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ESPN announces airdates for the 2008 9-Ball Championships 

The Billiard Congress of America (BCA) announced that ESPN will air a total of six hours of the 2008 9-Ball Championships.  The tournament will be televised with ESPN on July 19, 2008 from 12 - 6 p.m. Eastern time.  ESPN has dedicated an entire afternoon to the tournament. 

“ESPN is pleased to cover three hours from both the men’s and women’s 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 semi-finals and the championship from each division, along with additional tournament competition.”

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Time Match
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. EDT Men's Semi-Final 1: Johnny Archer vs. Ronnie Wiseman
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EDT Men's Semi-Final 2: Shawn Putnam vs. Jeremy Jones
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT Men's Final: Ronnie Wiseman vs. Jeremy Jones
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT Women's Semi-Final 1: Anna Kostanian vs. Xiaoting Pan
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EDT Women's Semi-Final 2: Jasmine Ouschan vs. Ga Young Kim
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. EDT Women's Final: Xiaoting Pan vs. Ga Young Kim


Jeremy Jones and Xiao-Ting Pan New 2008 9-Ball Champions! 

Jeremy Jones took the stage with Ronnie Wiseman on Thursday night in the men's final and Xiao-Ting Pan took on Ga-Young Kim in the women's finals of the 2008 9-Ball championships.

The 9-Ball Championships attract the top men and women professional billiard athletes from around the world, competing for top prize money. The tournament, previously called the 9-Ball Championships, has been enhanced for 2008, specifically the name of the event has been changed to the " 9-Ball Championships."  

For the first time, the 2008 9-Ball Championships was held in conjunction with the International Billiard & Home Recreation Expo, June 12-14, in Charlotte, North Carolina. The tournament's semi-finals and finals events took place June 11-12 in the Grand Ballroom at the Charlotte Convention Center.

The 2008 event featured both a men’s and women’s division. Both divisions started with 32 players on Monday. The semi-finals took place the evening of Wednesday, June 11, and Thursday, June 12, consisted of the men’s and women’s finals.

In an effort to keep the linearity of the Women's Professional Billiards Association (WPBA) tour, the women's event began with 64 players June 6-7 at Smokin' Cue, which was located at 10901 University City Blvd. in Charlotte. Once narrowed to 32 players, the event moved to the Charlotte Convention Center. The field for the men's division consisted of the top 32 players from the U.S. Professional Poolplayers Association (UPA) rankings.

ESPN is committing more time to showing the 9-Ball Championships on ESPN and ESPN2 in 2008. After speaking with ESPN about the innovative changes developed for the tournament, they were thrilled to add two additional hours of programming for the event, 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.

2008 9-Ball Championship

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