cupotee wrote:I don’t really buy into the view that he’s done much for the game , other than keeping his blue eyed boy o sullivan’s pockets lined with never ending tournaments is the state of the game any healthier or more accessible to the public than when he took over , and wasn’t his takeover something of a putsch money grab anyway instigated by the top players trying to get their own way , and the q school is only an unrealistic extension of the pro tour they should have just stuck with the pios system .
Mr Cupotee, I think this is possibly the most innaccurate comment I've ever seen on Snookerisland, and you have a lot of strong competition.
Barry took over in 2010. At the time, snooker was at its lowest ebb for 40 years, with just six ranking events on the calendar and total prize money of £3.5 million.
Over the decade that followed, Hearn led a global revolution of the sport. The number of tournaments grew to over 25, with total prize money increasing to £15 million. Events have been staged in over 20 countries worldwide, while snooker’s global television audience has grown to a massive 500 million fans. The professional tour now has 128 players from 21 different countries and regions.
So - 19+ more tournaments, many more viewers, huge increase in prize money.
What were you saying again?