gallantrabbit wrote:If this isn't sorted out the I can see the end of the PTCs in Britain. You can't keep taking them to a venue like Sheffield where no-one wants to play and you have to have some space for a gallery.
Shame there hasn't been a bit more sit down time here as the place was the best option by a mile.
However to just start saying that BH should never have been control is poppycock.
Its not 'poppycock' at all. Im not saying that Hearn hasnt done some good - he has, more events for starters, but its all gone way OTT. For example, Hearn said that he wanted to open snooker up to the masses, give everyone a go, loads of events, Q School bla bla bla , but when you look at it and analyse whats ACTUALLY going on you begin to see the big picture.
Take the PTC's £10K to the winner. All the players but one will NOT be the winner. You need to attend these events as we all know or you lose ranking points. OK for the elete few that actually can afford to blow £100's in the UK and £1000's abroad on travel / hotels etc but whatt about the people that Hearn claimed he was opening it up to? They cant afford it can they, so just like Sam Cragie and many new Pro's like him they drop off the tour. Not because they are not good enough but because they cant afford it!!
So, ironically you create a closed shop where the T32 / T16 are now safer than they ever were, secure in the knowledge that very few people can afford to challenge them!
As for Q School - thats just about getting Daddy to buy Tarquin a £1K ticket to maybe have a few frames of snooker with Steve Davis (other players are available), just like the WPBSA coaching scheme is a scam designed to line the pockets of Steve Davis, Terry Griffths and Barry Hearn. What was it Davis said during one his many rants on one such course, ah yes,,' quality doesnt matter, we just want as many coaches as possible'
So, its all designed to raise cash. The grass roots game is being totally starved. Just ask NGB's like the EASB who are on their knees now World Snooker has removed Tour places from them. Hearn could not give a sh1t about anyone or anything but how much cash he can extract out of the game and its that simple. Ferguson and the rest of them are just 'YES' men and nothing more.
Thats the truth and reality here and its about time it was discussed and people stopped talking about Hearn like he is some kind of saviour. Lottery winner yes, saviour, no blerdy way!