Yesterday, the BCA announced that they were forecasting a loss of $800,000 for the year and as a result would be making some pretty significant cuts to bring the trade organization back on track. Included in the cuts will be the 9 Ball Championships and the Hall of Fame ceremony. When you’re losing money, you’ve got to cut expenses and unfortunately these two events, while being high profile, are pretty large expenses/losses on the BCA balance sheet.
As a sponsor of the 9 Ball tournament for the past four years, we at PoolDawg will be very sad to see this major event get canceled. New BCA Board President Sean Cummings did offer a glimmer of hope though when it comes to the tournament. “The question is at what level of quality they would be staged. If somebody wants to do it right, we would certainly entertain it.”
Hopefully someone will be able to pick up the reigns on this event and produce a 2009 9 Ball Championship event that meets or exceeds the excellent 2008 event.
I’m sure you’ve all seen the results of the GenerationPool.com 9 Ball Championships, but I wanted to give the old rundown anyway. First off, the event was an absolute blast. The BCA folks did a really nice job putting on a good show. Plus, the whole free food/free booze thing didn’t hurt either. Honestly when I heard there was going to be food provided, I was expecting the standard rubber chicken fare that is usually served when the phrase “free food” is used. Color me surprised when I got to the buffet line to rock some garlic mashed potatoes, veggies and sirloin beef tips!
Now I did have fun at the event and I got to hang out and meet a ton of pool players thanks to my new friend Tequila Schjodt, but I do have a gripe goes by the name of ESPN. Unfortunately, our tables were set directly behind some cameraman from ESPN, so I got to spend the evening staring at the back of some guy’s head instead of watching Jeremy Jones and Ronnie Wiseman rattle and scratch. The picture here doesn’t even do it justice, as this was one where the cameraman was taking a break and kneeling. Most of the time he was staring into the lens, so watching the match was a little, shall we say, obstructed.
Anyway, even with the view of the cameraman’s posterior, it was still a good time with some excellent pool to be had. Kudos to Ga Young Kim, Xingtao Pan, Jasmin Ouschan and Anna Kostanian on not only playing some excellent pool, but seriously outplaying and out-entertaining the men. I’ve heard that the semis and the finals are slated to air on ESPN July 19th, so be sure to tune in and check it out.
It’s changed names a few times in the past five years, but it still remains as one of the most prestigious US billiards events for both the men’s and women’s tours. The men will start playing today, but the women whittled 64 down to 32 this weekend in their elimination rounds. There are some fresh faces in still in and some very recognizable names that are out.
Who’s In: Among the survivors are tour mainstays like Allison Fisher, Karen Corr and Ga Young Kim. In addition, there are some new faces that are battling their way through the bracket including Liz Ford, Debbie Schjodt and Caroline Pao. In addition, WPBA newcomer Anna Kostanian looks to improve upon her impressive performance in the San Diego Classic with two early wins.
Who’s Out: Megan Minerich, Kim White and ESPN commentator Ewa Laurance are just a few of the names who had to pack their bags early. Competition has been fierce with lots of hill-hill battles and no one looks like they’re going to have an easy path to get to the Final Four.
For the 4th consecutive year, PoolDawg is proud to once again sponsor this fantastic event. Our resident marketing guy Mike Feiman will be on hand to watch the TV rounds as well as to check out the Expo and all the new cues.
For those who haven’t seen it yet, the BCA has a new consumer website, Generation Pool. The goal of the site is to generate more public interest for the sport of pool, which it does quite nicely. They’ve got a pool room finder, an ask a pro feature, a nifty little social networking area and of course all the rules and regs that go along with 8 ball, 9 ball and all the rest of the games we play. Definitely take a few minutes to check out what they’ve got over there. The thing is really chock full of resources.
For the fourth consecutive year, PoolDawg is proud to announce its support and official sponsorship of the BCA’s annual 9 Ball Championships. The GenerationPool 9 Ball Championships (formally EnjoyPool.com) will be held at the 2008 BCA Expo in Charlotte, North Carolina, with the Semifinals on June 11th and the Finals on June 12th. ESPN has announced that they will be adding an additional 2 hours of coverage, so anyone not able to attend the event will be treated to a total of 6 hours of coverage of the event on ESPN and ESPN2.
“As one of the most prestigious events in the billiards industry, PoolDawg is once again proud to provide its support to the BCA, pool players and the new GenerationPool.com billiards portal” said Mike Feiman, PoolDawg’s Director of Marketing. “We are looking forward to seeing some of the innovative changes that the BCA and ESPN have planned for this event.”
PoolDawg will once again serve as the closed captioning sponsor of this event who’s storied past has solidified the legacies of players including Allison Fisher, Karen Corr and Johhny Archer as well as launched the careers of young stars like Jasmin Ouschan and Shane Van Boening.