Matchroom Sport is synonymous with snooker as the company and Chairman Barry Hearn rose to prominence during the great 1980’s snooker boom. Initially managing the stars of the game like Steve Davis, Jimmy White and Dennis Taylor – the company soon produced their first-ever snooker event in 1987.
In 2008, Matchroom Sport, in association with Perform, introduced Championship League Snooker, a ground-breaking internet-only event, produced exclusively for the worldwide betting market and run in addition to the popular and long-running Premier League Snooker event.
In 2013 the Premier League was succeeded by the exciting Champion of Champions event, a new tournament with a £300,000 prize fund sees 16 of the biggest stars of the green baize – all winners on the World Snooker tour over the prior 12 months – battle it out over six thrilling nights in the successor to the long-running Premier League Snooker.
In December 2009, Barry Hearn became the majority shareholder in World Snooker Ltd with a powerful manifesto that promised to take the game to new heights across the globe. Since then the sport has grown and grown, with prize money increased from £3.5million in 2009, to over £16 million for the 2019/20 season with a host of new events introduced over the last five years.
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