View Full Version : Missed ESPN's Mosconi 6hours

12-28-2003, 06:26 PM
I am so bummed...I ment to set the VCR today before leaving for bowling..and I forgot....So once again, I missed the Mosconi Cup 6hour footage....Damn.

Wonder if it will be replayed sometime early next year.

Cueless Joey
12-28-2003, 06:46 PM
No you did not.
They showed 6 hours of REPEAT Trick Shot contest on Olhausen table with 6 inch pockets! /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

12-29-2003, 01:51 AM
Thank God, I thought I'd lost my wit and couldn't read a guide. Y'all post when this event is really aired...sid

12-29-2003, 06:34 AM
Hey Sid,
It was supposed to be aired on Dec.28th from 1-7 pm-my guide was crazy too! The only other news I heard of its airing is on Jan.28th,29th and 30th!
We'll see what happens!
Have a nice New Year!

12-29-2003, 08:01 AM
Yes. What a surprise yesterday.

I just checked Matchroom's forum and nobody there seems to know why. There's just the usual 4 long threads about what a jerk Earl is /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

Maybe Matchroom could not get it edited in time. I would not blame ESPN for this. If Matchroom had delivered the data I'm sure ESPN would have shown it.

Wally~~watched the Bengals lose /ccboard/images/graemlins/frown.gif

Scott Lee
12-29-2003, 09:43 AM
Wally, my local tv guide showed just 4 hours scheduled, but as was mentioned, on trick shots were shown. I set my vcr to record it all, but there was NO Mosconi Cup! Boohoo! /ccboard/images/graemlins/tongue.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/confused.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/frown.gif


12-29-2003, 01:39 PM
ESPN Delays Mosconi Cup Airing

Pool fans who tuned in to ESPN2 Sunday afternoon, Dec. 28, expecting to see six consecutive hours of the 2003 Mosconi Cup instead found a string of Trick Shot Magic reruns.

Blame it on Eminem.

ESPN public relations spokesman Nate Smeltz said that the 2003 Mosconi Cup, staged Dec. 18-21 at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas, had "production problems" that prevented it from airing in its assigned time slot. Smeltz went on to say that the Mosconi Cup would, indeed, air on ESPN2 in the near future, but that definitive dates have not been established.

According to Matchroom Sports, producers of the Mosconi Cup, the crux of the problem was music (including rapper Eminem's "Lose Yourself") that Matchroom's United Kingdom television partner Sky Sport uses during player introductions and taped promotional segments.

"Sky Sports has copyright to run whatever music they want in the U.K.," said Matchroom's Luke Riches. "In the U.S., ESPN has to clear the rights to the music, or edit songs out of the program and replace them with music that they hold rights to."

According to Riches, Sky Sport edited and produced four hours of programming from the 2002 Mosconi Cup, which aired on ESPN2 Dec. 29, 2002. In 2003, however, ESPN assumed the task of editing the footage into six one-hour shows. (All 20 matches of Team USA's 11-9 win over Team Europe were aired live in the U.K. on Sky Sport.)

"Apparently," said Riches, "ESPN couldn't clear the music or re-edit the tapes in time.

"I guess this kind of thing can happen," Riches added. "But it's something of a disaster for our sponsors who bought commercial time and expected the commercials to air on Dec. 28."

<font color="blue">I'm surprised Matchroon trusted ESPN to edit the matches </font color>

12-29-2003, 09:50 PM

Matchroom should sue.


12-30-2003, 07:09 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Qtec:</font><hr> Unbelieveable.

Matchroom should sue.

Q <hr /></blockquote>

I don't think they would want to piss off ESPN by suing them. Even though their relationship is mutually beneficial, I think Matchroom has more to lose, at least in the U.S. market, which Matchroom is trying to crack.

12-30-2003, 09:34 AM
Well, after posting about my missing the viewing, I obviously read alot about the noncoverage. I just hope that when it is covered, it gets the advertising that the first one had. It seems that if other countries can watch live events that we should be able to have a channel dedicated to billiards in general, or at least be able to watch that broadcast through DirectTV/Dish/PPV or something. I am waiting for my chance to record one 6 hour tape.

12-31-2003, 01:42 AM
....It seems that if other countries can watch live events that we should be able to have a channel dedicated to billiards in general, or at least be able to watch that broadcast through DirectTV/Dish/PPV or something... <hr /></blockquote>
It's just not that easy. And the cost to get it done may not be worth the risk when the marketplace has yet to prove it's willing to support a "channel" or regular PPV. We know this for a fact. Been there and done that.

However, since launching BCtv online (http://www.billiardclub.net), just two weeks ago, we've had over 10,000 program views. Is this the answer? Don't know yet. Please check it out.

Incidentally, we've broadcast more original programming in the US than ESPN in 2003 and we'll produce and broadcast more than ESPN again in 2004. Some publishers of some billiard magazines fail to recognize this every time there's an article about pool on TV? But maybe ESPN's schedule for pool is more readily available? Not really. It took awhile to find and they don't even have "billiards or "pool" listed as a "sport."

Go to Sunshine Network's BCtv broadcast schedule (http://www.sunshinenetwork.com/program_schedule2.jsp?slabel=Billiards&amp;tlabel=&amp;the team=&amp;sport=BIL) in just one click from the BCn website. And it's a schedule you can set you VCR to. Oh, when you visit www.Sunshinenetwork.com (http://www.Sunshinenetwork.com) and select a sport, you'll find "billiards" listed.

BTW, from now until the end of Feb, Sunshine will broadcast 40 hours of BCtv, including the finals of last years Mosconi Cup (US broadcast premier) and the first seven 2003 US Open matches.

The point is, while ESPN repeats some trick shot show for the umteenth time, BCn pumps out a fresh new one-hour program every week, that has meaning and relevance on a major event in professional pool. It's a wonder why there's so much complaining about pool on TV when it's available 5-6 times each week, plus 24/7 online. (http://secure.eonstreams.com/players/player.php?Frame=FSet&amp;PlayerID=15)

Happy New Year!

12-31-2003, 08:13 AM
BCn....FYI...I do watch the sunshine channel and empire to watch some pool. But I have watched most of last years Mosconi already, so I was eager for the current. I have dial up at home, so I couldnt watch your program via the internet, it was just too slow. If the videos were saveable, dialup users could watch it after it was completely downloaded. Since I cannot do that, it isnt worth its weight to download it. Maybe in the spring when I get a cable connection.

Keep up the good work and effort promoting the game of pool and someday, their may be a larger market as to get some more tv time. I just wonder when ESPN had their Scrabble tests to show that on tv.

12-31-2003, 09:33 AM
When anyone finds out when it's going to be on, could someone let me know?
I don't get ESPN, but some friends of mine do, and they'll tape it for me!