clash royale hack gunpixel.com mobilelegendstool.us robloxtool.com clashroyaletool.info mrcoinsfifa.com besthomescapes.com
HomeAbout Billiards DigestContact UsArchiveAll About PoolEquipmentOur AdvertisersLinks
From the Publisher
By Mike Panozzo
Mike became editor of Billiards Digest in 1980 and liked it so much that he bought the company. He has served on the Billiard Congress of America board of directors and as president of the Billiard & Bowling Institute of America.


Archives
• October 2020
• September 2020
• August 2020
• July 2020
• June 2020
• May 2020
• March 2020
• February 2020
• January 2020
• December 2019
• November 2019
• October 2019
• September 2019
• August 2019
• July 2019
• June 2019
• May 2019
• April 2019
• March 2019
• February 2019
• January 2019
• December 2018
• November 2018
• October 2018
• September 2018
• August 2018
• July 2018
• June 2018
• May 2018
• April 2018
• March 2018
• February 2018
• January 2018
• November 2017
• October 2017
• September 2017
• August 2017
• July 2017
• June 2017
• May 2017
• April 2017
• March 2017
• February 2017
• January 2017
• December 2016
• November 2016
• October 2016
• September 2016
• August 2016
• July 2016
• June 2016
• May 2016
• Apr 2016
• Mar 2016
• Feb 2016
• Jan 2016
• Dec 2015
• Nov 2015
• Oct 2015
• Sept 2015
• August 2015
• July 2015
• June 2015
• May 2015
• April 2015
• March 2015
• February 2015
• January 2015
• October 2014
• August 2014
• May 2014
• March 2014
• February 2014
• September 2013
• June 2013
• May 2013
• April 2013
• March 2013
• February 2013
• January 2013
• December 2012
• November 2012
• October 2012
• September 2012
• August 2012
• July 2012
• June 2012
• May 2012
• April 2012
• March 2012
• February 2012
• January 2012
• December 2011
• November 2011
• October 2011
• September 2011
• August 2011
• July 2011
• June 2011
• May 2011
• April 2011
• March 2011
• February 2011
• January 2011
• December 2010
• November 2010
• October 2010
• September 2010
• August 2010
• July 2010
• June 2010
• May 2010
• April 2010
• March 2010
• February 2010
• January 2010
• December 2009
• November 2009
• October 2009
• September 2009
• August 2009
• July 2009
• June 2009
• May 2009
• April 2009
• March 2009
• February 2009
• January 2009
• October 2008
• September 2008
• August 2008
• July 2008
• June 2008
• May 2008
• April 2008
• March 2008
• February 2008
• January 2008
 
April: Weathering the Storm
April 2020

I’ve got to believe that those that lived through World War II (particularly Europeans) are the only people alive that have endured anything as unsettling and unprecedented as what we are going through today. It is a world on pins and needles.

Closer to home, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted everyone in the billiard community, both personally and professionally. The chaos that enveloped the CueSports International Expo in Las Vegas (see pg. 34) was a microcosm of how the almost-hourly changes in information and reaction are affecting us.

As large metropolitan areas shutter businesses and control activity, and the government urges people to self-quarantine, a feeling of isolation sets in quickly. Confinement and uncertainty make a scary combination.

For the billiard world, cancelled tournaments, closed poolrooms and retail stores, and barely-operational manufacturing and distribution outlets are reasons for real concern. Very few businesses can withstand months, or even weeks, with no business and no revenue. The coming months will be excruciatingly painful for many businesses and many individuals. And recovery will likely be slow.

But what I have learned in nearly 40 years in this industry is that we are a resilient bunch. We’re resourceful. We’re survivors. We are constantly threatened by economic downturns and shifts in consumer habits. But we persevere and rebound. And, like every crisis we have encountered as an industry, we will get through this as well because we will work together to survive it.

That’s what families do. And we are family.

The best thing the billiard community can do right now is to find ways to support one another. Very few of the game’s top pros have day jobs. In the coming months, with tournaments non-existent, players will have a difficult time making ends meet. If you see players auctioning cues or jerseys, consider chipping in. And pros, consider video instruction. Give lessons and coach amateur players online. The fact that billiards has a home market means opportunity. With a little help, self-quarantining ought to make every player’s game a ball better!

Have a favorite billiard supply store and/or home poolroom? Purchase gift certificates. A simple gesture like that puts money in business owners’ pockets when little or no revenue is coming in and will give you a benefit later, when everything is back to normal.

And, I can’t believe I’m saying this, I am grateful for social media only in that it will keep us all in touch with one another as we work toward the day when we all start smacking balls around, buying cues and tables and cheering on our favorite pros again. A positive support system goes a long way.

In the meantime, you can count on Billiards Digest to keep you up to date on developments that impact the industry and the sport. Yes, we will keep churning out issues if we can. And we will post breaking new to social media. It is our responsibility to you. We take pride in our staff of dedicated journalists, professionals that will provide in-depth information and analysis of the challenges facing us today and will go well beyond shared social media snippets. We will continue to stay in touch with players, room owners, manufacturers and other industry leaders to sort through how the industry is coping and forging ahead.

Finally, thank you to all our subscribers and advertisers. We appreciate your support. You are the reason we are able to do what we love. We are in this together, and we will get through this together. Be smart. Be safe.

MORE VIDEO...