Calendar revised again… and not great news…

Worldsnooker has published yet another version of the calendar

The calendar for the 2019-20 season has now been updated.

Click here for the calendar

Please note that the Potential Ranking Event for October has been removed from the calendar. And there are amendments to the dates for the Yushan World Open qualifiers and China Open qualifiers.

So the potential ranking event in October has gone. This was the spot occupied by the European Masters and I’m afraid this could be bad news for the European leg. Of course, Worldsnooker has not named the event that never will be this season and it’s still possible that the European Masters happens later.

 

3 thoughts on “Calendar revised again… and not great news…

  1. I agree that we need to find alternative sponsors than the betting industry, but it will make it even more difficult to find a sponsor if they know that Ronnie definitely won’t play, and Luca Brecel (the local hero) is not guaranteed to make it through the qualifier rounds in Barnsley. It would also help if some European amateurs were given wildcards into a 32-player draw. These overseas 128-player ranking events are doomed.

  2. But sadly there won’t be any thought into why these tournaments are collapsing. It’s because of the inflexible 128-flat draw system that means the most attractive players aren’t guaranteed to be present at the venue, so sponsors don’t want to risk it.

    • That’s only part of the answer Lewis. In many mainland Europe countries, betting is heavily regulated and seen as something shady. Not something prime local sponsors want to be associated with. And the betting business itself isn’t too keen. In a lot of European PTCs they found out that they weren’t allowed to put banners in the arena for instance, which in turn meant that they wouldn’t appear on television. They also discovered that their sites were blocked in the host country because they were selling “products” that are illegal there. It’s a matter of adapting the product, promotion and style to the local market, which Barry Hearn either doesn’t understand, or is unwilling to do. As an analogy, think about how a sport would be perceived in the UK if their main sponsors were all selling horse meat.

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