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Ronnie O’Sullivan Endorses “£600m” LIV-Style Breakaway Snooker Series

Ronnie O’Sullivan has always been known to speak his mind, and the snooker legend has poked the bear with his latest comments about a potential breakaway snooker championship.

O’Sullivan was in action in the opening session of his World Snooker Championship quarter-final against Stuart Bingham on Tuesday evening.

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The Championship at the Crucible has been overshadowed by rumors of a possible move from the iconic venue in favor of a big-money venue elsewhere.

Matchroom president Barry Hearn hinted at it on the BBC last week. Hearn was asked by Ken Doherty whether the historical value of the Crucible was more important than the potential big money of moving to the Middle East, to which he said:

Believe me, money has an advantage every time. We live in the real world. When there are deals that will change people’s lives and increase the money tenfold.

Snooker fans remain concerned that there could be a move away from the sport’s traditional home. Ronnie O’Sullivan went even further on Tuesday, with a tongue-in-cheek endorsement of an LIV Golf-style breakout series in the sport.

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Ahead of his quarter-final with Stuart Bingham, Ronnie O’Sullivan said the money offered by a back-up, similar to that of LIV Golf, would be hard to refuse.

I’d love to see a LIV style breakout, god! I wouldn’t mind getting a phone call asking, ‘Here, do you want £600 million to play for three years?’ I would love that phone call, wouldn’t you?

Each their own. Everyone has to do what he or she has to do. I know what I want from the sport and I know what I am willing to do, what I need for it. As long as I keep getting that, I don’t mind playing. But everyone has to make up for that for themselves.

This year’s inaugural World Masters of Snooker, held in Riyadh, was the first professional snooker tournament in Saudi Arabia. Ronnie O’Sullivan eventually won the event, using a controversial golden ball worth a further 20 points.

Riyadh Masters organizers have since partnered with World Snooker, leading to concerns that the World Snooker Championship could be moved to the Gulf state when the current contract with the Crucible expires in 2027. It certainly seems like Ronnie O’Sullivan would. be amenable to such a step.

O’Sullivan did not have an easy time during Tuesday’s first quarter-final session. He fought back from 3-1 down to finish 4-4 with Bingham on the day’s level. In one particularly striking moment, the seven-time world champion slammed his cue on the table after a bad shot, leaving BBC commentators stunned.

Play resumes at 10am at the Crucible with the quarter-finals of Kyren Wilson vs. John Higgins and Judd Trump vs. Jack Jones. The match between Ronnie O’Sullivan and Stuart Bingham resumes at 1pm.

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