I can definitely see the logic in your thoughts. Matchroom is in control of the direction pool is taking on a global scale right now. We Americans can either come along for the ride or be left at the station. Our regional tours and one-off events are great for local players, social shooters, weekend warriors, and the like, but they don't even compare against what Matchroom is doing for pool as a professional sport. As such, I'm going to try to enjoy what Matchroom has to offer, with Emily Frazer leading the way. I think she is trying very hard to make something good happen for pool.
With Barry Hearn leaving the control of the entire operation to his son, who most definitely is a boxing enthusiast, I worry about pool continuing on the trajectory it is now. He may decide pool is not worth it because it's not a money-maker like snooker, darts, and boxing. I hope I am wrong.
Matchroom is the only game in down for professional pool, and as such, we Americans must climb aboard the Matchroom train if we want our professional pool to survive. We have less than a handful of professional-caliber players, as the existing lot of pro players has dwindled tremendously, and there's not much new blood entering the scene. I don't like the way Matchroom is handling the broadcast, with Americans required to use DAZN. It's not about the money. As most know, DAZN coverage sucks. The broadcast is fraught with problems of buffering, freezing, and outages. But it's better than no pool, I guess.