Your right...but go ask the UFC? The WPA has been so ineffective for so long that they did it to themselves.The WPA, in its current iteration and under the management in place for the last couple of decades, has been the most incompetent and useless organization in pool, possibly the world. They literally serve no current purpose whatsoever and should just go away. That's not to say that there isn't a need for an organization that could properly fulfill the roles that they were designed to serve, because there certainly is, it is just just that they aren't the right organization to do it, or at least they would need all new management, every last single person, to ever have a chance because the current crop are, based on results, a bunch of bumbling fools.
To be fair, in the climate of pool of the last couple of decades, it could simply be that the WPA didn't have enough industry cooperation along with the ability to have any real bite to their oversight to ever have a chance of being effective no matter who was leading it, although there is also no doubt that some level of a better job could have been done because you literally couldn't possibly do worse. One thing is certain though, whoever fills the role of the WPA must remain independent from other parts of the pool industry in order to have any chance of being effective and being in the best interests of the sport, the fans, and even the players.
That said, for what might seem like the first time, I'm in 100% agreement with the WPA on this one. What Matchroom is essentially trying to do is make it to where nobody else can even attempt to compete by putting on any other big 9 ball events. For example, if Matchroom was in charge of the official 9 ball rankings, even if somebody else came along and wanted to do a 9 ball event with a million dollar prize fund, Matchroom could just say "well we aren't going to allow that event to count towards the official rankings" which might effectively kill it, or they could even say "any player that plays this event will be removed from the rankings list" which would almost certainly kill it. Matchroom's attempted actions here are both in spirit, and by definition, anticompetitive.
I don't begrudge any company for wanting to own their market, but kill them by out-competing them, not by rigging it to where nobody else can even try to compete.
Kudos to the WPA for finally once in their life having a backbone and being willing to put their foot down when it was needed instead of letting themselves get bullied around. It was their constant acquiescing to various other unacceptable behavior in the past that perhaps more than anything else made them so utterly useless, and if they can continue to have a backbone along with some other changes then maybe, just maybe, they can actually and finally serve a needed and useful purpose.
You are right, the WPA always prioritized getting their sanctioning fees over doing what was right, and they also allowed themselves to get pushed around so much and for so long that they became seen as so much of a joke that the chances that the industry is now going to coalesce behind them in any meaningful manner are almost zero, especially when the opposition is an 800 pound gorilla willing to pour large amounts of money into pool and the future finally starting to look optimistic from that respect. And why on earth would they when the WPA was never willing to stand for them when it was warranted?Your right...but go ask the UFC? The WPA has been so ineffective for so long that they did it to themselves.
As someone who owns multiple businesses, there is a difference between what you describe & the BS Matchroom does. So you can sit your goofy ass downWhat a stupid comment this is. This misguided statement can be used for any private, free enterprise business that ever existed.
Of course they are self serving. They are a business and need to make money to grow, or what's the fuggin point?
As an aside, I was told by a Washington, D.C., pool aficionado many years ago that ESPN came to the Capital City Classic in Maryland to film for a segment. Nick Varner was playing one-pocket, and I can't remember who his opponent was. During the middle of the match, the camera crew packed up and left, stating words to the effect that this kind of video footage is just not exciting enough for TV. And they left. The footage never made the air.Do they not remember the absurd formats and nonsense attempted in the past on ESPN to try to gain TV interest? In other words, they put up with that for a chance, I don't see why anything Matchroom does is controversial.
I think that ship sailed a long time ago. Some folks refused to give up, but I think that hope is dead in the water now. With Barry Hearn's vision, I'm not interested in pool at the Olympics Games anymore. WPA had their chance, and they fumbled the ball over and over and over again as they traveled the world to various events on sanctioning fees paid by pool promoters for their blessing.But what about getting pool into the Olympics?
Definitely a good move! HOWEVER, all promoters need to work together to avoid conflicts in schedules. The worst thing that can happen in this sport is conflict between Matchroom, Predator and other major tournaments like the Euro Tour.
Two problems. First, Matchroom doesn't give three sh!ts about anybody else but Matchroom and are going to do whatever they please regardless of how it affects anybody else and regardless of what the WPA or anybody else says about it. In fact, they would highly prefer to see all pool outside of Matchroom events fail and go away. They could care less that it wouldn't be good for the sport, the players, or the fans.DCC, the international and the eurotour are part of the matchroom-forged nineball rankings. but the predator events are very likely at risk for scheduling conflicts. so i don't see how this is good news.
whatever one thinks about the WPA there is no other governing body to safeguard these matters
Matchroom is investing in poolMatchroom, and to some degree Predator, is driving the pro pool bus right now. WPA needs MR more than the other way around. Players just want a tour(s) of well run/good paying events. They could not care less about the stuffed shirts at the WPA.
In the podcast posted by the OP, I recall that Barry Hearn recognized the need to work with other promoters. If Matchroom seeks to dominate and overpower competitors that could be a disaster for the sport. I guess we have to wait and see and hope for the best.DCC, the international and the eurotour are part of the matchroom-forged nineball rankings. but the predator events are very likely at risk for scheduling conflicts. so i don't see how this is good news.
the players have benefitted from there being a predator event in austria in close proximity to the MR european open, and a predator event in michigan some weeks before the US open, etc. whatever one thinks about the WPA there is no other governing body to safeguard these matters
Matchroom is smart. They need the other tours to do their heavy lifting, at least for now. There may come a time when they even sanction other tours, or squash them. It would be foolish of them to do it now. Maybe they will schedule on top of other events here and there just to send the message that they are the top dog. In the meantime, let's hope the other events continue on their path.In the podcast posted by the OP, I recall that Barry Hearn recognized the need to work with other promoters. If Matchroom seeks to dominate and overpower competitors that could be a disaster for the sport. I guess we have to wait and see and hope for the best.
It's their business. They can run it however they want.... without any input from anyone on a billiard forum.As someone who owns multiple businesses, there is a difference between what you describe & the BS Matchroom does. So you can sit your goofy ass down