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03-26-2018, 05:23 AM

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Despite saving the U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships for the last three years, and after hearing the published news about Matchroom taking control over the Open, Iíve not heard a peep from the Behrmans or Matchroom regarding the development; not a phone call, not an email, not a text, not a voice mail, or a Facebook post, but I canít hold it in any longer.

I think the acquisition of the U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships by Matchroom is the best thing thatís happened to pool in a very, very long time! I hope it survives many years because it will benefit the entire billiards industry immensely. It will also inspire countless talented individuals to pursue their dreams, and the sport will only grow from there.

In the meantime, I will continue to promote pool as best I can.

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03-26-2018, 06:35 AM

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Despite saving the U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships for the last three years, and after hearing the published news about Matchroom taking control over the Open, Iíve not heard a peep from the Behrmans or Matchroom regarding the development; not a phone call, not an email, not a text, not a voice mail, or a Facebook post, but I canít hold it in any longer.

I think the acquisition of the U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships by Matchroom is the best thing thatís happened to pool in a very, very long time! I hope it survives many years because it will benefit the entire billiards industry immensely. It will also inspire countless talented individuals to pursue their dreams, and the sport will only grow from there.

In the meantime, I will continue to promote pool as best I can.

Pat Fleming
Pat, as always, you show nothing but class. On one hand, I'm very happy for pool in general with Matchroom taking over but on the other hand the way it came about seems a little shady.

I'm glad I will always have the memories of working with you on the last 2 Opens with Barry, we had a lot of good times. Can't wait for your tournament in October, I will be there with bells on to support it and you!


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03-26-2018, 07:12 AM

Pat,

You've been instrumental in keeping pool's head above water over the past few decades and that's something we're all grateful for! I also think you got the US Open back to the realm of respectability a few years ago and we're also grateful for that.

I stopped going to the Open about 4 years ago as I refused to put another dime in Barry's hand. I thought he was one of the shiftiest business people I'd ever seen and his behavior did nothing to change that opinion.

Now that Hearn and Matchplay has taken over the US Open, I can see how this might help the game in this country. I also think your event, Pat, will begin a new tradition in US pool. Because of that, I plan to support it by returning this year.

Thanks for showing far more class than you've been shown, Mr Fleming!

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03-26-2018, 01:38 PM

Pat,

The crowd from Winston-Salem is looking forward to going to your tournament in October and we thank you for continuing to put on a great show.

See you in October,

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03-26-2018, 06:19 PM

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Despite saving the U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships for the last three years, and after hearing the published news about Matchroom taking control over the Open, Iíve not heard a peep from the Behrmans or Matchroom regarding the development; not a phone call, not an email, not a text, not a voice mail, or a Facebook post, but I canít hold it in any longer.

I think the acquisition of the U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships by Matchroom is the best thing thatís happened to pool in a very, very long time! I hope it survives many years because it will benefit the entire billiards industry immensely. It will also inspire countless talented individuals to pursue their dreams, and the sport will only grow from there.

In the meantime, I will continue to promote pool as best I can.

Pat Fleming
Pat, you are to pool what Vin Scully is to baseball. Pure class. I love your VIMEO subscription deal, and I can hardly wait till you get all those older matches posted. Best of luck to your new tournament, and I'm sure I'll be watching it.
  
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US Open - 03-27-2018, 04:36 PM

What can we say about Mr. Fleming that has not already been said? He has elevated our sport & brought us great matches for years. He is always trying to promote pool & always has the fans interest at heart. We thank you again sir, & wish you continued support in all of your endeavor's!
  
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03-28-2018, 04:58 AM

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Despite saving the U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships for the last three years, and after hearing the published news about Matchroom taking control over the Open, Iíve not heard a peep from the Behrmans or Matchroom regarding the development; not a phone call, not an email, not a text, not a voice mail, or a Facebook post, but I canít hold it in any longer.

I think the acquisition of the U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships by Matchroom is the best thing thatís happened to pool in a very, very long time! I hope it survives many years because it will benefit the entire billiards industry immensely. It will also inspire countless talented individuals to pursue their dreams, and the sport will only grow from there.

In the meantime, I will continue to promote pool as best I can.

Pat Fleming
Thanks for everything you do, Pat. Keep doing what youíre doing!

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03-28-2018, 06:59 AM

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Despite saving the U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships for the last three years, and after hearing the published news about Matchroom taking control over the Open, Iíve not heard a peep from the Behrmans or Matchroom regarding the development; not a phone call, not an email, not a text, not a voice mail, or a Facebook post, but I canít hold it in any longer.

I think the acquisition of the U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships by Matchroom is the best thing thatís happened to pool in a very, very long time! I hope it survives many years because it will benefit the entire billiards industry immensely. It will also inspire countless talented individuals to pursue their dreams, and the sport will only grow from there.

In the meantime, I will continue to promote pool as best I can.

Pat Fleming
Pat it is sad that things happened the way they did but you have added another world class event to the USA and that is great for pool.

Thank you for all that you do in the pool world leading the way as always.


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03-28-2018, 08:08 AM

Pat Fleming not only is a great blessing to all of us pool affection adios that we all Love. If you aren't aware of the following, now you are, Pat Flemming is a Great Around, All Games, Pool Player. Pat used to play on the tour. I hope Barry Hearndon Works with Pat for many reasons all us old pool family guys and gals want around cause we admire Love Pat Flemming. I bought my first tapes from Pat back in like1984, have a good size collection of matches that I love. Go to Pat for the best matches.Peace everyone. BigDennis D.C.Cues.
  
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03-28-2018, 09:12 AM

Thanks to Pat for everything he has done and continues to do for pool.

Matchroom's acquisition of the US Open is, as Pat suggests, exciting and let's hope that the players work with Barry Hearn, rather than in an adversarial "I/we want it this way or I/we won't participate" manner.

Matchroom's great success is due to giving the spectators (live and on internet) what they want, whether it's what the players prefer or not. That's why Matchroom draws more spectators than any other producer of pool events.

The American players, who so often take the adversarial path, need to check their egos at the door to ensure that Barry Hearn, who can pull the plug on this event at a moment's notice, has a positive experience in producing this event. If they don't, the US Open remains on the path toward extinction.

Finally, the Behrmans developed and grew this event, and they will always be part of its history, but their day has come and gone and I don't see it as necessary for them to weigh in on any of these developments. Their place in history is assured and we should all be grateful to them for their contribution to our sport. .... but, in the words of the great Greek philosopher Herodotus, the past is history.
  
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03-28-2018, 09:14 AM

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03-28-2018, 09:25 AM

You are great for pool Pat. I hope Matchroom includes Accu-stats with the presentation of the US Open 9 ball championship. It presents a great picture of how the players are playing. It was good to see you again in the Villages. Best regards, Don Hunter
  
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US Open 9 Ball Championships going to Matchroom Sports - 03-28-2018, 09:31 AM

Hi Pat,

First off, I don't know of a single person who's contributed more to the longevity, history and comradery of the game of pocket billiards than you and Accu-Stats have in the past 3 or 4 decades, so hats off to you for your dedication, hard work, integrity and love for the greatest sport to ever be played Pat, you are truly one of a kind!!!

With that being said when Danny D told me that the 2018 US Open was going to be potentially a no show show this year, with rumors of the Behrmans holding out, Efren not playing again, I said wait a minute. "With the tainted history the US Open has had with Barry at the helm, players not getting paid, returning players refusing to play because of all these fiasco's, you're telling me that when the most "standup" guy in pool is asked to take over the management of the US Open for the past few years and it goes more smoothly than it has in previous years, and everyone gets paid, that now the Behrman's are going to cancel the US Open?"

Well for whatever it's worth, I hope they sold the rights to the US Open to Matchroom Sports for a bundle, because although Matchroom does provide quality events and streams, they are certainly a very commercialized organization and this commercialization will hopefully provide the advertising and funding to keep this event and many future events alive and prospering for a long time to come.

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03-28-2018, 10:10 AM

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Despite saving the U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships for the last three years, and after hearing the published news about Matchroom taking control over the Open, I’ve not heard a peep from the Behrmans or Matchroom regarding the development; not a phone call, not an email, not a text, not a voice mail, or a Facebook post, but I can’t hold it in any longer.

I think the acquisition of the U.S. Open 9-Ball Championships by Matchroom is the best thing that’s happened to pool in a very, very long time! I hope it survives many years because it will benefit the entire billiards industry immensely. It will also inspire countless talented individuals to pursue their dreams, and the sport will only grow from there.

In the meantime, I will continue to promote pool as best I can.

Pat Fleming
Pat, your reply simply reflects what a classy guy you are. You certainly should have been consulted in the transaction. To not even notify you is inexcusable! You've probably done more than any other individual to boost and the support the sport we all love. We all appreciate you!

I also second the applause for the new availability of the Accu-Stats matches on Vimeo streaming. The price is more than reasonable and the quality is excellent. I hope that the older matches will also be added to the Vimeo catalogue, even though I know the technical quality of the recordings can't match the current matches.
  
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