Amen to that. Let's preface this post by saying that it pertains to American pool only.
At least in America, it would be very hard to argue that the amateur league systems are the breeding ground for pro players in the first place.
If a national league organization in America opts to invest in pro pool, fine, but why would they? The pros add virtually nothing to enhance the world of American amateur pool, and this was true even when there were major pro tours in the United States. I'm not convinced that the complete disappearance of pro pool would affect the world of American amateur pool at all.
Pool players are, far too often, negative role models. In the other "individual" sports, like bowling, golf and tennis, things are different. In those other sports, you don't get things like Jeremy Jones challenging Earl Strickland to a fight during a Bonus Ball event, or Billy Thorpe drowning us in profanities while threatening Robb Saez in a streamed match. You don't get things like Dennis Hatch refusing to shake Josh Filler's hand after a Mosconi match in 2017 despite Johan Ruijsink practically begging him to do so. You don't get Jimmy Mataya showing up rip roaring drunk to a match at the ?2006? WPA World 14.1 Championships. You don't get Earl Strickland going after Hunter Lombardo at the American 14.1 Championships, earning an ejection from the event. Pool players are not role models for the amateurs, nor do they do anything that tends to add any value for the amateurs.
Matchroom and a few others are taking their best shot at monetizing pool and they are making some progress, but in the long run, only a good product can be sold, and pro pool players have, far too often, devalued the pro pool product through deviant behavior and a genral failure to support the efforts of those production companies that invest in their sport.
In Marketing 101, one learns that good product development is usually a prerequisite to selling something effectively. In pro pool, the players often forget that they have a large part to play in the development of that product, but in so forgetting, they have done a lot of damage to the public image of those that play pool for a living.
The delusional in our sport believe that pro pool is a high quality and highly marketable product that pool event producers and promoters have, inexplicably, been unable to sell. The sad truth, however, is that the product itself needs improvement, and while some event producers and promoters understand this, until the players join them in their attempt to grow the pro pool product, there is a limit to how far pro pool can go as a sport.