Seoul, Korea- Carom billiards and pocket billiards became the hot topic on Korea search engines Yahoo, Google, Naver, and Daum during the XTM Billiards Week. The Dragon Promotions events sparked several billiard related topics including hot searches for Jeanette Lee, Yu Ram Cha, Semih Sayginer and Shanelle Loraine. Multiple media outlets in newspapers,magazines,and Internet sites focused on the Showdown in Seoul, Korea vs Europe, and Korea vs World Women's 3-Cushion events.
Combining World Champion Semih Sayginer with Pop Artist Celebrity Nancy Lang made for a hot media topic in Korea
South Korea is the world's number one and largest Internet user. Korea leads over USA, Japan, and China in Internet capabilities and access as well. In 2008, a record 34,820,000 people out of Korea's 49 million used the Internet on a daily basis. That's a staggering 70% of the population.
"Having great TV ratings is important, but actually the amount of media and press attention an event gets is equally as important for us. The two factors actually have a direct impact on each other. So being number one ranked on the Internet is really huge for us." explains Cindy Lee, CEO of Dragon Promotions.
Why is this significant?
"South Korea is the future. Korea has become the world's best laboratory for broadband services - and a place to look to for answers on how the Internet business may evolve....Korea's Cyworld, for example, is a social network owned by a subsidiary of SK Telecom, the country's largest wireless provider...it looks like a mixture of some of the hottest US properties: it's MySpace meets Flickr and Blogger and AIM and Second Life. Cyworld has penetration rates that would make Rupert Murdoch, CEO of MySpace parent News Corp. (Research), green with envy: An astonishing 90 percent of South Koreans in their 20s use the service. "- Tim O'Reilly , founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, Inc., thought by many to be the best computer book publisher in the world. A popular internet video montage clip of the XTM Billiard events can be viewed at http://tvpot.daum.net/clip/ClipView.do?clipid=11657318&lu;=v_auto_theme2 Yahoo Korea pictures of the event at http://kr.sports.yahoo.com/funzone/v2/cms/funzone/funzoneview.php?c=HOME&u;=12276181512781&p2;=52&t;=
"I believe in what Dragon Promotions is doing with billiards. I can see the light at the end. Younger and younger people are getting more and more interested in billiards. I enjoy coming here and helping them create a new audience and generation of billiard fans." said Semih Sayginer.
Korean celebrity beauties Yu Ram Cha and Nancy Lang gave 3-cushion a fresh appeal
Dragon Promotions is one of the leading producers of billiard programming in the world today. Dragon produces over 40 events a year airing on networks in USA, Korea, India, and Europe such as ESPN, MBC ESPN, XTM, XPORTS, and Euro Sport. Events include The World 14.1 Championship, The Predator International 10-Ball Championship, King & Queen of Carom, Empress Cup, Pro Pool Schools, Women's Trickshot Challenge, World Junior 10-Ball Championships, Korea vs USA, and many more. Dragon also manages some of the world's best players including Raj Hundal, Shanelle Loraine, Rodney Morris, Charlie Williams, Jeanette Lee, Mika Immonen, Mike Davis, Yu Ram Cha and many more.