SnookerFan wrote:If it changes back, it won't be whilst Hearn is in charge.
This is so true, he is psychologically incapable of doing a u-turn.
All you've got to do is look at his reaction on Twitter to people complaining about the Shootout. How many fans were complaining about that decision? How many players were? Very few said anything positive, but Hearn was adamant the critics were in a minority.
Just because sponsors and the television companies don't care whether it carries ranking points or not, doesn't mean the majority of people think it's a good idea.
Hearn took the stance that because a lot of people talked about it, that meant it was a success. By that logic, anything that gets remembered as a notoriously bad idea is an automatic success. I mean, they made movies about the Charge Of The Light Brigade, but it doesn't make it a brilliant military maneuver.
Hearn would shorten The Crucible if he thought he could get away with it, but he doesn't as it's such a loved tournament.