wildJONESEYE wrote:im not convinced by or trust Barry Hearn as far as i could throw him its that simple. never liked the guy and when he walked away from the sport and concentrated on other things i wasn't surprised.
my persanal opinion is he will bleed the sport dry living for now lining the pockets of the likes of Ronnie and Higgins but not looking to bring on young players the less pros the more cash he can make and more cash he can make the top stars earn showing he did what was expected of him.
in Darts the BDO Does the groundwork bringing on young players before the PDC takes them over. in snooker its different he has responsibility for every aspect of the sport what ive herd from him so far doesn't fill me with confident that he gives a stuff about them.
I'm going to give Hearn a chance, but I think he's very misguided in thinking that shorter formats will attract more people. Every year in my school, people who generally don't show all that much interest in snooker, become 'experts' and avid followers during......... the World & UK Championship. Coincidentally, the two longest tournaments of the year.
The Masters is the shortest major, some like to claim it's the second biggest tournament (ludicrously in my opinion), and yet it gets nowhere near as much attention in my school as the UK & Worlds.
It's great that Hearn has left the World Championship as it is, it's a perfect tournament, but the UK badly needed revamping. When we only have two longer frame tournaments, the UK should be bigged up a bit.
Best-of-19 UK final = disaster...... Best of 31 or 25
Four tables = disaster
Only nine days = disaster
Telford = disaster....... Guild Hall is the only option
Also..... the Premier League as a marquee event? Rubbish. I'd love to see a proper league, with the top 6 players in the world, a qualifier and a wild card. No shot clock. Matches best-of-8 (leaving room for a 4-4 draw), but ending once someone reaches 5.