Ayrshirebhoy wrote:@roy, you speak sense and most cases you'd be right but as someone else mention, with Steve you get a large fan base which in the end will = more £££ for everyone. Maybe not a wildcard then, make him an ambassador for snooker and he gets in every year. It's seems cynical but it's all about the money and Barry's still trying to build up snooker. Can it afford to have Hendry, white, Davis and possibly any day ronnie not involved?
You make a rule that says 'every former World Champion gets to play the World Championship' - like Masters golf - I see no problem - I'd like to see the field widened out a little anyway, I'd throw in any players who've qualified for the forthcoming season by the start of World Championship qualifying too
But although I see the money issue, I think by clinging on to past players, you reduce opportunities for building up new stars and having them attract money into the sport.
Interesting question for instance, is Hearn talking about Davis reducing column inches that could be talking about players who qualified for the Crucible on a re-spotted black? For now I bet the latter is reduced, but that Davis attracts more newspaper space in total as of now - but the sport suffers by not highlighting the players of the future.