SU’s TV expert talks impact of “Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time” Tournament

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — There’s nobody better to talk to ahead of night four and maybe the final night of “Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time” than Bob Thompson, a television and pop culture professor at Syracuse University.

He sits down with NewsChannel 9’s Andrew Donovan to talk more about the quiz show and its biggest tournament.

Ken Jennings, who’s won two matches, could seal the deal Tuesday with match win number three. James Holzhauer is able to beat him, as proven last Wednesday. While Brad Rutter hasn’t won a match yet, he’s bested Ken in every previous tournament.

Each stand-alone, hour-long broadcast contains two games of Jeopardy! The player that has the most money of those two games wins the night and wins one match point.

Ken Jennings became a household name in 2004 during his 74-game win streak.

Brad Rudder is lesser known because his wins were limited to five games under Jeopardy!’s old rules, but he has won more money than anyone else in the history of American game shows throughout his Jeopardy! tournament return appearances. 

James Holzhauer is the most recent household name, putting Jennings’ Jeopardy! winning streak in jeopardy for the first time. His big bets and quick winnings earned him 32 wins, and the most amount of money won in a single game.

“Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time” continues Tuesday at 8 p.m. on NewsChannel 9. If more games are needed, the championship continues Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.


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