gallantrabbit wrote:The fact of the matter is that it's a sight easier and cheaper to fork out for fees and travel than it is in sports like tennis and golf. At least we're talking Britain and a little in Europe. Don't criticise Hearn for this surely. He promised opportunities not guarantees. This kid Monique is mentioning is now getting opportunities. He's not a pro is he? But like ALL other amateurs he can enter the number of tourneys he can afford. That's life. I can play in the PTCs if I want. Mix it with the good players. These kids are getting an opportunity they never had before.
Become World or UK champ, then the guarantees might just start. Before that just build slowly and earn your chance.
Anyone would think that Hearn is sitting on a pile of gold ruthlessly deciding who to chuck a bone to and who not.
Remember that 2 years ago snooker was less than nowhere, and BH won't get every decision right, just about 95%.
How are we talking Britain and a little of Europe? In the previous 6 months we've had Australia, Thailand, China (twice for some) and Brazil. I've no idea how often you travel and flight gallantrabit, but I do often. I know how much it costs, even in economy without flexibility, and I have the possibility to plan ahead, to know my return date, to book early, things qualifiers (for major events) for instance can't always do.
PTCs of course are not that "remote" (for now) but players still have to travel, book accommodations etc even in UK. And Germany (2x), Belgium, Poland and Ireland that's 10 "flights" to pay for (players usually don't book their return flight until they lose) . When you add up over a full season it's a hell of a lot of money.
Once again I'm not saying that Barry Hearn's vision is wrong. Only that he's going too fast considering the resources at hand. I certainly don't want to go back to 6 events a year. But we are now at 27, with a hectic calendar and a lot of back and forth traveling. March will be just crazy for the players, as Dave Hendon points out. I think that if we had 20 events (instead of the previous 6) with a bit more resources put into each, and more structure in the calendar it would be better and more sustainable for the players. Then, if it is successful and money starts to "enter", further expansion can be worked at.