As the BDO suffers more embarrassment as their “5th new major” is cancelled after what appeared to be farcical promotion by their appointed 3rd party (blocking fans on twitter who were asking when their tickets might arrive for starters!), the PDC has a huge announcement to make today – joining forces with the BBC to televise a brand new event! There have been questions asked, as the BDO Lakeside world championships had come to their end of contract with the BBC, and it may be they will not make terrestrial TV next year. There’s also questions around the fact the BDO may have NO TV TOURNAMENTS in 2016 post Lakeside. A bad place for the grass roots org and it’s top players if true.
It’s time to say; Barry Hearn and the PDC have won, a KO in the final round. The BDO were massively behind in points too.
THE Professional Darts Corporation will break new ground once again in 2016 by staging its first tournament live on BBC Sport following an exciting new deal to introduce the Champions League of Darts to the circuit in September.
The eight-player tournament will be held on September 24-25 at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff to kick off a new era for the sport on terrestrial television. Featuring the leading eight players from the PDC Order of Merit following July’s BetVictor World Matchplay, the Champions League of Darts will see the stars split into two groups of four players.
Following the round-robin phase, the top two players from each group will then progress to the knockout semi-finals and final, with a huge £100,000 first prize on offer for the eventual champion.
“The BBC has a long history of broadcasting darts but this will be the start of an exciting new era,” said PDC Chairman Barry Hearn.
“The Champions League of Darts will bring the very best players in world darts – the top eight from the PDC Order of Merit – to BBC screens for an exciting, quick-fire tournament.
“In addition, it’s fantastic for us to be taking the Champions League of Darts to Cardiff. Welsh fans love their darts and this will be another great opportunity for them to see the sport’s biggest names live.
“Both live crowds and TV audiences have continued to soar for PDC tournaments in the last year, and it’s a great reflection for us that the BBC were keen to add the Champions League of Darts to their sporting portfolio.”
Barbara Slater, Director BBC Sport says: “We are very pleased to be showing the inaugural Champions League of Darts on the BBC for what is promised to be a thrilling and innovative tournament.
“Darts has always had wide appeal and it is great that audiences will get the chance to see all the action from the world’s top players live on BBC Two and across our platforms.“
Further details about ticketing for the Champions League of Darts will be announced at www.pdc.tv/tickets in due course.
* The Players Championship treble-header at the Barnsley Metrodome which was originally scheduled for September 23-25 will now be played from September 21-23