AzB Silver Member
Starting next year Matchroom events won't be sanctioned by the WPA (and won't receive sanction fees) as a result of Barry Hearn's inability to get the WPA to officially recognise The Matchroom 9 Ball Rankings.
That said, for what might seem like the first time, I'm in 100% agreement with the WPA on this one. What Matchroom is essentially trying to do is make it to where nobody else can even attempt to compete by putting on any other big 9 ball events. For example, if Matchroom was in charge of the official 9 ball rankings, even if somebody else came along and wanted to do a 9 ball event with a million dollar prize fund, Matchroom could just say "well we aren't going to allow that event to count towards the official rankings" which might effectively kill it, or they could even say "any player that plays this event will be removed from the rankings list" which would almost certainly kill it. Matchroom's attempted actions here are both in spirit, and by definition, anticompetitive.
What a stupid comment this is. This misguided statement can be used for any private, free enterprise business that ever existed.Matchroom on their bullshit self serving agenda as always. F Matchroom