2008YB1Yspk Openly] interviewer Oscar Lopez speaks to [[John Chew]] about the decision to remove slurs. Interview begins at 23:50.
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** July 16, 2020: [http://www.mandatory.com/culture/1550975-scrabble-bans-racial-and-ethnic-slurs#1 Mandatory] discusses the decision to remove slurs.
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** July 16, 2020: [https://www.thegreatcoursesdaily.com/examining-taboo-words-as-scrabble-tournaments-ban-racial-slurs/ The Great Courses Daily] examines what makes words taboo in light of the decision to remove offensive slurs.
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** July 16, 2020: [https://associationsnow.com/2020/07/scrabble-players-group-removes-racial-ethnic-slurs-from-tournament-word-list/ Associations Now] interviews [[John Chew]] about the decision to remove slurs.
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** July 16, 2020: Julie Rose interviews Arkansas player [[Josephine Flowers]] on [https://www.byuradio.org/episode/bc6f788a-43fc-4138-83a4-e8c3478d8184/top-of-mind-with-julie-rose-coronavirus-update-microaggressions-migration Top of Mind] on BYUradio. The interview occurs about 1 3/4 hours into the episode.
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** July 14, 2020: [https://www.kkoh.com/news/scrabble-players-are-taking-racial-and-ethnic-slurs-out-of-the-game/ News Talk 780 KOH] announces the decision.
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** July 14, 2020: [https://www.languagemagazine.com/2020/07/14/scrabble-removes-racial-ethnic-slurs-from-official-word-list/ Language] reports on the decision to remove slurs.
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** July 14, 2020: [https://www.masslive.com/entertainment/2020/07/scrabble-removes-236-slurs-derogatory-language-from-official-word-list.html Mass Live] recaps the issue.
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** July 12, 2020: [https://clicklancashire.com/2020/07/12/scrabble-to-ban-slurs-other-offensive-words-from-official.html Click Lancashire] reports on the decision.
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** July 12, 2020: [https://www.thegamer.com/scrabble-racial-offensive-words-ban-competitive-play/ The Gamer] covers the issue.
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** July 12, 2020: [https://www.irishpost.com/news/irish-term-culchie-may-be-banned-from-scrabble-for-being-offensive-or-derogatory-188935 The Irish Post] discusses the possible removal of CULCHIE.
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** July 11, 2020: [https://kildare-nationalist.ie/2020/07/11/culchie-gives-way-to-gobshite/#.Xw4BUecpBPY Kildare Nationalist] comments on CULCHIE as one of the offensive words.
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** July 10, 2020: [https://slate.com/culture/2020/07/scrabble-offensive-words-ban-player-reaction.html Stefan Fatsis] reports on the drama following the decision in Slate.
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** July 10, 2020: [https://melmagazine.com/en-us/story/scrabble-is-for-psychos Miles Klee] writes an essay about the decision in Mel.
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** July 10, 2020: [https://mix931fm.com/scrabble-has-banned-236-offensive-words-that-are-racially-insensitive/ Mix 93.1] covers the decision.
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** July 10, 2020: [https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-race-lgbt-trfn/war-over-words-us-scrabble-leader-overrules-panel-to-ban-slurs-idUSKBN24B1NT Reuters] reports on the decision.
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** July 10, 2020: [https://www.irishcentral.com/news/irish-word-culchie-banned-scrabble Irish Central] summarizes the NEWSTALK interview about CULCHIE.]
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** July 10, 2020: [https://www.newstalk.com/podcasts/highlights-from-moncrieff/scrabble-updates-rules Newstalk FM] host Sean Moncrieff talks with [[John Chew]] about the offensiveness of CULCHIE.
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** July 9, 2020: [https://unherd.com/2020/07/why-the-woke-are-coming-for-scrabble/?fbclid=IwAR2yu3oHSJqBYZj9j3lUyOjTarmaWoNtZEu0KYWUmMMg4Bgv1JgDfqNGDOQ Sam Leith] offers his opinion in Unherd.
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** July 9, 2020: [https://www.deseret.com/entertainment/2020/7/9/21318572/scrabble-official-word-list-ban-racial-ethnic-slurs Deseret News] outlines the issue.
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** July 9, 2020: [https://www.kiro7.com/news/trending/scrabble-association-bans-racial-ethnic-slurs-official-word-list/MGSSH33PFBFXRNUPZCAGP5CPNE/ Cox Media Group] outlets report on the decision.
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** July 9, 2020: [https://www.express.co.uk/comment/columnists/virginia-blackburn/1307315/race-debate-scrabble-black-lives-matter-white-house Express] columnist Virginia Blackburn offers her opinion.
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** July 9, 2020: [https://www.nova.ie/pejorative-derogatory-term-culchie-facing-scrabble-ban-180704/ Nova] reports that CULCHIE might be removed.
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** July 9, 2020: [https://www.prdaily.com/hasbro-and-scrabble-association-ban-slurs-united-airlines-might-lay-off-up-to-36000-employees-and-51-of-pr-pros-are-burned-out/ PR Daily] wrapup quotes Hasbro press release and [[John Chew]]'s letter to members.
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** July 9, 2020: [https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/09/us/scrabble-slurs-ban-trnd/index.html CNN] interviews [[John Chew]] about the decision to remove slurs.
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** July 8, 2020: [https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/07/08/baldie-jew-fatso-among-words-set-banned-us-scrabble-competitions/ The Telegraph] reports on the issue. An edited version of this article appeared in Canada the following day in the [https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/scrabble-association-prepared-to-remove-offensive-words-from-board-game National Post].
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** July 8, 2020: [https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/2020/07/08/scrabble-tournaments-ban-racial-ethnic-slurs/5396727002/ USA Today] recaps the New York Times article.
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** July 8, 2020: [https://wild949.iheart.com/featured/crystal-rosas/content/2020-07-08-scrabble-is-getting-rid-of-racial-slurs-and-offensive-words/ WiLD 94.9] reports on the issue.
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** July 8, 2020: [http://abcnewsradioonline.com/national-news/scrabble-to-ban-slurs-other-offensive-words-from-official-to.html ABC News Radio] interviews [[John Chew]] about the issue.
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** July 8, 2020: [https://www.npr.org/sections/live-updates-protests-for-racial-justice/2020/07/08/889246690/scrabble-association-bans-racial-ethnic-slurs-from-its-official-word-list NPR] reports on the decision to eliminate slurs.
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** July 8, 2020: [https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-53339659 BBC News] reports on the debate.
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** July 8, 2020: [https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-8504117/Everyday-Ageism-FEMAIL-columnist-CHRISTA-DSOUZA.html Daily Mail] columnist Christa D'Souza frets that WRINKLIES may be removed.
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** July 8, 2020: [https://wingedexpress.com/scrabble-will-ban-racial-and-ethnic-slurs-from-tournaments-and-match-principles/ Winged Nation] summarizes the debate.
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** July 8, 2020: [https://gaynation.co/scrabble-looking-to-ban-lgbtphobic-words/ Gay Nation] looks at the issue from the LQBT perspective.
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** July 8, 2020: [https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/news/scrabble-players-association-considers-banning-slurs-from-official-tournaments-174248621.html Yahoo! Sports] reviews the issue.
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** July 8, 2020: [https://mashable.com/article/scrabble-slur-naspa-racism-hasbro/ Mashable] discusses the debate.
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** July 8, 2020: [https://www.kotaku.com.au/2020/07/scrabble-bans-hundreds-of-offensive-words-from-competitive-play Kotaku] reports on the decision to remove slurs.
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** July 8, 2020: [https://globalnews.ca/toronto/program/the-john-oakley-show The John Oakley Show] interviewed [[John Chew]] from 15:35 to 15:45.
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** July 7, 2020: [https://www.out.com/news/2020/7/07/scrabble-may-remove-racist-homophobic-slurs-dictionary Out] reports on the issue.
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** July 7, 2020: [https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/07/sports/scrabble-racial-slurs-tournaments.html The New York Times] interviews [[John Chew]] and NASPA members about the inclusion of slurs. Hasbro announces that NASPA has agreed to remove all slurs.
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** July 6, 2020: [https://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-entertainment-lgbt-racism-trfn/no-more-n-word-scrabble-players-look-to-bar-racist-or-homophobic-slurs-idUSKBN2472D2 Reuters] reports on the debate.
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** July 6, 2020: [https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/scrabble-censorship-dispute-over-banning-offensive-terms-hj9jnr5ks The Times] interviews [[John Chew]] and WESPA Chair [[Chris Lipe]] about the removal of slurs.
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** July 5, 2020: The [https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8492639/Scrabble-community-discusses-banning-racial-slurs-game-amid-Black-Lives-Matter-protests.html Daily Mail] recaps the debate on removing slurs.
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** June 29, 2020: [https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-5-calgary-eyeopener Calgary Eyeopener] host Rob Brown interviewed [[John Chew]] about removing slurs from the NWL.
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** June 25, 2020: Article about [https://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/the-n-word-has-no-place-in-our-game-competitive-scrabble-player-wants-slurs-removed-from-play-1.5626891 CBC As It Happens] interview includes additional comments from NASPA member [[Frank Tangredi]].
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** June 24, 2020: [[John Chew]] appears on [https://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-wednesday-edition-1.5625419 As It Happens] on CBC. Interview begins at about the 28-minute mark.
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** June 24, 2020: [https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-terrible-word-play-should-slurs-swearing-and-offensive-terms-be/ The Globe and Mail] interviews NASPA CEO [[John Chew]].
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** June 18, 2020: [[Stefan Fatsis]] discusses the debate on the inclusion of slurs in the lexicon in [https://slate.com/human-interest/2020/06/scrabble-players-debate-slurs.html Slate].
  
For further information, please contact the [[NASPA]] Chief Executive Officer
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== Older Mention ==
[[John Chew]] in Toronto, ON.
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* June 2, 2020: The [https://www.gazettenet.com/Scrabble-HG-060320-34576562 Daily Hampshire Gazette] interviews NASPA Member and Youth Player Jack Carpenter who placed 2nd in last weekend's online School SCRABBLE Championship (OQuaSSA).
 
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* May 11, 2020: [https://themontclarion.org/entertainment/montclair-surgeon-mina-le-takes-a-stab-at-jeopardy/ The Montclarion] recaps the appearance of NASA member [[Mina Le]] on Jeopardy!
== Recent Mention ==
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* April 26, 2020: [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouZTO4tUrnM The Saige Jones podcast] interviews [[Joe Edley]] about his life (and SCRABBLE career) and the impact of meditation.
* September 30, 2019: The [https://www.richmond-news.com/news/scrabble-challenge-takes-siblings-to-india-1.23962165 Richmond (BC) News] profiles [[Dean Saldanha]] and Dielle Pinto who will be on Team Canada at the [[2019 WESPA Championship |WESPA Championships]] in Goa, India, in mid-October.
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* COVID-19 Coronavirus
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** March 18, 2020: The [https://calgarysun.com/news/local-news/on-a-cruise-to-nowhere-during-covid-19-scrabble-skills-and-humour-go-a-long-way/wcm/9f6788ec-1b9a-4514-a2b3-fc954c5559f2 Calgary Sun] reports that [[Siri Tillekeratne]] and [[Albert Hahn]] continue to play SCRABBLE while on a cruise ship unable to dock anywhere because of COVID-19.
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** March 14, 2020: [[Stefan Fatsis]] discusses the impact of COVID-19 on organized SCRABBLE activity in [https://slate.com/culture/2020/03/playing-scrabble-coronavirus-pandemic.html?fbclid=IwAR09AKSKilIm7el46-a4QCB8bceiiLawGGRd-5Pzr2B7d9iFkFLmvX1oDv4 Slate].
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* March 7, 2020: [https://getpocket.com/explore/item/does-scrabble-need-to-be-fixed?utm_source=pocket-newtab&fbclid=IwAR0U2Nv-xOuMBSKslYAukBXcigzRWCNu7wTeI_lyCe9fqaRaDLWvniqE3kU Nautilus] reports on the role of tile values and luck in SCRABBLE - including quotes from [[John Chew]], [[Stefan Fatsis]], and Lynda Woods Cleary.
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* February 5, 2020: The [https://www.standard-freeholder.com/news/local-news/cornwall-hosts-the-annual-ottawa-montreal-scrabble-challenge Cornwall Standard-Freeholder] reports on the Montreal vs. Ottawa tournament held on February 1.
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* January 29, 2020: [https://www.seattletimes.com/pacific-nw-magazine/seattles-scrabble-club-is-definitely-not-words-with-friends-but-there-are-words-and-friends-and-some-supersmart-competitions/ Pacific NW Magazine] visits Seattle (WA) NASPA Club #253.
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* December 11, 2019: [https://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/winnipeg-scrabble-club-a-community-of-competitive-word-lovers-seeking-their-next-highest-score-1.4725115 CTV News] visits Winnipeg (MB) NASPA Club #498.
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* Ricky Rodriguez attended the WESPA Youth Cup.
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** November 28, 2019: The [https://www.expressnews.com/news/education/amp/San-Antonio-boy-10-to-compete-in-Scrabble-world-14867781.php?fbclid=IwAR1sn-4aYr5u7CO_c6UMVv9u2XuUWwGzFzXcF2ccDJgGneK-jZDxqGS9y74 San Antonio Express-News] profiles Ricky Rodriguez before the WESPA Youth Cup.
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** December 2, 2019: San Antonio Express-News published a [https://www.expressnews.com/news/local/article/V-I-C-T-O-R-Y-seven-times-for-young-San-Antonio-14874426.php follow-up article] after the tournament.
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** December 31, 2019: [https://www.ksat.com/news/local/2019/12/31/whats-up-south-texas-boy-on-autism-spectrum-dominates-the-game-of-scrabble/ KSAT] profiles Ricky.
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* [[Dean Saldanha]] and Dielle Pinto will be on Team Canada at the [[2019 WESPA Championship |WESPA Championships]] in Goa, India, in mid-October.
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** October 12, 2019: [https://www.princegeorgematters.com/local-news/scrabble-challenge-takes-these-bc-siblings-to-india-1731707 Prince George Matters] article.
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** October 6, 2019: [https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/b-c-scrabble-champions-to-represent-canada-at-goa-championships-oct-16-20 Vancouver Sun] article.
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** September 30, 2019: [https://www.richmond-news.com/news/scrabble-challenge-takes-siblings-to-india-1.23962165 Richmond (BC) News] article.
 
* September 11, 2019: [https://smile.amazon.com/Your-Move-Board-Games-Teach/dp/1999439546/ref=smi_www_rco2_go_smi_g3905707922?_encoding=UTF8&%2AVersion%2A=1&%2Aentries%2A=0&ie=UTF8 Your Move: What Board Games Teach Us About Life], a book written by Jonathan Kay and Joan Moriarity, features [[John Chew]] in its chapter on SCRABBLE.
 
* September 11, 2019: [https://smile.amazon.com/Your-Move-Board-Games-Teach/dp/1999439546/ref=smi_www_rco2_go_smi_g3905707922?_encoding=UTF8&%2AVersion%2A=1&%2Aentries%2A=0&ie=UTF8 Your Move: What Board Games Teach Us About Life], a book written by Jonathan Kay and Joan Moriarity, features [[John Chew]] in its chapter on SCRABBLE.
 
* August 14, 2019: [https://www.barrietoday.com/whats-up-wednesday/whats-in-a-word-could-be-lots-of-points-at-the-barrie-scrabble-club-1639985 Barrie Today] spotlights the recently formed recreational club in Barrie (ON).   
 
* August 14, 2019: [https://www.barrietoday.com/whats-up-wednesday/whats-in-a-word-could-be-lots-of-points-at-the-barrie-scrabble-club-1639985 Barrie Today] spotlights the recently formed recreational club in Barrie (ON).   
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* May 8, 2019: [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJuLtETpzms&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR2KvBEaWrcHDabwapCNRYvsiME9rL6ld83s5Dbj56IJVlRAr5w-Fbnr9ho WGBY] profiles Northampton (MA) NASPA Club #667 - including interviews with director Brett Constantine, NASC 2018 Div 4 champion Evan Yurko, and 2019 North American School SCRABBLE Championship director Ben Greenwood.
 
* May 8, 2019: [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJuLtETpzms&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR2KvBEaWrcHDabwapCNRYvsiME9rL6ld83s5Dbj56IJVlRAr5w-Fbnr9ho WGBY] profiles Northampton (MA) NASPA Club #667 - including interviews with director Brett Constantine, NASC 2018 Div 4 champion Evan Yurko, and 2019 North American School SCRABBLE Championship director Ben Greenwood.
 
* May 2, 2019: The [https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/02/arts/scrabble-new-words.html New York Times] interviews NASPA co-president [[John Chew]] about the release of the Collins 2019 lexicon.
 
* May 2, 2019: The [https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/02/arts/scrabble-new-words.html New York Times] interviews NASPA co-president [[John Chew]] about the release of the Collins 2019 lexicon.
 
== Older Mention ==
 
 
* Youth player Ricky Rodriguez is interviewed by local San Antonio (TX) media.
 
* Youth player Ricky Rodriguez is interviewed by local San Antonio (TX) media.
 
** May 7, 2019: [https://foxsanantonio.com/news/local/kid-scrabble-champ-gains-national-attention Fox29] in San Antonio interviews Ricky after his return from the North American School SCRABBLE Championship where his team placed 3rd in the Challenge Division.
 
** May 7, 2019: [https://foxsanantonio.com/news/local/kid-scrabble-champ-gains-national-attention Fox29] in San Antonio interviews Ricky after his return from the North American School SCRABBLE Championship where his team placed 3rd in the Challenge Division.
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* July 1, 2016: [http://jg-tc.com/two-seek-to-break-scrabble-guinness-world-record/article_f4fc6abf-5931-57b6-a392-93d085bb1689.html/ JG-TC] reports on attempt of [[Marty Gabriel]] and Scott Garner to break Guiness SCRABBLE record.
 
* July 1, 2016: [http://jg-tc.com/two-seek-to-break-scrabble-guinness-world-record/article_f4fc6abf-5931-57b6-a392-93d085bb1689.html/ JG-TC] reports on attempt of [[Marty Gabriel]] and Scott Garner to break Guiness SCRABBLE record.
 
* June 8, 2016: [http://globalnews.ca/news/2749684/shediac-to-host-1st-atlantic-international-scrabble-tournament/ Global News] reports on Shediac (NB) tournament scheduled to celebrate 90th anniversary of 1st crossword game invented by local resident Edward MacDonald.
 
* June 8, 2016: [http://globalnews.ca/news/2749684/shediac-to-host-1st-atlantic-international-scrabble-tournament/ Global News] reports on Shediac (NB) tournament scheduled to celebrate 90th anniversary of 1st crossword game invented by local resident Edward MacDonald.
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* June 9, 2016: [[John Chew]] interviewed in the Moncton Times & Transcript in an article by James Foster entitled “Shediac stakes its claim as Canada’s Scrabble capital” about the history of the Scrabble game and the first tournament to be held in Atlantic Canada in the fall.
 
* June 6, 2016: [[John Robertson]] and [[Andy Saunders]], authors of ''A's Bad As It Gets'', cited in [http://www.si.com/ Sports Illustrated] article on 1916 Philadelphia Athletics.
 
* June 6, 2016: [[John Robertson]] and [[Andy Saunders]], authors of ''A's Bad As It Gets'', cited in [http://www.si.com/ Sports Illustrated] article on 1916 Philadelphia Athletics.
 
* June 2, 2016: [http://omahamagazine.com/2016/06/thats-a-word-bingo/ Omaha Magazine] coverage of Omaha NASPA Club #582.
 
* June 2, 2016: [http://omahamagazine.com/2016/06/thats-a-word-bingo/ Omaha Magazine] coverage of Omaha NASPA Club #582.

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