By John Lowe, Mar 8 2013 09:44AM
A few years ago I wrote, darts America is being lost, I blamed the invasion of the British, taking over the North American Open, branding it their own, and worse, running it their way, the old traditional way of entry , where players and teams could chose which event they wanted to enter, was changed, a lot of people would travel to Las Vegas, knowing they where not good enough to compete with the top players, or even the mid table players, but they still entered the blind draw doubles, in the hope they may draw a top player, their chance to play with the stars, that all changed and a one off entry fee to all events was introduced, entries dropped, and after a few years the event was lost, it was replaced with the Desert Classic, an event that would raise the profile of American Darts, but would it? it was screened on SKY TV in the UK, and Fox TV in America, when they had the time slot to do so, sadly it was all British, not a Stars and Stripes to be seen, not one American MC, or Caller, a piece of the Uk taken to America to promote a British product, it failed, and America was left with very little to replace the events lost. I beleived the PDC had given up on the growth of Darts America, I am pleased to say I was wrong, I received my copy of BEN. Bullseye News, today, and was delighted to read the news from the publishers...... The PDC have scheduled 10 Championship events, and prize money to include the top 64 at each event,a total of $132,800 on offer, they have also launched The North American Professional Players Association (NAPDPA) who will host a North american Open Championship in 2014, and finally, the road to televised darts in North America is getting shorter, the interest generated by David Irete, and his screening of NWDS events, have enthused 60 Minutes Sports, to air a speciall feature showing the Professional side of Darts America, I am delighted for the players, and the organisers, who never gave up on Darts America, and more than delighted to see the PDC have returned to promote the growth of the sport in the USA, all I ask now, is to let the American Organisers run their own events, introduce their own MC/Callers, make it truly America, they know what they are doing, and they are very good at it.