It's all about ratings. Over the past several years, pool programming has been among the least watched shows for the ESPN networks (ESPN, E2, Classic). People complain about the broadcasting of hot dog eating contests and the like, but the reality is that the Nathan's annual event typically pulls a Nielsen number in the 1.2 range (last year's event pulled 1.95 million viewers and a 1.3 rating) whereas first run broadcasts of pool are lucky to pull a third of that.
I'd love to see more pool on TV, as we make every effort to sponsor televised events, but until people with Nielsen boxes start tuning in on a regular basis, pool will not make regular appearances on any of the ESPN channels.
Ratings huh, well maybe if they didn't just use pool as a filler and let people know when it was going to be on , and then it really was on at that time not bumped for something else that might help the ratings
Or maybe if they showed forget an entire match, forget about that maybe just an entire game once in a while that would help with those so called
It also might help if the people who say the ratings are so bad would produce a decent show in the first place. Meaning knowledgeable commentators a good color man and stop talking to the audience like they are morons, they follow other sports where the rules are much more complicated than the rules in pool. In fact thinking about that I have a hard time thinking of any sport where the rules are as simple as pool.
I done except for one more thing get rid of that stupid pocket cam it has no place in a professional pool match.
PS. There is no such thing as a first run broadcast for pool when your starting out with a third rate production!
If pool never makes it on ESPEW again that would be good for pool, all they have ever done is insult this great game in the manner they have dealt with it!
I also agree with the comments above stop trying to sterilize pool, people don't want to watch suit wearing robots.