AC or LT? wrote:Too many distractions for the younger guys. In the 80s spending 8-10 hours in a snooker hall would have been appealing to young professionals nowadays snake hissing about on twitter and splashing their little winnings on stupid flash items is more appealing, not to mention whereas years ago there'd be 2-3 months between events which left a good amount of time to balance families and snooker nowadays there's barely enough time between tournaments to squeeze in families. It's going to take someone beyond obsessed with the game and willing to shun modern distractions to become a new snooker superstar in this era, and it's unlikely that will happen in the next few years. If it does, we're sorted though. Also, young players need substantial financial backing these days to compete and lose, never mind win, not all of them have it.
Those distractions are there for any young sportsperson.
Though, I guess some sports are seen as more glamorous. Loads of kids still want to be footballers. Many may be doing it for the correct reasons, but I'm sure a lot aren't. It's not just for the money, but also because we're in a celebrity obsessed culture and they see these footballers with their chavvy wags who would do anything for them just to be seen on the arm of a famous sports star, and they think; "I'll have some of that."
I guess snooker doesn't have the same glamour. It's all hard work, and trying to get through qualifying. Unless you're not continually getting to the semis, finals or winning tournaments, the success may be less obvious to the mainstream.