24-25th September 2016
For the first time in the history of the Professional Darts Corporations (PDC) history the Champions League Darts will be broadcast live on BBC TV.
Following the BBC announcement to break ties with the British Darts Organisation (BDO) earlier this year many dart fans may have thought this is the end of darts on the BBC. The BBC have broadcast the World Darts Championship since its conception in 1978 but it seems they have seen the growth of sport develop faster within the PDC stable hence moving their allegiance from the BDO to the PDC.
Barry Hearn negotiated a new deal within weeks of the BBC dropping the BDO World Championships. Barry Hearn, the chairman of the PDC, will showcase some of the best dart players in the World within this weekend tournament. Favourite for this title is the young Dutchman, Michael van Gerwen. He is considered to be the best player in the world however there are several in the Champions League line-up that will give him a run for his money.
Current World Champion Gary Anderson, the 16 Time World Champion Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor and the two time world champion Adrian Lewis will all be eager to take the title. The current odds for each dart player can be found at 888sport.com
In the first round Michael will be facing Robert Thornton from Scotland. Robert is a former premier league player and is capable of beating all the players within the Champions League. However his current form would suggest this match might be one-sided in favour of Michael.
Phil Taylor will face Peter Wright the most flamboyant player on the PDC darts circuit. Peter has yet to win a major PDC title however he has beaten Phil on serval occasions and made it to the PDC World Final in 2014. Peter’s recent form could make him a good outsider for this year’s title.
Gary Anderson the current PDC World Champion faces his prodigy Michael Smith. Michael is a former youth champion and has been backed by Anderson but is it time for the sorcerer’s apprentice to take the lead? Michael is more than capable of defeating his sponsor and has shown his form at the world championships by beating the 16 time world champion Phil Taylor. Maybe it is time for Michael to step out of the wings of Gary and fly!
Adrian Lewis the two time back to back PDC world darts champions faces James Wade in the first round of the Champions league. James has won several major PDC titles within his career and is more than capable of taking the title, however this match will be a hard one to call as both players have recently had their own share of success and defeats.
The true winner of the Champions league will be the darts fans as once again the BBC will be showcasing top level darts on terrestrial TV.