Snookerbacker

March 28, 2010

Next Year's Calendar Unveiled

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 7:07 am

One of the new globally focused formats being discussed

The 2010/2011 snooker calendar has now been published and includes a few new events and a few re-badged ones, as well as two that have been brought in from the cold by the man at the helm, Barry Hearn.

At first glance it looks like there are more events for the players to get involved in and indeed from now on there is something snookery happening every month right up until the 2011 World Championships. A far cry from the long drawn out breaks that the players have had this season.

Still no ‘meat on the bone’ from Barry, though by all accounts the players have been briefed. The main change comes courtesy of his World Players Championship initiative which promises to fulfill Bazza’s brief of opening up the global audience to new formats, as well as his plans for world domination.

Other changes include the renamed ‘World Open’ formerly the Grand Prix, a short ‘European Masters’ event in Berlin in February (might go to that, bloody freezing in February in Berlin though, will need a sturdy hat and some long johns I reckon) and the ominously named ‘Sky Shootout’, where I assume Mags will get his wish of seeing Ronnie get slimed. If he enters it that is, I won’t be watching.

Surprisingly to me the Welsh Open looks to have escaped Barry’s axe and come out unscathed and unchanged. The calendar also looks a lot more packed with the inclusion of the previously ‘unspoken of’ Championship and Premier League events.

All in all the signs are there for change, but for those lower down the rankings not qualifying it looks like being another tough old year. Personally, I’m a bit disappointed at least at this stage that there is no sign of any team events or even a doubles or handicap event. I think giving those a go might have been a bit of fun, but perhaps Bazza has some more tricks up his sleeve and we don’t know the formats of any of these yet.

The full calendar can be viewed by clicking here

The excellent Global Snooker’s view on the proposals and more details can be viewed here.

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