Friday, January 11, 2008

Is the Smoking Ban Killing Snooker Clubs?

Down where I live in Dorset we have limited access to decent quality snooker clubs and facilities - recently four snooker or pool clubs have been made available for sale.

The reasons behind these sales may be due to a number of factors, however, one club in question Dorchester Snooker Club has been forced to close due to a downturn in business. This downturn, according to the owner, has been due in part to the smoking ban.

Dorchester Snooker Club occupies the top floor of a building near to Dorchester railway station. The club being on the top floor is what has initiated the problem. Smokers (and many pool and snooker players do smoke) have to go downstairs in order to smoke outside. In the summer months this is not such a factor but snooker is mainly a winter activity. With the weather we have been having and the fact that clubs charge by the hour for the table lights has meant smokers stay away.

Now I for one hate smoking and the ban actually pleases me insomuch that I no longer smell of stale smoke when I return from a night out. However, if it is killing what is part of our national heritage then surely a compromise has to be reached. Perhaps grants should be made available to support clubs in creating "smoking areas" either on a balcony or outside.

There is no surefire answer - all that I know is that the game I love is taking a downturn over the smoking ban.

Any Answers?

Thursday, January 10, 2008

£1000 per man 8-Ball Challenge Now on Cuesport TV

The £1000 per man US 8-ball Pool Challenge between Gareth 'Darkside' Esprit and Lee Rigby is now showing in the schedule and on demand on Internet TV station Cuesport TV.

If none of you have visited Cuesport TV and you are looking for your next hit of pool, snooker or billiards televised action then this website is going to become the place to visit on the Internet.

Not only will you get quality one-off matches but Cuesport TV have just recently struck a deal with GB9 (the UK's new professional 9-ball tour) to become the tours official streaming media partner. Cuesport TV will have cameras at every one of the GB9 events this season starting with the Midlands Open on Feb 1st-3rd.

To get full access to the site over the coming months make sure you register.