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Should women be allowed to compete in US Open 9 Ball Championship?

Posted 10-27-2009 at 09:30 PM by MaryAvina.com
Updated 08-31-2014 at 07:34 AM by MaryAvina.com (Fixed misspellings)
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Of course it should be open to women as otherwise it is not an open. It is a s shame not to see players like Alison Fisher and Jasmin Ouschan face the best on the menís side.

Still, the bigger problem is the WPBAs lack of true opens as they indirectly limit the number of female players, which is already small to begin with. This strategy limits the potential field of female players in this country. Pool talent takes years to acquire and many players benefit from opens by getting better and better each year. The WBPA has a short sighted strategy that severely limits the new players. To have to pre-qualify for an open is not by definition an open. An open should be open to all comers.

Still, in a perfect world they should not be separate billiards associations for men and women. We should all just play whoever is left standing; oh well.

The women players would benefit from playing a bigger field of players rather than the same players over and over. Men would benefit from the attention women players garner naturally. More attention equals more money in the long run. It is no secret that the average person would rather see women play over men, so this should be capitalized on in order to bring the prize money up for everyone. Tennis is a strong example of this, because of its high ratings and it attracts more money to the sport. More coverage means more publicity and more visibility equals more money for everyone involved. Keep in mind most of this money comes from outside of tennis by people that don't even play tennis. This is what pool needs. Keep in mind this why in England snooker is paid so well, most of the money comes from non-snooker related sources.

Last point as a serious player, I want to play the best players whether it's Jasmin Ouchan or Mika Immonen.

Hugs,
Mary Avina

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    CJ Wiley's Avatar
    I agree with you, Mary, you should be able to compete at the very top level. I played EVERYBODY that would gamble for a number of years and then went on the tournament scene. I was already "seasoned" and beat Efren, Earl, Rempe, Lebron, in my first tournament. BUT it was because I paid my dues be playing THE BEST players....You should have the same chance
    Posted 06-20-2010 at 12:58 AM by CJ Wiley CJ Wiley is offline
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    I agree as well but in that case men should also be allowed play in WPBA events. It would not be fair for women to be able to enter events that is traditionally only for men and men not be able to participate in women-only events. I would rather have all pro tours be co-ed.
    Posted 05-27-2011 at 04:28 PM by poolwizard poolwizard is offline
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    cuemarco's Avatar
    I disagree with poolwizard--having all events be co-ed. It's just not feasible economically to combine leagues - especially when most are nothing more than clubs.
    Posted 10-06-2011 at 07:08 AM by cuemarco cuemarco is offline
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    men,women, hell even pre op trannys should be allowed. it's supposed to be an "OPEN" tournament
    Posted 06-18-2013 at 09:14 PM by shotmaker45 shotmaker45 is offline
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by poolwizard View Comment
    I agree as well but in that case men should also be allowed play in WPBA events. It would not be fair for women to be able to enter events that is traditionally only for men and men not be able to participate in women-only events. I would rather have all pro tours be co-ed.
    That's not true. those women's only events don't call themselves "OPEN" tournaments.
    Posted 06-18-2013 at 09:15 PM by shotmaker45 shotmaker45 is offline
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    rjb1168's Avatar
    100% Yes, the women should be allowed to play.
    Posted 04-23-2014 at 07:34 PM by rjb1168 rjb1168 is offline
 


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