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FL Fairfax
11 Nov 13 11:38
Date Joined: 23 Feb 01
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ITV4 to Televise Champion of Champions

Snooker's new Champion of Champions tournament will be televised by ITV4 in November.

The showpiece event will run from November 19 to 24 at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry and will bring together many of the best snooker players on the planet. ITV4 will provide extensive live coverage.

Promoted by Matchroom Sport, it will also be televised live on CCTV in China and syndicated globally. There will be a top prize of £100,000 on offer and current champions of snooker's major tournaments, including the likes of Ronnie O'Sullivan, Judd Trump, Mark Selby, Neil Robertson and Ding Junhui, will be eligible to compete.

The tournament will start with a quartet of four-man groups, with the winner of each group to progress to the semi-finals. The final on Sunday November 24 will be over 19 frames.

Snooker returned to the ITV network for the first time in 20 years earlier in 2013 with coverage of the Haikou World Open.

World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn said: "We are thrilled to welcome back ITV4 to televise the Champion of Champions. Their coverage of the Haikou World Open was a real success and I'm delighted that ITV have reaffirmed their interest in snooker.

"There is massive support for snooker in the UK so it's great news for the fans that they can watch this fantastic new tournament on free-to-air broadcast.

"I'm excited about this event because it will bring together the elite of the sport. Coventry has a huge catchment area so I'm expecting packed houses and a tremendous atmosphere."

Ticket details for the event as well as the full line-up of players will be announced soon.
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Report pandora1963 November 11, 2013 7:27 PM GMT
good news,more clive everton hopefully
Report Gin November 13, 2013 9:34 AM GMT
Promoted by Matchroom Sport, it will also be televised live on CCTV in China

You would have thought they could afford proper cameras! Crazy
Report Eldrick November 16, 2013 11:07 PM GMT
Hooray, 4 man groups with only one to go through - mmm, is that the sweet smell of dead rubber?
Report SHREWDLY ASTUTE November 18, 2013 1:42 PM GMT
Should be a nice quick competition, Neil Robertson or Judd Trump for me!

Who represents good value?

Trump is not bad at 10's imo
Report Wicklow November 18, 2013 8:49 PM GMT
I thought the same Eldrick - but thankfully its a straight knockout for each quarter, 2 x semi's in afternoon and final in evening. It might actually be worth watching afterall - I had it down as a non event.

good luck
Report Gin November 19, 2013 12:41 PM GMT
Frame betting as well!!Happy

Lets hope there's some liquidity.........................
Report moondan November 21, 2013 12:31 PM GMT
Another wasted opportunity with ample tv hours to run a proper tournament with more frames.

I see its promoted by matchroom, now who would have guessed that?

When Hearn declared he owned snooker, he wasn't kidding was he?
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