Hearn: Snooker's Got Talent!18th April 2011
World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn made several announcements at the Crucible this morning...including plans for a new version of Snooker Loopy!
In a press conference, Hearn announced:
Prize money for the 2011/12 season will total over £6m
The Premier League and Championship League will be sanctioned and included in the World Snooker calendar
A new format for the Premier League gives all players the chance to qualify, as it will include the defending champion, the winner of Championship League, and the winners of major events. The ten players for the 2011 Premier League will be:
Ronnie O'Sullivan (defending champion)
Matthew Stevens (Championship League winner)
Ali Carter (Roewe Shanghai Masters)
Neil Robertson (12BET.com World Open)
John Higgins (12BET.com UK Championship)
Ding Junhui (Ladbrokes Mobile Masters)
Mark Williams (German Masters)
Shaun Murphy (PartyCasino.com PTC Grand Finals)
Judd Trump (Bank of Beijing China Open)
Plus the winner of the Betfred.com World Championship, if not already qualified, otherwise Wyldecrest Park Homes World Seniors Champion Jimmy White.
Matches will be four frames with a 20 second shot clock.
Sky have agreed to show the Shoot-Out for the next three years.
The World Cup in Bangkok will have teams of two. The cut-off point for selection for the top teams will be the end of the Betfred.com World Championship. So English, Scottish and Welsh players are all aiming to win a place in the World Cup team by doing well at the Crucible. The World Cup will be a bi-annual event, and other countires have already shown an interest in staging it.
A new version of the song Snooker Loopy is planned for release in the Autumn. We're looking for eight young players to take part. Hearn said: "You've seen Britain's Got Talent, this will be Snooker's Got Talent!"
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