LIVE on the UK’s only dedicated free-to-air sports channel Freesports.
Three days of coverage from the 8th - 10th February will culminate in
the Open and Ladies Finals showcased LIVE in up to 18 million homes. This
unprecedented LIVE coverage is a major development for the IPA, the
Professional players, and pool in general and will allow millions of
people to enjoy the World’s best players in action as Craig Marsh (Wales) and
Collette Henriksen (Northern Ireland) look to defend their respective titles.
And in addition to this, we can also announce a brand new event to the
IPA calendar - the IPA Freesports Champions Cup. This weekly event will
be televised LIVE for 21 consecutive weeks, and will feature all the IPA
Professionals doing battle over a series of group stages. The 16 group
winners will then feature in the knockout rounds until we discover our
new Champion. All matches in the Champions cup will be televised LIVE.
FreeSports is the UK’s newest sports channel and the only dedicated
free-to-air sports network. It currently operates on Freeview (95), Sky
(424), TalkTalk and BT Vision (95). The channel carries a wide range of
sports including Rugby, Ice Hockey, Football, Motorsport, Cricket,
basketball and MMA.
IPA Chairman Kevin Barton said “We are delighted to be able to showcase
the talents of the IPA players to a whole new audience through our
partnership with Freesports for the biggest event of the pool year - the
IPA World Championships. The new Freesports Cup will also deliver
regular LIVE coverage to sports fan across the UK and beyond in what is a
ground-breaking event, and demonstrates that the IPA continues to be
the driving force of blackball pool. More people than ever before will
now be able to watch with amazement as the skills of the IPA
Professionals are showcased live and free and there is no doubt they are
in for absolute treat”.
Richard Webb, Channel Manager at FreeSports commented, “This is great
news to be able to announce over 23 hours of live coverage from Bradford
of the World Championships. We are also delighted to be partnering with
IPA to bring live pool to UK homes every Monday night as we find
Britain’s best 8 ball player over the course of 21 weeks.”
For more information on FreeSports visit www.freesports.tv