Many people thought that the popularity of Darts would decline after the retirement of Phil Taylor. The Power has been the driving force in popularity of the sport for more than a decade and left a huge void behind. That has not been the case though and the next generation is taking things to the next level. With youngsters such as Van Den Bergh and Jamie Lewis challenging for the top-ranked tournaments, it looks like the old guard's reign is coming to an end.
Darts has been completely transformed over the last decade and it is now a professional sport rather than a pub game. The young players coming through take it more serious than previous generations due to the vast sums of money in prizes available. Instead of drinking and smoking while playing darts in the pub to practice, the young have taken the professional approach. The pints of lager has been replaced by water and they are willing to dedicate themselves to the sport.
One of the main reasons for Darts increased popularity over the last decade has been down to Barry Hearn. The promoter is now 69 years old and says he has never seen such interest in the sport before. Bookmakers are behind pouring money into the game due to the increase in demand for darts betting offers. Placing wagers on the outcome of matches has become a popular pastime for many fans. TV companies are also fully on board due to the record numbers that are tuning in to watch the Premier League Darts.
Premier League Darts is now big business and tickets to watch the event have all sold out in record time. There were more than 100,000 tickets available all paying at least 40 pounds per ticket which goes to show the staggering amounts it now generates. Add on top of that sponsorship and TV rights deals, Darts is one of the sports that it is now possible to get rich beyond imagination.
It is not just n the UK where the popularity is on the increase as all across Europe along with China are seeing a massive increase in demand. It means that the sport is the strongest it has ever been not only in terms of revenue along with popularity but also the talent that is coming through. Players like Jamie Lewis and Van Den Bergh are completely focused on improving their game and cut out things such as exhibitions in the pursuit of perfecting their play. The Power showed that if you dedicate and practice constantly you will eventually make it to the top and the younger players are following this model.
World Darts has never been in such a strong position before and with the increase in competition, it means that anyone can beat anyone ranking in the top 20. This has led to exciting games and due to the fact that more money is available, it has helped to improve the way that it is presented makes it more appealing. With China and the rest of Asia becoming involved in the sport, things have never looked so bright.