It looks like the Malta Cup will be on as a ranking event this season which, if confirmed, represents good news for snooker.
It will mean there will be nine ranking events this season.
Let’s not get carried away. I remember when there were ten.
However, with the Bahrain Championship added to the calendar it means there will be two more ranking tournaments this season than last and the most there have been in any single campaign in seven years.
In the tough economic position all sports find themselves in, this is a cause for celebration.
What everyone involved in snooker will hope is that these events can all be confirmed for next season as well.
And then the next priority must be in creating new events.
I think it’s quite likely there will be a third ranking event in China next season. I hope Germany – that other great growth area – also features in the governing body’s plans.
With a sprinkling of independently promoted tournaments, not least the World Series, as well it looks as if snooker is, slowly but surely, beginning to sort itself out.
Sponsors are still badly needed but the game has three key broadcasting contracts with the BBC, Eurosport and CCTV in China, which are helping to spread the snooker word to millions around the world.
More can be done.
I return to my point of a couple of weeks ago: the qualifiers need to be streamed on the web in some capacity. This would also increase interest.
Also, World Snooker really need to flag up good news a little more.
The main story on their website for nearly a week has been Ryan Day’s wedding – which happened three months ago!
There is a perception that snooker is on the rocks. It isn’t.
But people need to know this and also to be given the impression that there are actually things happening in the sport – between tournaments as well as during them.
That is one reason why I write this blog. It may not be a hard news week but there's always something to say about snooker if you put your mind to it.