THE BRITISH DARTS ORGANISATION are delighted to announce the signing of a new three-year, nine-event deal with dedicated sports broadcaster, Eurosport.
The ground-breaking agreement will see Eurosport screen all three BDO Majors – The BDO World Darts Trophy, The BDO World Masters and the BDO World Professional Darts Championships – for the next three years, commencing in January with the 2019 BDO World Professional Darts Championships.
Eurosport have long been a broadcasting partner of the BDO across the UK, Europe and globally but this exciting development will see Eurosport become our primary broadcaster and will bring live darts action to homes across the UK, The Netherlands and Australia.
Additionally, in a commitment to ensure the BDO World Professional Darts Championships are delivered terrestrially for the 42nd consecutive year, free-to-air channel Quest will share rights to each tournament with Eurosport, providing both live coverage and full highlights, which will be easily accessible in the UK via Eurosport and Quest Channels on Freeview, Freesat, cable and satellite and Eurosport Player.
Despite only being voted on as BDO Chairman / CEO in August, Des Jacklin and his team, alongside Sportotal, have been working hard behind the scenes to secure a broadcasting commitment which provides the foundation for a structured long term commercial strategy and allows the organisation to plan and commit to venues and much more in advance.
Des explained; ‘Even with the tight time constraints and the on-going pressure to announce details of the upcoming BDO World Professional Darts Championships, both myself and my team weren’t looking for a quick fix. We have been committed to securing this long-term broadcasting contract so we can focus our attentions on further improving the BDO for the players and supporters alike.
Eurosport have for many years been a great broadcast partner and supporter of the BDO. It is fantastic to see them get the opportunity to show the BDO World Professional Darts Championships in the UK for the first time and to give us a 9 event 3-year commitment to the UK, Netherlands and Australia.’
2019 BDO Major dates to be televised by Eurosport / Quest TV:
05/01-13/01 - BDO World Professional Championships
30/08-01/09 - BDO World Darts Trophy
25/10-27/10 - World Masters
About the BDO
Founded in 1973, THE BRITISH DARTS ORGANISATION (BDO) is the only World Darts Federation (WDF) recognised governing body for darts in Britain and through its ranking points, invitational table and tournament qualifying system is established globally as the world’s leading darts organisation. The BDO comprises sixty-six-member counties in Britain and has sixty-nine associate countries worldwide. The BDO represents darts from grass roots right through to the professional level and as such is fully committed to regulating, organising, promoting, staging, administrating and fostering darts nationally, and worldwide for men, women, boys and girls to ensure the on-going growth of the sport for all participants irrespective of gender, age or ability.
Eurosport is the number one sport destination in Europe, fuelling the passion of fans and connecting them with the greatest sports events in the world. As the Home of the Olympic Games in Europe, Eurosport delivered the ultimate Games experience for PyeongChang 2018 reaching both record linear and digital viewership across localized Eurosport services. Firmly established as the Home of Cycling, Grand Slam Tennis and Winter Sport, Eurosport channels – Eurosport 1, Eurosport 2 – reach 242 million cumulative subscribers across 75 countries in Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. Eurosport.com is Europe’s No 1 online sports news website with an average of 42 million unique users per month and, along with the Eurosport app (available on iOS and Android), the only place to watch Eurosport anytime online, on mobile and on tablet devices. Eurosport Events specializes in the management and promotion of international sporting events. More information is available by visiting corporate.eurosport.com.