BCA to Drastically Cut Spending
The Billiard Congress of America (BCA) announced that it plans to dramatically reduce its spending and focus solely on promoting its International Billiard and Home Recreation Expo, according to executive director Rob Johnson and president Sean Cummings.
The 2008 trade show in Charlotte, NC, was the organization’s smallest ever, and though the BCA expects to make a profit on it, they will cut back to only one hall in the Sands Convention Center for the 2009 expo. The expo, which is practically the sole source of income for the BCA, is scheduled to remain in Las Vegas for the next few years.
To further cut expenditures, the organization will no longer produce its annual 9-ball championships, and new Hall of Fame members will not be afforded an induction ceremony. Additionally, the BCA will no longer provide monetary support to the National Wheelchair Poolplayers Association (NWPA) or the Association of College Unions International (ACUI). The BCA will remain as the North American liaison for the World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA) but will not supply players with funds to play in WPA events as they have in the past.
These cuts, says Johnson, will save the BCA approximately $300,000 per year. The organization is projecting a net operating loss of approximately $800,000 for its 2007-2008 fiscal year and a projected loss of $200,000 for 2008-2009.
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