> >Earl Strickland, Efren Reyes and C.J.Whiley, along with "64 of the
> >world's greatest pool players..." are listed to star in the
> >Hollywood Park ***'s $1,000,000 9-Ball Challenge on May 24-28,
> >1996. The presenter is listed as "The Professional Cuesports
> >Is this organization the result of that recent squabble within the
> >PBT? Is this the "new" PBT?
> This new organization is indeed the result of the recent squabble
> within the PBT. This new tour was started by C.J. Wiley, George
> Michaels and a host of other players. As per my recent conversation
> with Diane Mackey, Efren Reyes is not involved with this new
> organization nor will he play at Hollywood Park. The PBT holds his
> "rights" as of this date. According to Tony Annigoni, PBT players are
> "discouraged" to play at the Hollywood Park event and if Don Mackey
> finds out that one of "his" players did play, he'll do everything
> within his power to bar them from the PBT. I say let players play where
> and when they want. When Don Mackey starts paying players what they're
> worth, then MAYBE he won't lose them to other organizations.
> Rudy Navarro
I am not sure about the men's organizations, but with the WPBA, one must
sign an annual contract prior to playing in an event in which you agree
to abide by all the rules and regs of the organization. This includes
playing only in events approved by the WPBA.
In December, after my finish in the final tournament of 1995, the WPBA
Nationals, I asked for my prize check and was informed that I could not
receive it until I had signed a new player contract for 1996. What the
prize money for a 1995 event had to do with future 1996 events eludes
me, but in the end and after much protest, needing the money, I signed
my rights away for another year and got paid.
Perhaps the men are caught in similar bureaucratic red tape. If one
wishes to play with the pros, one has to accept the restraints the pro
organization (only one in the case of women) chooses to assess.
This is not, incidently, a criticism of the WPBA. I suspect most
organizations impose rules and regs for the welfare and benefit of all.