The hostility between the rival darts organisations intensified last night after the British Darts Organisation (BDO) threatened legal action to prevent some of its players from defecting to the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC). Mervyn King, who is among the four players who are expected to defect, has threatened to leave the BDO before playing his semi-final of the World Championship tomorrow because of the abuse he faced after the story in The Times yesterday.
The BDO is angry that Jelle Klaasen and Michael van Gerwen, the talented Dutchmen, have decided to move across for the potentially richer sums available at the PDC. They will be joined by their compatriot, Vincent van der Voort, but the BDO?s main contention is with King, who came back from three sets down to beat Tony Eccles 5-4 at the Lakeside Country Club in Frimley Green, Surrey, last night. He will play Martin Adams, the No 1 seed, who defeated Ted Hankey 5-3.
All BDO players have signed a contract which states that, should they reach the semi-final of the World Championship, they will play in the tournament the next year. Should they lift the trophy, they are contracted to play in the BDO competition for the next three years. ?If Mervyn moves, it will lead to a lawsuit, even if it costs us thousands,? Olly Croft, the managing director of the BDO, said. ?Money is a big part of it. I love King. If he goes then I cannot believe him again.?
(Read the entire article at The Times Online.)