Are we seeing Snooker reborn? -Part One

Being a fan of snooker hasn’t always been easy. It can be described as the ultimate game of skill, yet its audince has been dwindling over recent years. However, that’s a picture that’s changing slightly in my opinion. Barry Hearn, PDC Darts Supremo. has taken on World Snooker to shake it by the coat tails to rejuvenate the worldwide audience it once enjoyed in the 1980s. So far, it seems to have been working. An ever-enlarging audience in China has caused a sudden surge in interest in the Far East. Homegrown talent like Ding Junhui and Marco Fu, and younger prospects in  Liu Chuang and Cao Yupeng have really whetted the Chinese appetite for the acute game of angles. Even the sponsors of the players are having a seemingly increasing amount of Chinese characters on them from what I’ve seen…

Snooker has been crying out for bright sparks in what has been a rather dull period for the game. The aforementioned Chinese and the gifted youth in British players like World No. 2 Judd Trump, whom is setting the snooker world on proverbial “fire” with his brand of “Naughty Snooker”, which has seen him evolve into a big crowd favourite since his meteoric rise to prominence.

 The World Championdhip this year is without doubt one of the most open for many years. The return to form of 7-Time Champion Stephen Hendry and “Welsh Potting Machine” Mark Williams, the fall from grace of Ronnie “The Rocket” O’Sullivan, and a swarm of a new guard on the baize making up a very unpredictable, yet exciting field.

One of the Hearn “methods” of getting the most out of an atmosphere at a venue has been to implement entrance music for the players. It’s only a small touch, but it’s one that builds up the anticipation, creating a good buzz in the venue, something which helps the players as well as the fans, and snooker has needed it!

 

More to follow soon…

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6 thoughts on “Are we seeing Snooker reborn? -Part One”

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