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posted Jan 6, 2010

Great stuff, glad to see Barry's doing what he was brought in to do.

Not sure about that cue Ronnie's holding. It looks to be a Cuetech cue which is wood wrapped in fiberglass and has absolutely no feel to it. It'll be interesting to see what make it is and if he'll actually use it.

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posted Jan 6, 2010

This is indeed good news for snooker. Good to see that Barry Hearn is using all his contacts to raise sponsorship and, in turn, the profile of the game.

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comment by Witz78 (U2223050)

posted Jan 6, 2010

Ronnies purple cue is doing the business so far today in the Championship League !!

PartyPoker sponsor a lot of the Matchroom events, but its good to see a name against the Masters.

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posted Jan 6, 2010

Don't want to say "I told you so" but "I told you so!"
Hearn is using his noddle. Just the prize money at the Masters is nigh on 500k. Even if Hearn has wrangled 200k out of them that is good business so close to the event, and good business for the sponsor with all those TV hours.
I tell you I am very positive and hopeful for snooker. Nice one Barry!

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posted Jan 6, 2010

Anyone know the make of the cue yet?

Can't be Cuetech, I've never tried, seen or even heard of one that players like the feel of.

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posted Jan 6, 2010

Great to see it ok and a pretty exciting sponsor at that smiley

laugh not sure about the purple cue though

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posted Jan 6, 2010

Amazing, a sponsor found without changing the format of the game. winkeye

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posted Jan 6, 2010

yeah Sick but both Muppet and Hearn, (Muppet's right hand man) have guaranteed that shot clocks will take over the earth....or the baize at least.

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posted Jan 6, 2010

Gallant: Hearn has said nothing about shot-clocks. It was Sky Sports idea in the first place, not his. And Davis don't want it, that's a big turning point ok

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posted Jan 6, 2010

gallantrabit

theres a tournament going on now, a matchroom sport event as qualifier for the shot clock PL and NO SHOT CLOCK IN SIGHT.

Answer which i have no doubt will upset seifer greatly is. you can not play to shot clock rules with more than one table.

Barry Hearn knows that with the CL and he will know that with Ranking Tournaments.

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posted Jan 6, 2010

Great find Med ok

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posted Jan 6, 2010

I think a few new formats would be nice, without actually tinkering with the basic 15-reds, non-time limit game.

I think maybe the one hope for six-reds is to introduce sets (as suggested by Oneball). It would give the thing an edge.

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posted Jan 6, 2010

Dave Hendon mentioned during commentary that the Doubles Tournament might be on the Hearn "AGENDA" omg i said the word laugh

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posted Jan 6, 2010

tubber don't take everything i say seriously okok

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posted Jan 7, 2010

surely u wouldn't change your own cue for a ranking event

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posted Jan 7, 2010

Personally no but ROS has done it in the past.

That said the previous time he did it he just picked out another Parris cue which would hit very similar to his previous one. Effectively not a drastic change when maker, material and basic specs are all the same.

I don't think the purple one would be remotely similar so I highly doubt he'd want to use it for a ranking event.

Anyone know the make of the purple thing yet?

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posted Jan 7, 2010

It is great news and Hearn will be good for the game. But what a mess snooker is in at the moment when negotiations for sponsorship of a tournament are taking place a few days before it begins.

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comment by Witz78 (U2223050)

posted Jan 7, 2010

It is great news and Hearn will be good for the game. But what a mess snooker is in at the moment when negotiations for sponsorship of a tournament are taking place a few days before it begins

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thats Rodney Plonker and the old regimes fault, credit to Hearn for pulling something out of the bag at the last minute!

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posted Jan 7, 2010

It's good that they got the sponsor, although I'm a bit disappointed that they've (inevitably) gone the darts route and got a gambling site to sponsor it. That said, I dare say Rodney wouldn't have got the sponsor, so well done Barry. I still have my doubts, but he's started off very well indeed.

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posted Jan 7, 2010

What do you want Bullet, tobacco companies..?

Nothing wrong with gambling, that is at the heart of snooker after all and how many start playing the game.

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posted Jan 8, 2010

What's wrong with Tobacco or for that matter Drink sponsorship. Gambling is as big an evil as these two. Everyone is gone PC mad.

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posted Jan 8, 2010

I reckon Gambling is the single biggest problem facing this country at the mo, to watch grown men peddle 20 notes in those roulette machines in the bookies is frightening, I'm a member of a private club, which has a 1000 lottery machine thing in, and the amount of cash some people feed that is truly incredible, up to 5 a go!!!!yikes

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posted Jan 8, 2010

I think the education system is good enough in England for people to make up their own minds. I only mentioned Tobacco because of history with snooker.
Gambling is part of Brit culture. If there wasn't a lotter machine in your club they'd be betting on 2 cockroaches rwaching the pie warmer first laugh.
Unless it's a heroin firm I don't see any problem.

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posted Jan 10, 2010

I don't feel that Hearn needs to tamper with the game too much, what I do think he needs to do is ensure that we get to know the players better and give them more freedom to express themselves, I hate to compare it to darts but with darts you really get a feel for the players, the walk-ons, the freedom to express themselves on the oche, the involvement with the crowd, it really reels you into the game and the players.

Snooker lacks the characters it had back in the eighties, but I don't think the characters aren't there, I just think that the increasing pressure to make a living out of this game is holding them back.

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