January 6, 2010
We finally got around to watching the International Challenge of Champions 2009. They once again played it on the new Aramith Fusion Tables. I realized that this table is not for short players. The sides of the table looks wider than normal Gold Crown or Diamond tables, thus for shorter player, they will have to reach more to hit a ball that is in the middle of the table.
Besides the table, the production of the show was annoying. Let's say two player's are playing a match on the first set, and the score is 3 to 3 and the match is a race to 5. At the next commercial, they jump directly to the second set. What happened to the rest of the game in the first match?
Worse, the production of this show would show "The Super Shot of the Match" and the shot they show was not in any of the match they showed to the home viewers.
Imagine what home audiences would say if they were watching a MLB or NFL game and they cut off almost half of the plays to fit it into a one hour time slot. People would be outraged.
Isn't the point of sponsors who sponsor pool tournament is to get exposure mainly on television? Yeah audiences can go to the arena and watch it live, but you can probably only get 100 people or so in the Mohegan Sun venue, but sponsors get more exposure on television.
To make things worse I've almost had it with the pool announcer Mitch Laurence. He sounds like he knows little about pool even though he has been announcing for many many years. There is a forum on this topic on azbilliards. I guess if Mitch is doing it for little or not money, then I should not be complaining.
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