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04-20-2010, 06:02 AM

I agree with the OP that live streaming is one of the most important things happening in the pool world today. It's getting the game in front of so many people who might not otherwise see it and making it accessible to millions more. No question it introduces new people to the game.

It is kind of a guerilla approach to growing our sport and giving it more appeal to the masses. We are getting in the "back door" of the media so to speak. But this is a door that opens wider and wider all the time. I am still a believer that POOL will have it's day in the Sun. It has been a very popular sport at least twice in my lifetime. After The Hustler and after The Color of Money, the sport boomed with many new rooms opening across the country and in Asia and Europe. This second boom did a lot to erase the negative stigma that had been attached to pool. It brought pool into the mainstream, and created the perfect arena for the APA and other league systems to grow.

Pool continues to thrive as a televised sport in the Asian and European markets, indicating that there are viewers out there who enjoy watching. I know pool is on a down swing right now, but I fully expect to see it make yet one more big comeback. This is a sport with resiliency. It isn't going to die or go away. There will come a time when indoor sports are all the rage. That's when pool and ping pong will take over. That's my prediction for the future.


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