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Tom_In_Cincy
08-03-2004, 10:12 PM
Just got this email

Six players will match up for a special event Ring Game on Wednesday evening, September 8, 2004, during the 29th Annual U S Open 9-Ball Championship. Although the players are not yet determined, efforts our being made to make this a full field of former U S Open Champions.

The event was previously scheduled for Sunday, September 5th, but commitments in Europe for the World Pool Masters will delay the arrival of several top-level players who might participate.

Grady "The Professor" Mathews will preside over the event as "Ring Leader" along with U S Open Tournament Director Scott Smith. This unique 10-Ball event was very successful at the Derby City Classic, in Louisville, KY last January, when two separate Ring Games were produced, resulting in twelve one-hour cable TV programs. The Derby City Classic Ring Game #1 is currently running on Empire Sports Network and will soon be broadcast on several new regional sports cable networks in the third quarter of 2004. Billiard Club network is securing broadcast distribution in Buffalo, Denver, Chicago, Detroit and possibly Atlanta for U S Open,Derby City Classic and Ring Game programming.

Billiard Club network will broadcast the U S Open Ring Game event live on the Internet at www.billiardclub.net (http://www.billiardclub.net) and tape-delayed through its cable TV partners. ESPN has expressed an interest in the programming, but has yet to secure the rights.

For more information about the U S Open Ring Game or other event programming contact Billiard Club network at 1-866-774-8770 or email info@billiardclub.net.

BillPorter
08-04-2004, 05:52 AM
Tom, thanks for the heads up! I watched the first ring game from last year's Derby City Classic and it was pretty well done. There were a few glitches where the picture or sound went out for a bit, but I thought it was well worth the price.