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ESPN Announces GenPool Air Date
Jun 20, 2008, 6:28 PM

Pan's victory in Charlotte was her first since March 2007.
The Billiard Congress of America announced that ESPN will air the semi-final and final rounds of the 2008 GenerationPool.com 9-Ball Championships on July 19, 2008. The event was held June 8-12, 2008, in Charlotte, North Carolina. The tournament’s semifinal and final matches took place June 11-12 in the Grand Ballroom at the Charlotte Convention Center. Broadcast support is exceptional, with six hours of first-run programming secured for airing by ESPN.

The first-run lineup is as follows (all times EST):

Men’s Semifinal (Archer vs. Wiseman): noon – 1 p.m.
Men’s Semifinal (Putnam vs. Jones): 1 – 2 p.m.
Men’s Final (Wiseman vs. Jones): 2 – 3 p.m.
Women’s Semifinal (Kostanian vs. Pan): 3 – 4 p.m.
Women’s Semifinal (Ouschan vs. Kim): 4 – 5 p.m.
Women’s Final (Pan vs. Kim): 5 – 6 p.m.

ESPN is committing more time to showing the GenerationPool.com 9-Ball Championships on ESPN and ESPN2 in 2008. ESPN is adding two additional hours of programming, meaning the event will air for a minimum of six hours. These additional hours of airtime will add more than 30 percent of first-run coverage shown on television.

“ESPN is pleased to cover three hours from both the men’s and women’s GenerationPool.com 9-Ball Championship events in 2008,” said Nick Dawson, associate program manager for ESPN. “The event is one of the marquee billiard events in the world each year and the added hours will allow viewers the opportunity to enjoy both the semifinals and the championship from each division, along with additional tournament competition.”