Something that I hope that the launch of BBC Scotland can do is allow for more coverage of Scottish-hosted sports, like snooker. One thing that’s always annoyed me is how BBC Wales is able to screen the Welsh Open snooker as an own broadcast, despite the BBC primarily only screening the triple crown events (uk, masters and worlds).
Even after the Home Nations series of events began a few years ago, the BBC have not even tried to screen the other local tournaments on BBC NI, BBC England or BBC Scotland, only being available on Eurosport/Quest, which does nothing to improve the chances of players taking up the sport.
I hope the BBC scotland team decide to make an attempt to bid for broadcasting rights and do something similar to how BBC Wales do it (so local sports presenters and scottish based commentators) and make the channel more useful than just for The Nine.
There is nothing stopping BBC Scotland bidding for the rights to the Scottish open, it just they have chosen to use their funds in different ways. I’m not sure the Welsh Open is of any more interest to Welsh Snooker fans than the Scottish or NI ones is to them, and I don’t see why Snooker fans in the rest of the UK would not be as interested in the Welsh Open any more than the Welsh Snooker fans, surely you either enjoy Snooker or you don’t. There is also no such thing as BBC England and there won’t even be a BBC Two England to air the English Open on.
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