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Another fine final.A deserving winner.Entertainment at it's best again.
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posted Jan 11, 2010
"but what the BBC coverage did show is it could learn A LOT from its Sky neighbours"As you said Illustrious - its like the football.
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who was the guy interviewing the players after matches? replace him for next year..
I don't think there's any doubt that the standard of play in the PDC is far higher than in the BDO. However for sheer drama personally I'd rather watch the BDO every year. You can see how much it means to the players and how tense they get up there. It's great to see the nerves get to them a bit and to see a proper battle where one guy has the edge then the other guy comes back into it and puts the pressure back on. It's brilliant tele. Plus the commentators on BBC are so much better than Sky IMO. The Sky boys are shouting away about any old rubbish, at least the BBC guys keep their calm a bit more and let you enjoy the show instead of trying to become the show.
You say darts is a working class sport, but this is so narrow minded. If darts wants to remain popular and grow, it has to get out of its old working mens club image. Im not from a working class background, does that mean i cant like darts?Personally I find the PDC'S SKY coverage as a bit OTT, and a bit contrived, but you also get the feeling that you are watching proper proffesional sport, not just something to watch as a distraction while drinking.I find it shocking that People like Martin Adams says in national newspapers he gets drunk in matches, because its part of the sport. I think this is what seperates BDO and PDC.PDC wants to push on and to validate itself as a legitimate sport... to push the players to provide better quality, and provide a more proffesional polished image, which if it hadnt in 1994, lack of sponsership funds and interest may have killed the proffessional game off.In short, the PDC may try to be over glamourous, but its this polished sheen that has been successful in bring the punters and media into the sport.The BDO is old fashioned, and id argue without the PDC saving darts, there would be no BDO!Let the BDO have its tournament, stuck in its time warp and silly old stich... it provides some entertainment on an otherwise boring list of rubbish tv.But lets not overstate it. Taylor is the World Champion
Sussexpob -You make valid points. The PDC has been very good for darts commercially. It has attracted younger fans, females who might have been intimidated by the old smoky environment, and people from a variety of backgrounds.I'm just stating my preference. I like the BDO environment better. I started watching in in the 80s pre-Taylor and it was that period that made me a darts fan. You may be different but the majority of those who have loved the sport for 20-odd years preferred it those days.This conundrum is not unique to darts. Those who loved football back in the 70s and 80s with terraces, no diving, down-to-earth footballers on reasonable salaries have largely been dismayed by the post-italia 90 commercialisation of the game with expensive tickets, and prima donnas looking for the next big pay rise. But I'm not going to pretend that Sky and the rest has not brought in a new audience and that the football is better. I just think the soul and the origins of the game have been diluted. Ditto with darts.It all comes down to what you prefer, but I will concede the PDC has been good for business
People say the BDO isnt exicting, did you not see the game between Woods and Wagner this year, went right down to a tie-breaker leg. Brilliant darts. When was the last time someone defended the BDO crown? Not recently i think
lotuslambo...No doubt that Lakeside provided more close matches, i can dispute that. I just think from a new persons perspective the PDC is more accessible.Personally I watch darts to appreciate the skill side of the game... the frequency they hit 60's and double, or move to random places around the board... the close match isnt as fulfilling for me!I find Taylor the man to watch then... i just chucke when he is on fire, he is that good.BDO still has a place in darts, that much I do know. Maybe if the BDO changed it could keep players, but the problem is, as you kinda say, change wouldnt be what you loved so why risk it.Each to their own.... it was a good tournament in the end, regardless of respective merits
Totally agree with this comment, too many critics are ready to write off the BDO without doing something you have done; i.e. look at the facts!
Excellent comments and very well made; yes the hollow sound was a bit irritating and the cameraman tried to be a bit too Ingmar Bergman but otherwise it was great. Darts is a great sport; the more (PDC or BDO) the merrier.
I am a female but don't think the PDC has done anything to attract women audience members; in particular the dancing girls at the World Championship (why?) and the offensive and sexist chanting is off putting. I did go to a couple of Premier League events and they were 95% young, drunk men Quite frightening and certainly not 'female friendly'. I noticed at the Lakeside that the audience was pretty evenly split and with no fear of any sexist rubbish being chanted (unless you count Tony Green and his 'ooh there's a lovely lass' etc etc).
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