Snooker is a “car boot sale” whilst different sports activities are like purchasing at luxury department shops, says five-time world champion, Ronnie O’Sullivan.
The 40-yr-vintage believes snooker wishes to embody a more company image, much like sports which include golf, tennis, and Components 1. Living Tired
O’Sullivan cruised into the United Kingdom Championship fourth round with a 6-1 win over Michael Georgiou on Monday.
“Snooker has come to be a nothing-kind recreation, but it is nevertheless great,” he stated.
“They may be just putting a lot of it out there, it is simply reasonably-priced Television and a filler for other programs – snooker has lost admire among different sports.
“You watch Formula 1 and you see lovely-searching human beings. You study snooker and you believe you studied, ‘God.’
“It charges £5 to get in at some of the qualifying activities and spot a pinnacle-magnificence player – it is like an automobile boot sale while their sports are like buying at Harrods.”
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- Ronnie O’Sullivan in action against Michael Georgiou, during day six of the Betway UK Championships 2016, at the York Barbican.
The total prize cash available on the tour this season has reached £10m for the primary time as part of international Snooker chairman Barry Hearn’s revamp of the game.
That consists of the addition of new ranking tournaments, as well as multiplied prize cash at current occasions.
This year’s United kingdom Championship winner will take domestic £one hundred seventy,000, whilst the subsequent global champion will win £375,000.
O’Sullivan said: “it is all approximately media, money and business, and snooker is nothing compared to Formula 1, tennis and the Olympics. They have got corporate human beings worried who have a massive say in who’s big and who isn’t massive.
“Snooker is not able to draw those sort of sponsors or compete in that league.
“If it went to China and discovered a few billionaires that need to take this recreation on and put up £1m first prizes, then you could perhaps begin looking at snooker as a core recreation again.”
O’Sullivan on snooker’s sports activities Character absence
O’Sullivan was additionally requested about the ongoing absence of snooker gamers from the BBC sports activities Character of the year shortlists.
Steve Davis, in 1988, is the handiest snooker player to win the award, at the same time as Stephen Hendry turned into the ultimate to make the top 3 – coming 2nd in 1990.
“They provide snooker like 10 seconds on BBC sports Persona of the 12 months, it is a whole insult to the game,” said O’Sullivan.
“however it is what they consider it, it’s how an awful lot they consider they have to warrant to it. So that says all of it simply.”