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04-18-2005, 04:40 PM

April 18, 2005

13-Match Schedule Already a Hit in Canada

ST LOUIS, MO – Billiard Club network announces a broadcast distribution agreement with Rogers SportsNet, a leading Canadian TV sports network, for the 2004 U.S. Open 9-Ball Championship Series. The 13-match broadcast series has already begun airing, with great ratings and will continue with hundreds of repeats throughout 2005 and into spring of 2006.

SportsNet is available to 8 million cable homes across Canada through four regional networks, East, Ontario, West and Pacific. Each SportsNet regional will carry the series based on their individual schedules. A weekly schedule of times can be found on Sportsnet's TV Schedule page online, by searching billiards.

“This is the third year Sportsnet has pick up the option on the U S Open,” said Rob Sykora, president BCn. “The event definitely has a Canadian flavor with seasoned announcer Jim Wych calling matches and Canadian Champion Luc Salvas playing in a featured match. The Open plays very well in Canada with SportsNet viewers. They've been following the event through a weekly broadcast schedule for three years.”

Rogers SportsNet is a subsidiary of Rogers Media and Rogers Communications Inc, one of Canada's largest media enterprises comprising 30 radio stations, a televised home shopping channel, a multicultural television station in Toronto, ownership interest in three cable programming services, 11 consumer magazines, 40 business periodicals, directories and information products, along with a new media division that is a leading provider of Canadian Internet content.

The U S Open is the longest running and most prestigious professional pool event in America. 2005 marks The 30th Annual U. S. Open 9-Ball Championship, held every year at the Chesapeake Conference Center in Chesapeake, VA. For more information, visit the event home page at www.usopen9ballchampionships.com. (http://www.usopen9ballchampionships.com.)

Billiard Club network, along with production partner Accu-Stats Video is the producer of top professional pool tournaments, including the U S Open 9-Ball, the Derby City Classic and the Glass City Open. For more information, visit www.billiardclub.net. (http://www.billiardclub.net.)