New Look for Pool on ESPN

On June 6, 2008, in WPBA, by Michael Feiman

As sponsors, we got to see an advance copy of the San Diego Classic which will be airing on ESPN June 28th and there’s some very cool new stuff that should help casual viewers get a better understanding of the game.

The two biggest changes to the programming are an “English Cam” that shows you where the player is hitting the cue ball and a new ball tracker in the scoring bug.  The ball tracker keeps track of what ball the player is currently on,  who sank which balls and the balls that were potted on the break.  The English viewer shows you exactly where the player is hitting the cue ball in order to move the ball.

For the experienced player, these are not terribly important, but for the casual viewer, these two tools will give the viewer some great new insights into the game.  In the case of the English cam, it will give Mitch and Ewa a means to describe exactly how the shots are being made and how players are able to control the ball.

This is a hugely important first step in making pool a game that casual viewers can grasp.  They aren’t as revolutionary as the poker “peek cam”, but they do represent a nice evolution in the way pool is broadcast on TV.

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