This has probably been discussed here before, but why can't the Professional Bowling Association take over and run professional pool, too? The two sports <activities?> are compatible and tournaments could be run simultaneously. The audience demographics is probably similiar. Professional bowling seems to have its act together, unlike pool.
They have a television contract with ESPN and prize money, while not on a level with golf or tennis, is decent. Looks like they're paying $40K for 1st and $20K for 2nd in most regular stop PBA tournaments I've watched. Not a bad part-time gig, if you can finish in the money a few times.
I bet the PBA even has a commissioner.
The PBA has been a disaster for the last ten years, available for purchase for a pittance. I think the last sale of the entire PBA franchise was for the grand sum of $50,000. It's only gotten its act together during the past two years under a new owner (a single person, not something fancy like stockholders and a commissioner). Despite its recent small success, pro bowling is the last sport pool should want to emulate or be involved with.
Well...$40K a pop sure beats what they're playing for now, don't it...?
Acutally, the PBA was bought out by a couple of former Microsoft executives for 5 million. They doubled the prize fund and made some other marketing decisions that helped fuel the turn around. The biggest in getting ESPN to run their <email> every sunday. If only pool could find somebody with a bunch of cash and business savy to do the same