Heres a last minute heads-up regarding some top-level professional 9-ball you might like to watch or DVD-record this weekend for watching at a later time. One of the events pool cue manufacturing sponsors (OB low-deflection laminated shafts) announced this scheduling info on AZBilliards):
This Sunday, 12/09/12 the 2012 $25,000 winner-take-all International Challenge of Champions will be broadcast for the first time in HD on ESPN2. The venue, as always, (for the last 15 years) is the Mohegan Sun *** in Uncasville, Connecticut . The huge pressure of the winner-take-all format of this annual event often leads to some atypical misjudgments and misses on the part of pros, as well as some amazing shots, safeties, and position play to navigate each rack with the cameras on and potentially millions of ESPN viewers watching the taped eventual telecast.
-- First hour: At 2pm EST on ESPN2 (but cross-check for agreement with the local listing for the most accurate projected starting time here), the first Semi-Final will be shown between Shane Van Boening of the USA versus Jung Lin Chang of Taiwan.
-- Then at 3pm EST on ESPN2, the second Semi-Final (one hour) will be shown between Darren Appleton of the UK versus Dennis Orcollo of the Philippines.
-- Finally, at 4pm EST on ESPN2, the Final hour will be shown, where a champion will be crowned and will win the $25,000 winner-take-all check.
So, 3 consecutive hours of pro 9-ball if you care to either watch or record it on Sunday (if all goes as scheduled) -- as we know, with any of the ESPN channels, pool events are all too commonly and disappointingly replaced with dart throwing or some such, at the last minute. Likely all will go smoothly and as indicated above.