Barry Hearn was at the Crucible today to unveil a raft of announcements for the 2011/12 season.
As revealed on this blog last month, there will a ranking event staged in Australia in July.
This will immediately follow the World Cup in Bangkok, which will be a biannual event.
There will be eight seeded teams - Australia, China, England, Hong Kong, Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales - from a field of 24. The winning team receives a cheque for $200,000.
There will be a new format for the Premier League next season as it becomes a World Snooker event.
In order that any player can qualify, the ten man field will be filled based on tournaments won.
Therefore, confirmed are defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan, Championship League winner Matthew Stevens plus ranking event winners Ali Carter, Neil Robertson, John Higgins, Mark Williams, Shaun Murphy and Judd Trump.
Ding Junhui qualifies as Masters champion and if one of the above wins the World Championship, Jimmy White will get a call up as world seniors champion.
Sky Sports will screen the Shootout, won this season by Nigel Bond, for the next three years having broadcast a World Snooker event for the first time for seven years in January.
Hearn also revealed talks are underway with Paul Mount to stage some PTCs and/or qualifiers at the South West Snooker Academy in Gloucester rather than having them all in Sheffield, which would mean access for spectators.
Prize money on the circuit will rise above £6m and there looks like there will be 10-11 ranking tournaments, plus the new Brazilian Masters.
Hearn also wants players to come forward to record a new version of the Chas 'n' Dave 'classic' Snooker Loopy, which reached no.6 in the chart 25 years ago.
The mind boggles, frankly, as to who would want to take part in this...but we will see.
So there will be plenty of snooker next season and plenty of reasons to be optimistic in this new era for the game.