So the season is over and here are a few thoughts and news as an aftermath of the World Championship.
This year, more than ever, fans have found it hard to get tickets at an affordable price. Yet, there were plenty of empty seats in the arena on the first day of the final: I was there, I saw it with my own eyes. So what’s the problem? Well I gave my opinion on this in a previous post. It hasn’t changed, I believe that the capacity of the Crucible is far below the demand and this in turn generates unhealthy speculation.
On the day of the final, tickets for next year went on sale. I was online within a minute of the launch, trying to get tickets for the final. There was already a queue of 3000+ ahead of me. I went to the theatre itself, and people were queuing up to half of Tudor square…
Is this sustainable? I don’t think so …
Crucible, we love you
Despite this ticket issue, fans, sponsors and players essentially would like to stay at the Crucible. No money can buy you history. They should be happy as it has been announced that the World Championship will stay there for another decade. This has been widely reported in the press and this article is just one of many on the subject.
Ding’s run to the final boosted interest in snooker in China, as you might guess. It is reported that no less than 210 millions watched the match on CCTV5 only … now, don’t come up again with the “18.5 millions in 1985” and “snooker is dying” nonsense. There is a world outside UK, and television outside the BBC, you know…
Mark Selby is a hard, hard march player, who never gives up and will use every strength he has to win. That’s what he did during the final. This is why he is Champion again.
Yet it attracted criticism, and suggestions by fellow pros that the rules should be changed. Have a look at the twitter feeds of Stephen Hendry, Shaun Murphy and Neil Robertson. Personally I wouldn’t want any rule change, especially any change that would turn snooker into some kind of pool. The only thing I would want to see is the section 4 of the rules to be enforced. But that would have made no difference in this final: neither Mark Selby, nor Ding took unduly long time over shots. Mark often chose safety over attack, knowing he is brilliant at it, and why should he not?
Someone who didn’t criticise Mark Selby, despite obvious sympathy for Ding and his style of play, is Ronnie. He was in the studio, with Jimmy White and Neil Foulds, and occasionally with Ronnie Wood and Dolly the dog, and their analysis and comments were both interesting, intelligent and fair. You can listen to them commenting during the final, plus a few very nice features and interviews. Thanks Snooker For All
The Semi Final: Mark Selby v Marco Fu
All detailed results are on cuetracker.net