I then shortly after got elected as the leader of my local club (600 members) and that was exhausting. We have 27 tables, but no alcohol is allowed and it operates as a strictly sporting arena (regional laws).
I’m done with doing that now and recently founded the agency Supr Charged (www.suprcharged.com). We specialize in marketing of players, brands and pool in general. I could not get out of my mind how similar situations poker and pool was in.
Poker has progressed to being a regulated multi billion industry a long time ago, and I’m not comparing the revenue potential of the two sports. I do however see that pool is where poker was in the early 2000´s. It has growth potential, but its somewhat scattered all over the place. There are a lot of opinions on what will «make pool great again», but I don’t think matters like identical rules and rating systems worldwide is the solution alone. Sure, that’s probably smart. Make sure that we are all playing the same game, but that’s not gonna solve the biggest issue. The biggest issue is that pool is not televised.
If pool were televised it would do wonders for recruitment and, most importantly the prize pools. That again would lead to more players being able to make a living from the sport, and more youngsters seeing that they can actually to the same! Only televised sport gets the big bucks. Even Cornhole and Timbersports is televised!
So how do we get pool to be a regular televised sporting event?
I don’t have all the answers, but we nowadays There is a bunch of sub-channels on each network. All the broadcasters has at least 3-4 sub-channels on top of their streaming options. So why should pool not be on one of them!? There is a few indicators that the broadcasters is looking for.
– First of all, the sport has to be interesting for the audience. Bring on the shot clock! You can not have players spending minutes on a shot, or every single shot!
– The audience should be more like during the Mosconi Cup. Let them make some noise and cheer for their favorite! Players just have to learn to play in those conditions. I love what Matchroom is doing. They have great productions!
Also, the «Billiards 2024» project is great! Billiards 2024 is the structure in charge of the promotion of Billiards’ bid for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. It is composed of senior members of Billiards’ different managing bodies, as well as players and industry giants. If billiards was to be part of the Olympics – we will see an explosion in interest.
Unfortunately, the Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games 2024 (OCOG) on the 21st of February announced their proposal of four additional sports to join the 28 already scheduled for the event. These are break dancing, climbing, skateboarding and surﬁng.
I love the initiative from the group behind the bid. It´s been fronted by ambassadors like Florian «Venom» Kohler, Jasmin Ouschan, Shaun Murphy and others. Hopefully they will keep ﬁghting for the sport.