What I will say is, though we may realise snooker can be enjoyable and fun whether Ronnie is playing or not, a hell of a lot of casual fans don't. I've used this annecdote before, but I watched Shaun Murphy vs Patrick Wallace in the first round of the UK at Telford. Okay, not the biggest match in the world, you knew who was going to win. But, it was on against Ronnie vs Stuart Bingham. At the time, nobody was predicting a Bingham win either, but it didn't stop the Ronnie match all but selling out. The Shaun Murphy match at one point had literally me and four other people watching it. No exaggeration.
He may not be bigger then the sport, and he certainly doesn't need to be there for quality matches to happen, but he does bring in a massive amount of fans. If he left the sport, so would a hell of a lot of fans.
What we need to do is promote the sport, and I've been saying it for yonks. Make sure the casual fans realise there is more to the sport then Ronnie. Ronnie's popularity is a good tool to use whilst we have it, but we can't rely on it. It doesn't help that the BBC commentary and analysis team practically cream themselves every time Ronnie plays. We need people to realise what we all know, that snooker itself can be highly entertaining. Not just one individual in it.