After my lengthy absence from the world of darts reporting, I am delighted to now present a new article. I have had a busy few months with a trip to Australia in March as well as working towards my A Levels and going to university in September. This has meant I have taken a short break from reporting but I hope to be back with monthly posts from the July onwards.
In the meantime, Edward Wade has kindly stepped in with a guest post about the greatly anticipated Champions League of Darts. Hopefully the first of many posts on Jambosdarts, Edward has a strong journalistic style and will hopefully keep all of us informed (Including myself!) about everything we need to know about darts this summer.
BBC Deal For Champions League Darts with Unibet
The Champions League will take place on 24 and September 25 in Cardiff. The players will play one match per group session on Saturday afternoon, Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. The top two players from each group will compete on Sunday in the decisive semi-finals and finals. The games will be played in a round robin format with the top two players from each group going through to the knockout semi-finals and then the final. There is a staggering £100,000 first prize available for the eventual winner.
Through this sponsorship of the Champions League, Unibet extend their existing sponsorship of the European Championship and the Masters, in what is yet another ground breaking deal in 2016. Darts has always been a popular sport, but for people who do not have the luxury of Sky TV it has been exceedingly difficult to view the top professionals. The BBC already shows the BDO, but this new coverage will give all fans an opportunity to see their heroes.
‘’The BBC has a long history of broadcasting darts but this will be the start of an exciting new era’’ said PDC Chariman Barry Hearn.
It should also be a brilliant opportunity to get more people involved in the game. Currently very low brow in terms of participation it should be a great chance entice younger viewers with the joy of the game.
‘’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’’ said Barbara Slater, the Director of BBC Sport
In terms of increased popularity, it could potentially mean even bigger things for the sport in general, with more coverage and bigger crowds it could result in even more darts events being covered live.
Participants are not yet known, but with hits like Van Gerwen, Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis it will be fascinating to see just who might have the best chance of winning.
The chance to see top quality Darts players live isn’t something every fan gets the opportunity to do. However, with the international stars taking to the stand it will be brilliant to see just how many treble twenties we get to see firsthand!
"The Unibet Champions League of Darts is a real showpiece for the Professional Darts Corporation and the extensive BBC broadcast the darts will reach a large audience of passionate sports fans," said Chris Watson Unibet. "We are pleased to promote to be involved as headline sponsor for such a spectacular darts event and our support for the PDC."
For Darts fans it will be a fantastic opportunity to fall even further in love with the game. Most supporters of the game, (including myself) don’t get to watch enough darts, because of the lack of coverage. With BBC coverage, it should also mean more support live in Cardiff, which will only enhance the fantastic Darts atmosphere, which is genuinely like no other sport.