Michael van Gerwen started of 2017 as he finished 2016 with another championship win. This time however it was the biggest prize of them all the PDC world Darts Championships.
The PDC, chairman Barry Hearn has taken the sport of darts and made it a spectator’s sport like no other. Fans both at massive 10,000 set venues want more and TV views just can’t get enough. I too was converted to Sky Sport just for the darts coverage alone.
Mr Hearn announced at the beginning of the 2017 darts season a massive £11.2 million in prize money for players on the PDC darts circuit. There will be TV courage as per last year both on Sky Sports as well as fee to air TV in the UK and many more channels across the World. It is probable the best example to any sport that if you put the right people in charge the sport can grow beyond all expectations.
Well what of the BDO, two new World Champions. Firstly, Glen Durrant, the BDO No.1 who narrowly escaped a defeat in the second round of the Lakeside World Championships to Paul Hogan but went on to lift the trophy every dart player would want to lift in their career. Not surprising Glen is now considering the more lucrative career in the PDC.
The women’s Lakeside World Final was won for the third time by Lisa Ashton. The Women’s competition got a good TV coverage this year on channel 4. The ladies, however, also have the added extra pressure to perform to the highest level seemingly to justify the broadcast of the championships, which is a shame. This year’s overall performance saw some great darts but unfortunately some less spectacular which could be seen in many a local round the UK and I was left less impressed than I have seen them before.
So, what of the 2017 prize funds? The Winner of the William Hill PDC £350,000, the men’s Lakeside BDO £100,000 and the ladies £12,000. There is no competition when it comes to the money side of darts the PDC presently wins hands down a bit like a premier league if you compare this to football.
Anyway, here is to 2017, the PDC are on full throttle, The BDO have a new management team to help promote BDO darts and the Ladies, well I guess little change; however, I hope the new BDO management do more promotion more in this area and certainly review the way to the World finalists are elected as I think this financially hinders players outside the EU. But it is all down to money and sponsorship which is in abundance in the PDC but not seemingly in the BDO
It seems Christmas can come early if you are a professional darts player on the PDC circuit as Barry Hearn, Chairman of the PDC, has announced a recording breaking prize fund on the PDC for the 2017.
The PDC prize fund for 2017 will rise to £11.2 million. Mr Hearn also announced a price freeze on ticket prices from next summer.
The William Hill World Darts Championship prize fund will rise from £1.65 Million to £1.8 million with £400,000 going to the event winner in 2017/2018, which is £50,000 more than the event winner will receive in this year event, 2016/2017.
The 2017 Betway Premier League prize fund will rise from £725,000 (2016) to £825,000 with the eventual champion winning £250,000. The BetVictor World Matchplay 2017 will have a prize fund of £500,000 with £115,000 going to the event winner.20/12/2016
WILLIAM HILL are to make charity donations of £9,000 to Parkinson's UK for every nine-dart finish achieved at the 2016/2017 William Hill PDC World Darts Championship.
PDC Chairman Barry Hearn has revealed that a further £20,000 bonus will be added for the nine-dart finish during this year's William Hill World Darts Championship. This make the nine-dart prize fund £25,000
The PDC have announced that more tickets will be available for 2017 William Hill World Darts Championships.
A further 100 tiered seats for EVERY session of the tournament going on sale for Tuesday 6th December. The PDC say this is an early Christmas present for fans looking to attend the sport's showpiece championship, the PDC have been able to release additional tickets for each of the 22 sessions. More information can be obtained from the PDC Office website.
Tickest sell fast so act now or lose out!
The festive season is almost here and one of the sporting highlights over the Christmas period is the 2017 Professional Darts Corporation World Championships, which will once again take place at the Alexandra Palace in London. The starting cast of 72 players from all over the globe will battle it out for the top prize of £350,000 and the opportunity to lift aloft the Sid Waddell Trophy in memory of the late, famed darts commentator.But can anyone stop 'Mighty Mike', Michael van Gerwen? ...
Lakeside have issued an important statement to anyone that has purchased tickets for the 2017 World Darts Champions. The time scheduled times for some of the matches will now be shown earlier than that shown on the tickets. Listed on the home page (BDO World Championships Event Details 2017) are the new scheduled start times. The changes are due to the broadcast TV schedule by Channel 4. More information and contact can be found on the Lakeside website.
Will Michael van Gerwen win his second World PDC Darts title in January 2017? The odds-on favourite has won a recording breaking 25 major PDC Darts titles during 2016 and the world title would be the icing on the cake. But who are the main threats this year…
Durrant dominated both the semi-finals and finals to take his second Masters title however is wasn’t as easy for Gulliver. Trina had to qualify for the Masters and had two very nervy TV rounds however she held her nerve to beat fellow England international Deta Hedman 5-2 in the final.
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The Grand Slam of Darts brings together rival players from the PDC and BDO in Wolverhampton this week where all eyes are on Michael Van Gerwen who is gunning for his 25th tournament win of the year. The rampaging Dutchmen looks unstoppable at the moment and bookmakers are taking no chances offering 8/11 for Van Gerwen to retain his crown.
Sad new for all dart fans to hear the passing of Dave Lanning Sports Commentor and pundit.
Dave was an iconic darts commentator and World on the BBC World of Sport, ITV Sport and Sky Sport. If he wasn’t recognisable to dart fans his voice was. A truly professional commentator and a credit to the sport of darts. Dave commented on the televised 9 dart finished achieved by John Lowe in the MFI championships (see here)
Dave will be missed by dart players and dart fans alike. He certainly made his name alongside the late Sid Waddell as a commentator with passion, knowledge and grace.
A bit of fun here has the PDC professional dart players take on the Unibet Challenge to beat the the Guinness World Records for the highest score achieved in one minute and the most inner and outer bullseyes in one minute!
Can you do any better?
Tickets for the 2017 BDO Lakeside World Professional Darts Championships go on sale from Saturday 27th August 2016 and are available only at www.lakesideworlddarts.co.uk/tickets.php.
The 2016-17 William Hill World Darts Championship will take place from 15th December – 2nd January at London's famous Alexandra Palace, with tickets on General Sale from 10am on Monday 25th July. So if you want to watch and experience the World’s best dart players at World best Darts Tournament then I suggest you book your ticket now to avoid disappointment.
Sky Sports will also be broadcasting this event live. For more information on how to book your tickets visit the Professional Darts Corporation Website.
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Tickets for the Betway 2017 PDC Premier League Darts events are on sale now. For more information please visit the PDC website.
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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.
While the show was on a quick hiatus after the fist-clenching World Matchplay, the popular TV show returns soon, picking up in Sydney and then Perth, Australia for the World Series.
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Michael van Gerwen retain the World Matchplay Title by beating the Phil Taylor in a dominate display at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool. Now the two time back to back winner of the Matchplay title Michael seems to be dominating the sport of darts just like Phil Taylor did serval years ago.
Phil Taylor was looking for his 16th World Match play title but it was clear after just a few legs that Michael was going to be too strong for Phil. Missed doubles cost Phil some early legs which Michael punished with his normal flair. Heading forward Phil considered he would have to improve to be a threat in future competitions.
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(Picture: Leight Rees The First Embassy World Professional Darts Champion)
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The Welsh Open Men's and Women's Champions - Scott Mitchell and Deta Hedman.
Scott beat fellow England international Glen Durrant 6-5 in a tight final. Meanwhile The Ladies England Captain Deta Hedman also had a to be on top form as she narrow beat Sharon Prins from the Netherlands 5-4
The youth titles went to Beau Greaves from England she beat Tamzin Parr from Wales 3 -0 and boys title went to Cavan Phillips from Wales he beat Jack Vincent from England 3-0
More information can be found on the Welsh Darts Organisation website