More revelations came to light surrounding Ronnie O'Sullivan's semi-retirement from the game today.
WPBSA Chairman Jason Ferguson released a statement - in response to yesterday's comments from the four-time world champion - and it didn't pull any punches.
He quashed rumours that the contract forces players to compete in events, explaining they are free to play as and when they wish after they've signed up.
He added that the contract is in place to ensure all World Snooker players are treated fairly and that no-one, including world champion O'Sullivan, would receive bonus appearance money.
And, he also confirmed O'Sullivan is free to sign up to the contract at any point of the season.
Click here to read the full statement.
After a sharp intake of breath, this certainly made for interesting reading.
I'd like to make some clear points in reaction to this statement. It is absolutely correct that no player should be treated differently under the World Snooker contract.
As Snooker Scene blogger Dave Hendon sums up perfectly here, it is not the responsibility of World Snooker to pay players to appear in events. World Snooker has a pot of money to pay prize money to players based on their performances in various events.
It is an entirely different issue if individual sponsors decide to use added financial incentives to ensure the sport's top players attend their tournaments. This activity is commonplace across many top sports and is probably fair when you consider the ticket sales top players such as O'Sullivan help to drive.
Ferguson's statement comes across a little harsh towards O'Sullivan, in my opinion. While it would be naive to believe money wasn't a factor in Ronnie's decision not to sign the contract, I believe there were many more reasons as I outlined at length yesterday in the blog post below.