Thursday 29 June 2017

Snooker left behind as we all demand bigger thrills

Ronnie O'Sullivan holding his fifth Masters having destroyed Mark Selby on Sunday night at Alexandra Park in London
Ronnie O'Sullivan holding his fifth Masters having destroyed Mark Selby on Sunday night at Alexandra Park in London

Michael McCarthy

On Sunday night, Ronnie O'Sullivan destroyed Mark Selby at Alexandra Palace in London to win his fifth Masters. The coverage it received in Monday's press did not reflect a performance for the ages in the sport's second biggest tournament.

On a Monday morning, 15 years ago, a display like this would be the talk of the water cooler. Nowadays, the water cooler is Twitter and Sunday night's timelines are dominated by more action-centric sports like the NFL.

Is it that there's more available to us, or have we changed? We are still giving over entire evenings to sport, but snooker has been left behind. In the glory days, there wasn't the option to watch the NFL, Spanish football or whatever else Sky are showing from every corner of the world.

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