Snooker-News is part of a wide network of dedicated sports sites, boasting a team of leading writers, expert in their particular field. With Snooker witnessing a new boom under the guidance of Barry Hearn, there are more tournaments on the calendar than ever before, offering more prize money and reaching out to new global audiences. —
Snooker is one of the most popular sports in the United Kingdom and is played by over 4 million adults. It attracts vast television audiences; the 2011 World Championship final attracted a peak audience of 6.6 million on BBC.
In China, a staggering 241 million people watched at least 5 minutes of the tournament. Viewing figures are particularly high in countries such as Germany, Belgium, Poland, Romania and Holland. In 2013/14 there is a European Tour (part of the Players Tour Championship series) in order to capitalise on this burgeoning interest.
In the Far East, the snooker boom is developing at pace. The China Open staged in Beijing in 2005 was enthusiastically received by Chinese fans. A massive 110 million people watched live on television as Ding Junhui beat Stephen Hendry in the final to elevate himself to the status of national hero.
In 2013/14 there are no fewer than five full ranking events in China: the China Open, Shanghai Masters, Haikou World Open, Wuxi Classic and International Championship.
The World Snooker Tour is made up of 133 professional players, including household names such as John Higgins, Mark Selby, Neil Robertson, Judd Trump, Ronnie O'Sullivan and Steve Davis. It's a multi-national tour with players from countries including China, Thailand, Hong Kong, Australia, Malta and Belgium.
Ronnie O'Sullivan continues to be the flag-bearer for snooker, having captured his fifth World Championship title at the Crucible in May, however the strength in-depth of the field means that up to a dozen players can be regarded as genuine title contenders in every major event.
In fact, 2012 saw the 12 ranking titles claimed by as many different players, and the new flat draw format introduced in 2013 provides a level playing field to allow the emergence of a wealth of exciting new stars.
There are 12 scheduled major ranking tournaments in 2013, each preceded by live streamed pre-qualifiers, along with a further six European Tour events held in venues across the continent.
Snooker-News offers extensive daily previews for all qualifying events, major ranking tournaments and European Tour events, as well as detailed individual match previews to give players the low-down on the matches that matter most.
The Snooker-News journalists are heavily backed by a considerable social media following - delivering unrivalled live coverage to more than 30,000 fans on Facebook.
The team compiles comprehensive betting previews for all major events, offering knowledgeable recommendations across a host of bookmakers to pick out the best value bets. They also boast impressive contacts within the sport, often attending major events from the press room to provide live coverage from the heart of the action.
As well as the illustrious Triple Crown of events - the UK Championship, Masters and World Championship, they also provide unrivalled coverage of the annual Championship League.
The Championship League is a 24-player invitational event streamed exclusively live via a host of bookmaker sites, fragmented from January to March, Snooker-News provides readers with step-by-step guides on how they can view the live action online, as well as keeping on top of all results and match schedules as the tournament progresses.
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