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Pipe Dream: Billiards in the Olympics - 10-03-2017, 11:30 AM

If a billiard sport or cue sport were selected for the Olympics which game should be played at that level?

Would having billiards in Paralympic Games be a better starting point that the Olympics?
  
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10-03-2017, 12:43 PM

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If a billiard sport or cue sport were selected for the Olympics which game should be played at that level?

Would having billiards in Paralympic Games be a better starting point that the Olympics?
I do not know, but I can't imagine pool ever being considered an Olympic sport, because it is really not much of a physical activity. Are there any Olympic sports that require just as little physical activity as pool does? I would be very surprised if there are. I remember hearing Earl Strickland say in an interview that Pool is not really a physical sport (I assume he has been really into other types of physical sports in the past). Sorry for going off topic a little.
  
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10-03-2017, 01:38 PM

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If a billiard sport or cue sport were selected for the Olympics which game should be played at that level?

Would having billiards in Paralympic Games be a better starting point that the Olympics?
chinese 8-ball will be an olympic sport... sooner than later
  
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10-03-2017, 01:43 PM

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chinese 8-ball will be an olympic sport... sooner than later
Under which international sports confederation? Which countries will have national championships in place before that happens?

If cue sports were selected, I imagine the format would be a lot like the format in the World Games. See https://theworldgames2017.com/en/ for the latest World Games format and results.


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10-03-2017, 01:49 PM

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... Are there any Olympic sports that require just as little physical activity as pool does? ...
Target shooting? Archery? Here's more info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olympic_sports


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10-03-2017, 01:56 PM

And if there was to be an ice cream store that only sold one flavor, what flavor should it be?
  
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And if there was to be an ice cream store that only sold one flavor, what flavor should it be?
Neapolitan?


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10-03-2017, 02:04 PM

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If a billiard sport or cue sport were selected for the Olympics which game should be played at that level?

Would having billiards in Paralympic Games be a better starting point that the Olympics?
First, let me chime-in with:
Justnum, why would you even consider billiards in the "Paralympic Games?"

Second, IMO, for billiards to work in the Olympics, I say NO professionals, keep it for the amateurs.

Third, the game to be played would be 8-ball.
  
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10-03-2017, 02:11 PM

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First, let me chime-in with:
Justnum, why would you even consider billiards in the "Paralympic Games?"

Second, IMO, for billiards to work in the Olympics, I say NO professionals, keep it for the amateurs.

Third, the game to be played would be 8-ball.
There are wheel-chair billiard championships.

No, professionals compete in most/all the Olympic events. Professionals compete in the billiard events in the World Games.

8-ball is very unlikely to be the sole discipline.


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10-03-2017, 03:50 PM

The golf in the last Olympics had quite a few pros and gold was won by a pro Justin Rose.
Might be hard to keep the pros out if it ever happens.
  
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10-03-2017, 04:10 PM

So many questions..
I guess the main one I have is "why would you want billiards in the Olympics?" But let's skip this one.

Why would you prefer billiards for the Paralympics? What's wrong with being played by people without disabilities? Why not in both Olympics and Paralympics?

Why on earth should not be played by pros??? I honestly can't understand why would you want this to happen. This idea makes literary no sense at all.
  
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10-03-2017, 06:19 PM

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10-03-2017, 06:34 PM

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If a billiard sport or cue sport were selected for the Olympics which game should be played at that level?
Snooker. Whether you like it or not, snooker is the current dominant cue sport, and compared to rotation/8ball pool:

- it has a way better TV coverage and more lucrative sponsorship.
- it has a PROPER governing body.
- most, if not all, snooker professionals are subject to its governing body's rules.
- it has a better overall presentation and reputation.
- it has more consistent rules and standardized equipment.
- it is arguably a better spectator sport than pool.
- luck factor is less significant due to demanding equipment and the nature of the game itself, and is therefore a better gauge of cueing ability.

Simply put, if snooker will not be good enough to be included in the Olympics, then what chance do other cue sports have?

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10-03-2017, 08:56 PM

The main point of starting this thread was to think about billiards at the Olympic level.

Is it best showcased as a match in a single discipline like 8-ball or a snooker.

Or would a comprehensive format be better? Similar to how MMA combined multiple fighting styles into one match.

There was a recent exhibition between a champion MMA fighter and a multi-weight class champion boxer. The viewership was record setting.

That example (Mayweather vs. McGregor) shows how mixing all the old strengths of different disciplines into one game can create new interest. And let a new generation have something of their own to start and develop. They won't have to compete against legends of old. They can define what is important and create their own best practices.

Clearly the old ways won out, but it created interest in a new generation.

How would a mixed billiard game be like? Is playing each game in sequence better or is there a way to combine them into a single table match?

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