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National Scrabble Association Closes Doors

By July 31, 2013

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ScrabbleThe National Scrabble Association is no more. The organization, originally formed in 1978 by game publisher Selchow & Righter -- the company which then owned the rights to the popular word game Scrabble -- coordinated local clubs and Scrabble tournaments in North America until 2009, when those responsibilities were transferred to the North American Scrabble Players Association.

According to a New York Times article penned by Stefan Fatsis (a competitive Scrabble player and author of the hugely entertaining Word Freak), "the death of Scrabble's organizing body -- which closed on July 1 following years of declining financial support from Hasbro, the game's owner -- reflects a broader conflict between corporate and intellectual forces in American cultural life."

It's a well-written, balanced article and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in what Fatsis calls Scrabble's "tournament culture."


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