Billiard Club Television names Diamond as Title Sponsor

Agreement Guarantees TV Broadcasting of Pool for 78 Weeks

Billiard Club Network is proud to name Diamond Vending & Promotions, the maker of the Diamond Smart Table, as the title sponsor of BILLIARD CLUB television. The agreement guarantees cable TV and satellite broadcasting of championship pool for a 78-week schedule through the end of 2004.

"We're making the commitment to guarantee that pool is on TV every week and we're hopeful that the industry will recognize the importance of this effort and make their own commitment to support the programming." said Greg Sullivan, Diamond president. "Pool players and billiard fans now have a TV schedule they can rely on to see top players competing in the biggest events."

BCn will broadcast tournament match programming from selected Diamond sponsored events in its new cable and satellite TV series scheduled to begin July 3rd on Empire Sports Network in New York and July 11th on Sunshine Network in Florida. In association with Accu-Stats Video Productions, BCtv's broadcast debut features the U.S. Open 9-Ball Championship, which can also be seen nationwide on Dish Network and DirecTV.

"This is a turning point for men's professional pool," said Rob Sykora, BCn president. "With Diamond's support, we've completed the foundation for the broadcasting of major professional events on cable and satellite, which is absolutely essential for pro pool to gain national exposure and corporate sponsor participation."

Accu-Stats will play a key role in the future of the broadcast production by lending its 20 years of experience producing tournament match videos. "We've produced over 700 tournament matches and we look forward to featuring our efforts on broadcast TV," said Pat Fleming president Accu-Stats. "We're also very convinced that this broadcast series will take pro pool to the next level."

Headquartered in New Albany, Indiana, Diamond is the leading table provider for professional and amateur pool events. Diamond sponsors a growing number of pro events, including the U.S. Open 9-Ball Championship, LA Open 9-Ball Championship, Glass City Open, Trump Marina 10-Ball Open, and Derby City Classic, and numerous amateur and special events, including the national championships of the American Poolplayers Association.

BCn is a national network of billiard establishments broadcasting Billiard Club television as their in-house video entertainment. BCtv features match footage, instructional segments, and other entertainment including video footage from Affiliates Clubs in the network. BCtv is a production of BCn in association with Accu-Stats Video Productions and sponsored in part by: APA, Aramith, Billiards Digest, Simonis Cloth, Sardo Rack and a network of affiliate clubs.

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