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posticon   Posted: 2024-03-28 07:13

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BCA Re-Elects Philippe Singer as 2024-2025 Board Chairman

Superior, Colo. – March 26, 2024 – During its general membership meeting in Las Vegas, NV., on March 20, 2024, the Billiard Congress of America announced the results of its 2024-2025 Board of Directors elections, which are as follows:

Category 1 (Manufacturer/Distributor)

• Wes Bond (Koda Sports), three-year term

• Colby Olhausen (Olhausen Mfg), three-year term

In the follow-up election of BCA officers, Philippe Singer (The Predator Group) accepted a one-year term as BCA Board Chairman, as did each of the remaining seated officers: Vice Chairman Jacklyn Ady (Brunswick Billiard Group); Secretary Maria Trent-Martinez (Pool Tables Plus of Daytona Beach); and Treasurer Trey Stites (Valley, Dynamo and Champion Shuffleboard). The remaining directors include: Shane Bouchard (Maine Home Recreation); Debbie Corvey (Boyton Beach Billiards); and Ed Liddawi (Sandcastle Billiards).

“I am honored to be re-elected and serve as the chairman of the Billiard Congress of America,” said Singer. “Now that we have positive momentum with our members and healthier financial results, we can gear up and implement new initiatives to support our membership and promote the sport. Both the group of individuals serving on this board, as well as the Billiard Congress of America staff, are bringing innovative ideas and are committed to make them happen. I am looking forward to seeing more initiatives come to life that support the growth and development of both the industry and the association.”

About Billiard Congress of America

Founded in 1948, the Billiard Congress of America is a non-profit trade organization dedicated to growing a united, prosperous and highly regarded billiard industry through BCA leadership. The BCA seeks to enhance the success of its members and promote the game of billiards though educational, marketing and promotional efforts, annual industry trade shows, tournaments and other programs designed to encourage billiards as a lifestyle and make pool everybody’s game. For more information, visit bca-pool.com or call 303.243.5070.


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2024 BCA EXPO DRAWS TO CLOSE IN LAS VEGAS ON HIGH NOTE

Buyer Attendance up 64%


Longmont, Colo. – April 12, 2024 – The 2024 edition of the Billiard Congress of America’s BCA Expo was held at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, March 19 – 21, 2024 in partnership with the Amusement Expo International.

Total buyer attendance for this year’s BCA Expo was up 63% from last year’s event.

“It really made a huge difference for all the major industry influencers coming back together in the same location” said BCA Chairman Philippe Singer. “Not only was there a real energy on the show floor, but the synergy from a spring date, co-locating with the Amusement Expo, and members being excited really made this Expo one of the best Expos in the past 20 years. We are moving in the right direction, and everybody is looking forward to what is next!”

This year, with the assistance of many of the BCA Expo exhibitors, the BCA organized an offsite Denim and Diamonds Industry Party, Wednesday, March 20 at the Stirling Club in Las Vegas, and the response was overwhelmingly positive. With longtime Billiard Digest Publisher Mike Panozzo commenting, “The party’s execution was excellent, I had such a great time I can’t wait to see what’s in store for next year.”

In addition to two days of the BCA Expo’s show floor activity, the Business of Billiards Seminar Series offered two seminars specifically designed to home table installers that provided tangible and immediately implementable information to all in attendance.

“This year’s two featured seminars: “The Ins and Outs of the New Valley Dynamo” and “The Secrets of the Brunswick Gold Crown VI” helped launch the BCA’s new Certified Installer program, said BCA Board Director Shane Bouchard. “We look forward to continuing these installer educational courses and as well as expanding the educational experience in 2025 and beyond.”

“The decision of the BCA Board to move to an earlier time of year and co-locate with AEI’s Amusement Expo is going to have positive impact for the association for many years to come,” said BCA CEO Shane Tyree. “Over 50% of the BCA exhibitor floor space is already sold for 2025, any exhibitor not committed to next year yet needs to take advantage of the early bird rates and premium space that are still available. We fully anticipate next year’s BCA floor space to sell out.”

Click here to download 2025 BCA Early Bird Exhibitor Agreement.
https://cdn.ymaws.com/bca-pool.com/resource/resmgr/press_releases/2025_Exhibit_Space_Contract_.pdf

During the event, the Billiard Congress of America also announced the 2025 BCA Expo will return to Las Vegas, Nev. from Tuesday, March 18 through Thursday, March 20 at the Las Vegas Convention Center South Hall. The BCA is working on providing more education seminars and building on this year’s positive word of mouth to drive more buyers to the next BCA Expo. More information on the 2025 BCA Expo will be available as it develops at BCAExpo.com.

About Billiard Congress of America

Founded in 1948, the Billiard Congress of America is a non-profit trade organization dedicated to growing a united, prosperous and highly regarded billiard industry through BCA leadership. The BCA seeks to enhance the success of its members and promote the game of billiards though educational, marketing and promotional efforts, annual industry trade shows, tournaments and other programs designed to encourage billiards as a lifestyle and make pool everybody's game. For more information, visit bca-pool.com or call 303.243.5070.


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Diamond Billiards announced as official Table Sponsor for multiple open events on Matchroom's 2024 World Nineball Tour

The World Nineball tour are delighted to announce Diamond Billiards as the Table & Light Provider for our highly anticipated 2024 WNT events, featuring:

• UK Open Pool Championship 7-12 May

• European Open Championship 6 – 11 August

• US Open Pool Championship 19 – 24 August

• Spanish Open Pool Championship (Dates TBC)

Diamond's partnership with Matchroom has flourished over time, with the US-based manufacturer playing a pivotal role in the World Nineball Tour. Having provided hundreds of tables for previous Matchroom Nineball events, Diamond's tables will now serve as the official tables for the 2024 UK Open, Spanish Open, US Open, and European Open.

Diamond Billiards, renowned for their superior quality and craftsmanship, will be supplying their signature 9ft Professional Tables, outfitted with Iwan Simonis 860 Shark Grey Cloth and Aramith Tournament Black balls, complemented by Diamond Professional Lights. For more information on Diamond Billiards visit: www.diamondbilliards.com

VP of Diamond Billiards, Chad Scharlow said: "Diamond Billiards is honoured to be collaborating with Matchroom once again on the most prestigious tournaments on the calendar. I look forward to witnessing new champions being crowned while playing on our professional tables this year. Matchroom are world leaders in pool, and paired with our superior tables and playing conditions, fills us with excitement as we envision our world-class tables in the Nineball Arena."

CEO of Matchroom Multi Sport, Emily Frazer said: “I would like to thank Diamond and Chad once again for supporting us on the World Nineball Tour. As we embark on a year with more events and an ever-growing fanbase, their dedication in providing top-class tables for our 2024 Open events is invaluable.”

Spectator tickets available to purchase for the UK, US, and European Open events for fans to witness great pool players playing on dazzling Diamond tables.

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Details regarding Spanish Open tickets will be announced soon.

For more information on World Nineball Tour Events visit: www.matchroompool.com/schedule/

ABOUT WORLD NINEBALL TOUR

Introducing the World Nineball Tour (WNT), a game-changing initiative in professional pool. With a $5 million minimum prize fund and over 40 ranking events worldwide, the WNT heralds a new era for the sport. Committed to fairness, transparency, and commercial viability, the WNT offers players a clear path to success by providing opportunities to accrue World Nineball Ranking points and gain access to prestigious tournaments on the calendar.


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MATCHROOM GROUP AND PITCH INTERNATIONAL STRIKES NEW GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP AND INVESTMENT

Matchroom Sport is delighted to announce today a ground-breaking, global partnership with industry-leading sports marketing agency, Pitch International.

The landmark deal sees Pitch International complete a significant investment to bring a new strategic alignment between the pioneering sports entities.

The alliance promises to futureproof Matchroom’s position as a global market leader in the world of sport – with a view to collaborating on international media rights, huge global events and major sports sponsorships across the Matchroom Group portfolio including Matchroom Boxing, the Professional Darts Corporation, World Snooker and Matchroom MultiSport.

As part of this historic agreement, Pitch International will acquire a minority stake holding in Matchroom Sport with the founding Hearn family retaining majority control.

Founded in 1982, Matchroom Sport now promotes more than 600 event days and over 2400 hours of original programming per year throughout the world and over the past four decades has become one of the largest suppliers of sports content globally.

Pitch International, founded 20 years ago in 2004 by Paul McGrath and Jon Owen, is renowned for its representation of global media rights, management and delivery of sports events and hospitality, sponsorship advisory services and the production of critically acclaimed sports films and documentaries.

Matchroom Sport Chairman, Eddie Hearn said: “I am delighted to welcome Pitch International to the Matchroom family. When my Dad founded our business over 40 years ago in a snooker hall in Romford, Essex, we never expected to be in this position today as a global leader in sports promotion and events. Today, he stands as a proud President as we plan for sustained success and continued global growth across Matchroom Sport. As our company continues to evolve, Pitch International's investment will help us unlock many more exciting milestones and, ultimately, enhance our formidable reputation as market leaders and innovators."

Matchroom Sport President, Barry Hearn OBE said: “This unique partnership with Pitch International heralds a momentous day for Matchroom – and it lays the foundations for our future growth and success. For over 40 years we have changed the game beyond my wildest expectations. I am confident that now, with this significant investment, our family business will be propelled to greater heights as we bring the best talent together to deliver world class events and unrivalled entertainment to sports fans for many more years to come.”

Pitch International Executive Chairman, Oliver Slipper said: “I have worked with Matchroom for over 20 years and have the upmost respect for the incredible business they have built. Together this deal strengthens both Pitch International and Matchroom and I am excited to work together to create new sports events, further globalise our respective audiences and continue the outstanding growth both companies have achieved in the last decade.”

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MEDIA CONTACTS

For Matchroom Sport:
Matty Lawless, Head of Communications
matty.lawless@matchroom.com; +447393764765

For Pitch International:
Caprice Critchley, PR, Communications and Events Manager
caprice.critchley@pitchinternational.com; +447776651353

About Matchroom Sport
Matchroom Sport, led by chairman Eddie Hearn, owns, produces, and promotes elite, global sporting events across its subsidiaries: Matchroom Boxing, the Professional Darts Corporation, World Snooker and Matchroom MultiSport. For over 40 years, Matchroom Sport has delivered unparalleled value to its sponsors, massive audiences for its TV broadcast partners and excitement to sports’ fans. Matchroom Sport is one of the world’s largest suppliers of sports programming, supplying virtually every major broadcaster of sports in the world. For more information, visit our website: https://matchroom.com/

About Pitch International
Founded in 2004, Pitch International is an industry-leading sports marketing agency. Proudly partnering some of the world’s most prestigious sporting organisations, Pitch is renowned for its representation of global media rights, management and delivery of sports events and hospitality, sponsorship advisory services and the production of critically acclaimed sports films and documentaries. Building close relationships are at the heart of Pitch’s success, which alongside an unrivalled understanding of the sports industry, enables Pitch to continually push the boundaries of what’s possible. For further information on the services, we offer please email: info@pitchinternational.com or visit our website: https://pitchinternational.com/


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Exciting News from the World Pool Association!

We are thrilled to announce that Heyball has transitioned from a pool code governed by an Affiliated International Federation to a discipline directly overseen by the WPA!

Heyball is now officially recognized as a WPA discipline, underscoring its growing popularity and significance within the global pool community. This move reflects our dedication to supporting emerging pool sports.

WPA President Ishaun Singh remarked, "We are delighted to welcome Heyball as a directly governed discipline under the WPA. This transition marks a significant milestone for the sport, highlighting its increasing global popularity and competitive standards. We look forward to collaborating with the Advisory Council to further develop and promote Heyball on the world stage."

The new Advisory Council for Heyball will include appointed members who will aid in governing the discipline. WPA Directors may also serve as members, ensuring Heyball benefits from the extensive experience and expertise within our leadership. The Board, in consultation with Continental Members, will appoint members and establish procedural rules for the Council.

Heyball's unique gameplay, featuring tables with rounded pockets and napped cloth, has captivated players and fans, particularly in China. Major Heyball tournaments offer some of the largest prize money in pool, showcasing the sport's prominence and potential for growth.

Since 1987, the WPA has been the governing body for pool sports, promoting and developing various pool disciplines worldwide. With Heyball now directly governed, we reaffirm our commitment to fostering diversity and excellence in pool sports.

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About the WPA
The World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA) is the international governing body for pool. Formed in 1987, the WPA oversees the rules, regulations, and standards for various pool disciplines, including 8-Ball, 9-Ball, 10-Ball, 14.1 Straight Pool, Artistic Pool, Blackball, Heyball, and Pyramid. Headquartered in Gauteng, South Africa, the WPA is a founding member of the World Confederation of Billiards Sports, which encompasses all major cue sports globally and is recognised by the IOC.


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Master cueists clash in Jeddah: 2024 World Pool Championship starts tomorrow

• The ‘Crown Jewel’ of the World Nineball Tour runs from June 3-8
• 128 players vying for historic glory at the Green Halls with record-breaking prize pool and sport’s most prestigious title at stake
• Showcased live around the world through leading global broadcasters, including Sky Sports, SSC, Shahid VIP Sports, MENA, and DAZN.
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• Saudi Arabia to host World Pool Championship for the next 10 years in partnership with SABSF, Ministry of Sport and promoter Matchroom Multi-Sport


Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – 2 June 2024: Sports fans’ wait for Saudi Arabia’s latest international sporting event is finally over as the World Pool Championship gets underway at the Green Halls, Jeddah on Monday.

The ‘Crown Jewel’ of the World Nineball Tour (WNT), the World Pool Championship represents the sport’s grandest stage and is the most prestigious event on the professional Nineball circuit.

In partnership with the Saudi Arabian Billiard & Snooker Federation (SABSF) and Ministry of Sport, the 2024 edition makes its first-ever appearance in the Kingdom from June 3-8 – welcoming 128 of the planet’s premier cueists for six days of action-packed competition.

The field, which includes the world’s top 100 alongside 28 wildcard entrants, will battle it out for historic glory with a record-breaking prize pool and the sport’s pinnacle title at stake. Ahead of the event, local and international media came together for the official press conference on Sunday, which set the scene for another outstanding chapter in the Kingdom’s sports evolution.

Dr. Nasser Saab Al-Shammari, President of SABSF, said: “New sporting history is about to be written in Saudi Arabia – and we couldn’t be more excited. After delighting global audiences for over three decades while emerging as a phenomenal event loved and admired by millions, we are thrilled that the World Pool Championship is making its inaugural appearance in the Kingdom.

“History shows us that each edition of this illustrious competition is always special – and 2024 will be no different. With the world’s greatest players competing for the sport’s greatest prize, there’s no doubt that all of us are about to witness more incredible sporting moments that entertain and inspire.”

With an illustrious 32-year history in which the event has been held across Asia, Europe, North America, and the Middle East, Saudi Arabia is the new home of the World Pool Championship for the next decade. A major 10-year deal between SABSF, the Ministry of Sport, and WNT promoter Matchroom Multi-Sport is destined to present a host of new growth and development opportunities for the sport regionally and globally with players, officials, and fans alike sure to benefit.

Emily Frazer, CEO of Matchroom Multi-Sport, revealed: “This week represents the start of a new era not only for the World Pool Championship, but also for the sport as a whole. While building on its profile and popularity in other international territories where interest and engagement are especially high, bringing the World Pool Championship to Saudi Arabia represents a tremendous opportunity to take the sport to even greater heights by further boosting access, support, and participation across the region.

“We’ve seen a genuine buzz and excitement within the community ahead of this event and we’re looking forward to a brilliant spectacle. This is a must-attend occasion for every sports fan – and the first of many here in the Kingdom.”

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Ahead of his title defense, top seed Francisco Sanchez Ruiz said: “This is one of a few select events that we look forward to the most as players – I can’t wait. The World Championship is always special, but being here in Saudi Arabia for the first time means there’s an even bigger sense of anticipation. So many huge events have been here recently across all sports – and it’s great our sport is joining this list.”

Another at the press conference was Pia Filler, the first female professional player on the World Nineball Tour. She added: “The opportunities that our sport provides with a level playing field are massive, with many of the world’s best players competing for the ultimate prize this week. It will be an exciting week of play in an incredible destination.”

Alongside the sport’s biggest names, 13 Saudi Arabian players will also compete as wildcards, fulfilling their lifelong dreams of competing in the World Pool Championship – which also stands as one of two WNT blue ribbon events alongside the US Open.

Ahmed Al Jabbar elaborated on the significance of the occasion, crediting the World Pool Championship as a certain source of inspiration for present and future generations of Saudi players: “Years from now, when the best Saudi players competing internationally are asked what inspired them to take up this sport; they will say the 2024 World Pool Championship in Jeddah. This is the legacy that this week will leave behind.”

Saudi Arabia is one of the fastest-growing countries in world sport – a journey being propelled by Vision 2030, which seeks to increase weekly participation in sports, cultivate a sports economy, and elevate local athletes’ international competitiveness.

Since its inception in 2015, Vision 2030 has inspired never-before-seen levels of engagement and participation across the Kingdom. Within this time, nationwide sports participation has risen by 300%, female weekly activity by 400%, and organised sports groups by 800%.

Hosting international sporting events has also inspired the population and encouraged men, women, boys, and girls to participate in sports. Over 100 events have been held in the Kingdom since 2018, welcoming more than 2.5 million attendees.

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WORLD POOL ASSOCIATION PRESS RELEASE

Gauteng (RSA), 4 June 2024 - World Pool Association Press Release


The WPA’s 2024 World 9-Ball Championship Begins in Jeddah!

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – June 4, 2024: The highly anticipated 2024 World 9-Ball Championship kicked off yesterday at the prestigious Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal City Sports Hall in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Proudly sanctioned by the World Pool Association (WPA), this monumental event runs from June 3rd to June 8th, 2024, showcasing the collaborative efforts of WPA’s promoter Matchroom Sport Limited, the Saudi Arabian Billiard & Snooker Federation, and the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Sport.

With an impressive prize fund of $1,000,000, the Championship promises intense competition and marks a significant milestone in 9 Ball. Anticipation is high for a week filled with intense clashes and mesmerizing displays of skill.

Prize Fund Breakdown:
- Winner: $250,000
- Runner-Up: $100,000
- Semi-Finalists (x2): $50,000 each
- Quarter Finalists (x4): $27,000 each
- Last 16 (x8): $15,000 each
- Last 32 (x16): $7,000 each
- Last 64 (x32): $3,500 each
- Losers Qualification (x32): $2,000 each
- 66th-97th (x32): $1,000 each
- Highest Break and Run: $2,000

Stay up-to-date with all the excitement! Track every match, monitor the latest scores, and check the schedule by visiting our official website.

More than just a tournament, the Championship celebrates the artistry, precision, and unwavering pursuit of excellence in the world of billiards. Join us as we witness history unfold in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia!

#World9BallChampionship #Billiards # Jeddah2024 #9Ball #WPA #OnCueFor32

About the World Pool Association (WPA):
The WPA is the international governing body for Pool. As a founding member of the World Confederation of Billiard Sports, the WPA is Pool’s link to the International Olympic Committee. The WPA is dedicated to promoting Pool globally and ensuring fair play and sportsmanship in all competitions.

About the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Sport:
The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Sport is responsible for promoting sports and physical activities in the Kingdom, fostering a culture of health, fitness, and excellence.

About the Saudi Arabian Billiard & Snooker Federation:
The Saudi Arabian Billiard & Snooker Federation is committed to the development and promotion of billiard sports in Saudi Arabia, organizing events and supporting athletes at all levels.

About Matchroom Sport Limited:
Matchroom Sport Limited is a leader in sports promotion, known for producing high-quality events across various sports, including billiards, boxing, and darts.

WPA



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