The PDC World Darts Championship starts this week – for glitz and all round glamour, you can’t really fault it, but in my opinion it’s the BDO Lakeside World Darts Championships in early January that holds the most interest.
You’d be hard pushed to argue that the PDC (Professional Darts Corporation) hasn’t got its act together financially and as a high profile marketing machine.
Today sees the start of their World Championships and Sky are offering wall-to-wall coverage of the tournament on a dedicated channel, which is great – if you have Sky Sports!
The quality of the darts thrown is also of a standard that cannot be questioned – it is of the highest quality and to be able to do that in front of a few thousand baying fans is even more impressive. I’ve been to see the Premier League of Darts in Bournemouth a few times and the atmosphere is electric.
The BDO (British Darts Organisation) on the other hand has a slightly more down to earth, humble approach to things. It caters for grass roots darts in the UK as well as organising major tournaments such as the Lakeside World Championships that start in just over two weeks on 3rd January 2015 – and do you know what? It’s on the BBC! For free 🙂
The quality of the darts (on the whole) may not always be up to the standard of the Sky Sports event, but they are genuine and you could conceivably see someone playing from your darts league on TV. No, seriously, you could. I’m not sure what the qualifying criteria is to play in the PDC World Championships, but to play in the BDO event, you just have to have accumulated enough qualifying points or play in one of the qualifying competitions – grass roots to World Champion – the way it should be.
“I have read your blog from various parts or Europe sat in hotel or Airport, an I do enjoy it. I sometimes even get a mention ! Our Wimborne League is very special an I’m proud to be a small part of it for over 10 years now. Your game against us after Xmas, no offence but I hope I’m not there, as it means I’m still at Lakeside !!! Be lucky an see you soon. Scotty”
Now, a little earlier I mentioned that you could possibly see a player from your local league playing in the BDO World Championships on TV. For those players who play in the Wimborne Minster Darts League, this is a reality.
Scott Mitchell, currently ranked world number two does actually play in ‘our’ league – because it’s ‘our’ league, that makes him ‘our’ Scott Mitchell! To be fair, I’ve suggested in the post title that Scott is my mate – that is pushing the realms of plausibility a bit – he once gave me some very good advice on how to remove moss from my lawn (on Facebook), but that is about as far as it goes really! Even so, everyone in the Wimborne Darts League will be rooting for ‘our’ Scott Mitchell to go all the way at the Lakeside this year.
Good luck Scott.
If you’ve enjoyed this post, please feel free to pass a comment below (Scott has), or maybe use it as an opportunity to pass on your best wishes to Scott.