National Snooker Championship To Be Streamed Live
filed on Friday, May 18, 2012. 7:06am PT/USA
History is to be made this year as the United States Snooker Association (USSA) will be contracting the services of Point Of View Pool Media (POV Pool) to live stream over the internet for the first time action from the United States National Snooker Championship.
The Championship is to be played at the Embassy Billiards Club in San Gabriel, California, from May 25-27, and the live stream will be available on the POV Pool Media
website for free by all on May 26 & 27 from 12:00pm PDT / 3:00pm EDT in the United States (7:00pm GMT), and is expected to feature action from the round of 16 onwards.
The Championship has attracted entries from all over the United States which will include the three-time successive champion Ahmed Aly Elsayed from New York who will be there to defend his title, in addition to Chicago's five-time champion Tom Kollins, and California's former champions Ajeya Prabhakar, Jack Kung and Paul Kimura.
Winner's on the 2011-12 USSA Tour who will also prove to be serious title contenders are New York's Raymond Fung and Arizona's Romil Azemat, who are both former Championship runners-up, plus California's Sargon Isaac and Joe Girdpool from Las Vegas who will both be taking part in their first Championship.
To further promote the sport of snooker in the United States the USSA hopes to attract both national and international viewers through the service of the POV Pool Media 'Live Stream' of the final two days of the Championship.
Alan Morris the Executive Director of the USSA is delighted to be working with POV Pool Media, and he said: "This is truly a huge step forward for snooker in the United States as we invite all snooker fans in the nation and around the world to watch our National Championship live for the first time, which we hope will raise more awareness about the sport in the United States.
"I would like to thank both Daniel Busch, the owner of POV Pool Media, and the Embassy Billiards Club for all their time and cooperation in making all this possible."
In an additional effort put forth to cover the Championship, Daniel Busch has made a commitment to arrive on the first day's play in order to create a 'live feed' of information which can be accessed on the SnookerUSA.com website and the POV Pool Facebook pages.
When asked about the details of the 'live feed', POV Pool's Daniel Busch stated: "By creating video brackets and by taking short interviews with players, which I will upload to my YouTube Channel in 'real time', I intend to keep the viewers and fans informed of as many statistics that I can gather so that on Day 2 of the event when the knockout rounds begin, viewers will already know who is left and will hopefully have a sense of who the players are.
"I invite anyone interested in this event to 'Like' the USSA's Facebook page or make a friend request on Facebook to Daniel Busch in order to gain access to this live feed of information."
In regard to streaming the event, Busch also commented: "I am honored to be a part of this venture and to have the opportunity to promote snooker in the United States. I have been a long-time 'American' pool-player here, but the truth is, I am British born and cannot neglect my roots. Snooker is a sport which deserves more recognition in the USA."
Busch added: "The Embassy Billiard Club owners Paul and Benny Yiu are also to be congratulated for going to great lengths to prepare for this event. Not only have they insured that all twelve of their exquisite, full-size Riley snooker tables are newly recovered and tuned, they have also gone a step further to upgrade the internet bandwidth to insure an uninterrupted stream and higher quality picture.
"I would particularly like to thank Benny, an exceptional man who has paid great attention to this endeavor."
Sponsors of the event include Tweeten Fibre Inc., manufacturers of some of the best known cue tips and chalk brands in snooker, and Saluc, manufacturer of Aramith Tournament Champion Snooker Balls, who have been a long-term supporter of snooker in the United States.
The winner and runner-up from the Championship will gain automatic selection to represent the United States in this year's IBSF World Snooker Championship, which is to be held in Sharm El Sheik, Egypt, from November 4-16.