There are a maximum of 960 frames possible in this event and all it produces at the end of it is just 1 player going forward to the Premier League for the 2011-12 season. The Premier League itself is not a particularly important event, so what does that make this qualifying tournament, just to get in it? It has no ranking points and it is played in front of nobody. Okay, it has some useful pocket money for players and some practice for real tournaments, but the event in itself is quite meaningless.
The fact that the winner of The Premier League this year, Ronnie O'Sullivan is playing, makes no sense, as he has automatically qualified for next year. I assume O'Sullivan is only playing anyway because it is played in his home county of Essex. Players like John Higgins, Neil Robertson, and Shaun Murphy will get invites to next season's Premier league so it matters not a jot if any of them win the event or not.
It is a lot of snooker for nothing in my opinion. 960 frames possible to get a winner of a very, very, mediocre event. The maximum number of frames possible at The Crucible this next year will be 705. This shows how disproportionate the amount of frames in The Championship League is.
If snooker is to have a Championship League let's have it having more meaning, like it has in Rugby Union or Cricket. Let's have ranking points and matches played in front of crowds at real venues. At present, it is 16 days of wastefulness.
Never has the term 'quality is better than quantity' been more appropriate.
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