Yes, great summary. Ultimately, there needs to be a central guiding organization at the top level and the WPA has demonstrated they aren’t it. We also can’t have multiple world rankings because which are people supposed to follow? So there are two choices, use the WPA rankings or use the matchroom rankings. They can’t use the WPA rankings because it’s a mess and it also allows players gain points towards their invitationals from non-matchroom affiliated events. So that leaves them in their current situation.Barry did save snooker from the dire slump it was in, I didn’t like everything he did (especially messing with the UK championship format), but I can’t deny he turned the game around with more prize money, more tournaments and proper professional management. He also turned the darts into a multi-million pound game, and his son Eddie shook up the world of boxing. None of this would have happened without Barry and his team.
If he says Matchroom can make pool a multi-million dollar game with a proper professional tour, he has a proven track record, and I don’t doubt he can do it.
Then what have the WPA done? As far as I can tell their biggest achievement was taking the crown jewel of pool, the world 9-ball and having it played in a warehouse somewhere in the middle-east. If it wasn’t for Matchroom then it seems to me the pool calendar would be vastly diminished.
I‘ve only followed 9-ball for the past couple of years, but it’s an entertaining watch. It would be great to see these players playing for proper money, the kind of money in snooker and darts.
If their tour reaches their objectives and starts paying even close fo what snooker players receive, that by itself will bulldoze the competition unless they can keep up. If players can make six figures just from matchroom events they will be less likely play in smaller events. And finally, competing growing tours can’t avoid overlapping each other forever. There are only so many weeks in the year and both CSI and Matchroom have limited wiggle room with their schedules.