The BDO have issued a short statement regarding the 2016 calendar and “…financial backing from new key sponsors”.
The Winmau World Masters will now be the-end-of-year marque event held on a new date (second weekend in December) and in a new venue, the Copper Box Arena in the Olympic Park, London. This new date will also include the Player’s end-of-season awards.
As well as the Winmau World Masters, the two other events in 2016 that should be considered majors are the BDO World Trophy and the BDO World Matchplay. These three majors will be complemented by four new events for the Top 16 players and some wildcards. No details of these events were given.
The statement also talks of new sponsorship from bigger brands and growth for all levels of the BDO, from County to Professional level. This writer certainly hopes that these claims of more money from bigger sponsors comes to pass and isn’t just bravado in the face of adversity.
Details of the new sponsors and new calendar for 2016 will be issued in the run-up to Lakeside 2016.
Within the statement, Sue Williams (Chairman of the BDO) says, “This is a new era for darts in Britain and I would like to thank all the people who have worked so hard over the last few months to make this happen. These are exciting times for the BDO and darts internationally. We look forward to the BDO growing from County to Professional level, backed by the biggest brands.”
The BDO’s followers and fans will be hoping this statement is the start of a regeneration for the BDO. It’s generally recognised that investment is needed to help bolster an aging infrastructure and create interest in the organisation. With increased interest would come a higher profile and even more funding. Hope springs eternal for followers and fans of the BDO.
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