Cool Stuff Planned for the San Diego Classic

On June 24, 2008, in WPBA, by Michael Feiman

As you probably know, PoolDawg is a sponsor of the WPBA.  As a sponsor, we get to see a little bit of a sneak peek of how the San Diego Classic is going to look.  From what I’ve seen, I’m just as giddy as a schoolgirl… err… well maybe not a schoolgirl, but quite happy nonetheless.

It seems that the folks over at the WPBA and ESPN have decided to start experimenting with how they shoot billiards programming to make it more interesting and “user friendly” for the casual viewer.  From what I could see, there are two new features that will be debuted at the Classic.

San Diego Classic 2008

The coolest new feature they have is the new “cue view” which Ewa and Mitch use to talkabout how the players are going to hit the cue ball in order to get from Point A to Point B.  For my money, this has a huge potential impact for the casual viewer.  If you don’t know much about the game, it can be really hard to understand how the pros control the cue ball.  This new feature should really open the eyes of the casual fan.

The other big change is the rack and ball counter.  Matches will now have a persistant score “bug” at the top of the screen, telling the viewer the score of the match, what ball the shooter is on, how many balls each player has potted for the rack and what rack they’re currently on.

These probably aren’t the “magic bullet” that the peek cam and the odds trackers were for poker, but they are a huge step in the right direction.  The only way to fix pool on TV (and yes, it is in need of an overhaul) is to try different things out and I applaud both the WPBA and ESPN for taking that step and trying some new stuff out.

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