SnookerFan wrote: Wild WC wrote:
They are a bit dim to say the least
yes the Article was twisted some ways however he must have said
Judd wrote: "If you hit the table after missing a ball, you get fined. If you swear, you get fined. You can't even tweet what you're thinking without getting fined. Players can't show their personality and therefore fans can't relate to them.
"I don't feel people are that interested in snooker any more and the only thing that will get snooker back into the limelight is more controversy."
as if in years gone by the controversy was contrived or arranged.
Believe me the snooker authorities in the 80s did not want a official to get head butted.
by it Nature Controversy is something that shouldn't be done so by trying to arrange controversy its not controversial.
more often than not in any walk of life Controversy = consequences
I agree. Alex Higgins wasn't doing that stuff to get headlines, that was his personality. Yes when he did it, it got publicity and thus attention for the sport. But that was just him being him. Some hated him for it, many loved him for it. But it wasn't set up.
As you say, the last thing this sport needs is to try to engineer controversy. Controversy stops being controversial if it happens every week. The sport may need characters, but you're not a character if you are copying Alex Higgins. You are just an imitator.
There's more to being a character than headbutting officials and snake hissing in plant pots.
IMO this kind of comment could only come from a person from the "reality TV" generation.
Judd really taking a cheap shot at the sport and disrespecting his own ability at the same time. What on earth makes him think he could've been a professional at any other sport? Did he have boatloads of physical talent indicative of opportunity elsewhere?
I find it incredibly amusing that some players and fans keep wanting to compare the money in snooker to that in other sports.
Snooker has very little in the way of sponsorship opportunities and money generation compared to other sports and it's not because the game isn't entertaining.
Let's start with something simple like venue revenue.
Soccer, football, baseball, basketball, golf, etc. etc. are all played at venues that hold many times more people than what can be held in a snooker venue. The revenue from the ticket sales of a snooker venue seating 5000 (on the very high side) is nothing compared to what's generated when you've got 50000 seats for sale.
This is by necessity, you couldn't throw a few tables in a stadium and host an event, 98% of the seats wouldn't be able to see anything.
Now let's look at sponsors....
Sponsor wise typically one looks to the sport equipment manufacturers, clothing, cars, jewellery, etc.....really any area that can be associated to the sport.
How many big name cue/table makers are there and what kind of money do those companies generate?
Golf, football, soccer, tennis, etc. all have huge sports companies with a large variety of products applicable to the sport. These companies make billions which translates to being willing to provide more sponsorship money.
For a clothing sponsor example let's look at it as it relates to golf. They have golf shoes, shirts, jackets, etc. many lines related to weather conditions.
Obviously snooker doesn't have weather conditions requiring special clothing design which is another sponsorship opportunity other sports have that snooker doesn't. Some kind of clothing sponsor for snooker might be possible but the way players today want to dress you'd have to look for a t-shirt manufacturer.
Certain sports are associated with class/money which brings in jewellers, high end car makers, etc. At one point snooker somewhat fell into that category with players dressing in nice clothes, bow tie, etc. Now the snooker players don't want to dress up and in fact want it as casual as possible. Bye, bye to the sponsors looking to associate themselves with a classy sport.
Even the basic equipment used by most sports far exceeds what's needed for snooker. If one wants to go for a game of snooker/pool all the required equipment is available at the hall, no need to buy it yourself. You can't go to a golf course and find a set of clubs free to use for all, the dress code clothes free of cost, the balls, tees,shoes, etc. etc. You've got to have money to start playing most pro sports but not snooker. If a sponsor knows the players/fans have spent/invested money to take up the sport they're a desirable target audience and any event they're attending is a good opportunity to showcase their product.
Let's look at golf equipment...
You've got golf balls, 100's of kinds, several major manufacturers with profits in the millions if not billions wanting to showcase their stuff. How many snooker ball makers are there and what are their profits like?....not even close.
Gadgets to use on the course. Golf has range finders (many designed by manufacturers who aren't only catering to golfers but also to other sports like huntiing), ball retrievers, club covers, score trackers, GPS systems, etc. What does snooker have? Gloves? Chalk?
Clubs....many many varieties and makers. All expensive, all good for a limited time only due to wear. Even the clubs themselves can be broken down into 3 parts, grips, shaft and head with at least the grip aspect requiring yearly re-gripping at an average of $10 per club. Snooker cues by contrast have few manufacturers, vast majority quite cheap and are usable for a lifetime if one takes care of it. Only tip replacement is required and that's a minute cost. Many pro snooker players will go their whole career using only a few cues. Golf pros change their clubs (or at least parts of them) every 10-20 rounds or so at a cost upwards of $1000 a pop. Golf technology is constantly improving providing another revenue generator for manufacturers, having the newest model of irons/driver/ball is a status symbol for many players regardless of skill level. Do we have yearly changes in technology cue wise? No, nothing new cue wise to improve on existing technology (beyond perhaps tip type), likely never will be.
The end result is that there will never be the same amount of money available to snooker that other professional sports have. Snooker can make changes to draw some of the potential sponsors but the prime money generators (venue and equipment maker sponsorship) are never going to be comperable.
Yeah we'd all love to make millions a year at our chosen vocation but snooker itself will always have limited/less sponsorship opportunities than other professional sports. The game, the equipment, it's players and it's venues makes it so.
You wouldn't expect to find the same money in professional skeet shooting as you would in professional golf but the pro skeet shooters and fans of the sport don't delude themselves into thinking they ever could. Why do snooker fans and some pros do it?