It is Schmidt's choice to market his run the way he wants. He and his partner have decided this is the best way to market it, and after seeing the reaction in AZB and elsewhere, I agree with him. They've made an evening event that is clearly well-received by the people who have attended it.I disagree on all three points u made, first of all - I noticed u brushed over the 'at home' viewing and did not even address it, kindee' important as many would like to avoid large crowds (change in season) and not burn their eye balls in some weirdo' theater dog and pony show/production. As far as marketing a 'possible' new world record in 14.1, I think yer just again tryin to downplay the amount of discs he could have sold to honest 14.1 students - with a stellar marketing team. Yer not a 14.1 player (yer a talker) so u really have no idea how popular the game is on global scale. There are ways of dealing with theft of intellectual property, j.s. may own rights to his 'easy street shady theater show' but he does not have the right to try and steal Mosconi's record - without providing VERIFIABLE evidence to the public - the theater production - ain't verifiable evidence. To yer third and final point, Once I take a look at the other 626 threads, I count more than 100 aze'rs who are unsure about the 'claim' as well - I would hardly call that a minority. Not totally sure yer correct about them not in need of legal assistance or other, but I have come up with a nick name for ya - justuhdownplayer. It is a bit lengthy - but it fits u well.
Your reaction to the way he's marketing it is clearly tied in within your own personal feelings. But this is a business decision. I doubt that he cares about your feelings on the matter.
You may not agree with the BCA calling it a new record, but I doubt that the BCA cares. If asked, I expect the BCA would give more weight to the opinions of Mark Wilson, Nick Varner, Bob Jewett and others. But the BCA has viewed the video and made the call that this is a BCA record. All the straight pool players i know agree, even though they haven't seen the video themselves. The people who have sat through John's production said it was a clean run.
What Schmidt has done is a great record, and is good for straight pool, and hopefully also good for him. Yes, Mosconi had a great record that lasted for a long time, but John has beaten that now. If straight pool can become more popular other people will try to set the record, so Schmidt's record may not last 70 years like Mosconi's.
Once he no longer can draw a crowd that covers his costs, I would expect he will sell DVD's to earn what he can that way, but it seems to me to be a good move on his part to do these presentations first.