I've read some criticism of Eurosport for showing Joe Swail v Mark Davis instead of Jimmy White's match against Barry Hawkins at the Northern Ireland Trophy this afternoon so would make the following points:
1) Eurosport has NO SAY in which matches are broadcast.
2) Eurosport is NOT CONSULTED as to which matches are broadcast.
The decision is made by the host broadcaster, in this case TG4, and World Snooker.
I thought the decision to show Swail's match was wrong before the tournament began. Yes, he is on home turf but White is the most popular player snooker has ever seen.
He is popular in Belfast, Birmingham and Belgrade.
This could very well have been his last appearance at a main tour venue. It was his first in a ranking event in the UK for over two years.
These may not be easy calls for the organisers as Swail may have expected, as the local man, to get top billing.
The tournament director, Mike Ganley, is in a difficult position as he is effectively employed by the players and so understandably does not want to upset them.
I wouldn't want his job.
However, snooker is not in the position where it can afford to put its star appeal on non-televised tables.
You may recall this happened with the world final rematch between John Higgins and Mark Selby at the Shanghai Masters a year ago. They were shoved onto an outside table in favour of Stuart Bingham v Stuart Pettman.
What next? Ronnie O'Sullivan playing his matches in the local club?