View Full Version : Why is Prize Money so Poor for Pool in the US ?

11-21-2002, 09:52 PM
Im amazed at how low the prize money is, it's pathetic

Tennis players who play low level ATP tournaments and lose in the first round make more money than the winner of most Pool tournaments!

Snooker players in England also have much higher prizemoney

The USA is the land of excesses, especially for sport and sporting salaries so why is Pool so far down the list ?

It seems fairly popular to me

11-21-2002, 10:03 PM
Let's see..

Sponsers like to show their goods to paying customers.. or by commercials.. putting up money for a prize or in a venue where lots of spectator are going to be present..

That would be TV. Now..... the ATP, NFL, MLB, NBA, PGA, Tennis and the NHL.. are major league sports. Lots of viewers, lots of TV time, Lots of comercials.

What is left over for POOL? Europe and England have just a few major sports that their billiards Pros have to compete. Plus gambling is very popular overseas.. its just catching on here in the USA. Lots of Billiards and Snooker tournaments generate tons of gambling. Hence the TV exposure. Gotta watch your favorite.. that you bet on.. right?

11-22-2002, 07:53 AM
What's even worse is guys who are professional freakin' BASS fisherman make a lot more money than pool players /ccboard/images/graemlins/tongue.gif

With the right promotion pro pool could be a lot more popular. Look what Matchroom Sports has done in Great Britain. Pool needs ESPN to be the knight in shining armor but ESPN doesn't care. It would be too much work, too many shady charachters, and not enough money.