Hearn claims support for proposals
Barry Hearn's plans to shake up snooker look set to get the go-ahead following Wednesday's player meeting in Sheffield.
The players are due to go to a vote, with mid-June the likely time, following a proposal by World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association chairman Hearn to take control. Hearn, who has turned darts into a big box-office sport, is promising more tournaments and higher prize money, claiming players have been effectively part-time in recent years.
Hearn was delighted with the outcome of the meeting, claiming overwhelming support, and said: "There's no such thing as a shoo-in. It was a frank exchange. There was a spectacular majority of people in favour which pleases me no end and I hope it's going to be a big vote in favour."
"I think they've bought into the dreams and the concepts.
"There were some questions about ownership and I explained it's not a negotiable item.
"It was a very black and white session as you'd expect and the vast majority were supportive which gives me a real buzz.
"The meeting was an opportunity for players to ask questions, and 20 or so of them actually stood up and asked questions, which was great.
"I'm seeing the early stages of the dawning of a new era."