Snooker legend Ronnie O’Sullivan believes the sport needs a jolt – and the solution could be resolved by an infusion of Chinese cash.
The mercurial 40-year-old quintuple world champion – whose comments are never dull but sometimes spark disciplinary action – said the sport’s staid image pales in comparison to others whose packaging is slick and contemporary.
O’Sullivan – who was speaking on the sidelines of the UK Championship tournament where he has reached the last 16 – made the remarks after no snooker player made the list of nominees for BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
“Maybe if it went to China and you found some billionaires out there who would put the sport on and have millions in prize money, you could start looking at snooker as a core sport again,” said O’Sullivan, fondly known as ‘Rocket Ronnie’.
“But you’re competing with Formula One, tennis, golf and the Olympics.
O’Sullivan, whose charisma and unpredictability make him easily the most watchable and bankable of the present generation of snooker players, said the game was selling itself too cheaply.
“Snooker is becoming a nothing-type sport – it’s kind of like a car boot sale, but with the other sports it’s like shopping at Harrods,” he said.
Source : Internet