"This is a great example [Higgins accusing Hearn of ruining UK Champs] of why snooker players should play snooker and leave commercial decisions to people qualified to make them”
“For the UK Championship they [the BBC] wanted a result in every session and best of 11 was actually stretching it as far as we could."
“It sounds to me like John Higgins is completely removed from reality. He’s a great player and is entitled to his opinion but we’re a commercial sport. If he and others want bigger prize funds then they have to live in the real world."
“We will leave the World Championship virtually untouched because it’s proved itself”
“What people don’t seem to understand is that we have a proper commercial plan”
“Peter Ebdon got it right two years ago. He told the EGM they were giving me control of the game forever. Correct, and I know the way to go. I know exactly what I’m doing because I’ve done it in darts and elsewhere."
“The European PTCs have been a great springboard to showcase the game in Europe and explore the market there. Those events will grow but we need the players to support them.”
“Eventually everyone will play in the first round [in every tournament]. The sport hasn’t been vibrant enough, there have been too few new faces coming through. It’s been a closed shop largely and there have been too many obstacles."
“It was run like a boys’ club. In five years time the sport will look completely different. There will be a tournament every week, just like golf, just like tennis.”
“It seems to me a lot of top players would rather be at home in bed than go out to work like the rest of us."
“The players job is to keep their mouths shut and play snooker. Mine is to provide them with the opportunities to do that, which I am doing."
“Some of them seem to want everything now. Well, that won’t happen but at the end of five years the sport will have been transformed. The prizes will be there for those who want them and are prepared to work for them. Some players seem to think I should just send them a cheque every month."
“I don’t mind people losing money playing if that’s their chosen path, if that’s what they want to do with their lives, but it’s my responsibility to give them the chances and reward them if they are successful."
VERY INTERESTING INTERVIEW.
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