Talking of the Home Nations, Ali Carter posted this the other day on Twitter.
Ali Carter @TheCaptain147
I reckon there should be a new snooker tournament called the Milton Keynes masters! #youhearditherefirst
I don't usually pay much attention to Ali Carter, but this did get me wondering. Why are they still calling it the Northern Ireland Open this year? And they're doing the same with the Scottish Open too, aren't they?
I know it's a non-issue, but they could keep the format identical, but change the names to the Milton Keynes Open or The Milton Keynes Classic. Or just anything really. Rather than have the rather silly situation with a tournament being named after a place that it isn't being played in.
Maybe it's sponsorship reasons? If a company is contracted to sponsor the Home Nations for X amount of years, and then you don't hold it properly one year, would they get out of putting sponsorhip up due to a loophole that the tournament they signed to sponsor technically doesn't exist. (Even if the only reason for not holding it is a temporary name change.) Or maybe they already have a lot of branding/signs done for each tournament, and it's not worth changing the name.
They're not even doing the million prize money this year, so it can't be for reasons of keeping that.