Dan-cat wrote:I've become acquainted with a 26 year old Belgium girl recently, and I told her I was off to watch Ronnie in the the Masters, fully expecting to have to explain what snooker is. 'Do you know Luca?' she responded 'yes of course!' I said. 'well Ronnie came over to play him in some exhibitions, it was a big deal here'
Pretty cool that he is that well known in his home country, thanks to the Eurosport coverage no doubt.
Nope, eurosport is a niche here.
When Luca was younger and played exhibitions vs. O'Sullivan, Taylor etc it was sometimes mentioned in "Sportweekend". Sunday evening sports half-hour right after the news, one of the most viewed shows (plus website Sporza.be).
What would help the breakthrough is World Snooker not asking for crazy prices to show excerpts of games.
When Luca was doing well in Sheffield, VRT wanted to show the game live or in extended summary, but the prices were way too high.