WPBSA chairman Sir Rodney Walker today gave the clearest possible indication that the World Championship will remain at the Crucible.
There had been speculation - started by him - that it would be going to China when the Sheffield contract runs out in 2010.
I suggested this may be a smart tactic on his part to drive up the Sheffield bid and in a BBC interview today he confirmed that the Crucible remains a heavy favourite.
"There’s no firm offer from China but there is interest," Walker said.
"News of that has brought interest from the Middle East but I’ve already begun negotiations with Sheffield city council which have started very well.
"There’s a lot of excitement about it going out the UK but people have to understand we have a contract with the BBC and if the World Championship left the UK it would put at risk our BBC contract, which would have serious financial consequences.
"The likelihood is that the event will stay in the UK and in Sheffield.
"Sheffield will put a provisional offer in front of me before the end of November. The plan would be to get a new deal in place so that we can announce it ahead of the 2009 World Championship, which would take us to 2015. But it depends whether any of these other proposals turn into serious offers."
Steve Davis, six times the Crucible champion, made a good point in response to this.
He said: "Most players would want it to stay in this country and at the Crucible. The best idea for China or other countries would be to create their own super event which, over time, would be compared to the World Championship. Why not do that instead of trying to steal the World Championship?"
So it looks like the Crucible is set to keep the game's greatest event for at least another seven years.
Not everyone will believe this is a good thing but I think most probably would.