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News and Star: (BDO) as Unfashionable and Embarrassing as Ever.

It seems clear from his article that Patrick Hill of The News and Star online doesn’t really care for the BDO and doesn’t mind voicing his opinion on the matter. From the News and Star online article:

“Master promoter Barry Hearn has injected glitz, glamour and an air of boxing-like cool to the PDC circuit ? but the amateur BDO equivalent is still as unfashionable and embarrassing as ever. One browse of Saturday?s event on the BBC was rammed full of balding obesity, Wayne and Waynettas galore and enough gold-plated jewellery to make Mr T jealous.”

Source: NewsAndStar.co.uk:

Throwback to the dark ages
Published on 20/11/2007

Patrick Hill

The arrows bonanza which saw darts screened live on two terrestrial TV channels at the same time on Saturday should have been a rare victory for the sport ? but sadly it wasn?t.

The Professional Darts Corporation?s top stars Phil Taylor and Raymond Van Barneveld, as well as Carlisle-based Peter Manley, were battling to win the Grand Slam of Darts live on ITV ? the first time the channel has screened the sport live for nearly 20 years. And at the same time the British Darts Organisation?s World Masters tournament was live on BBC1.

Financially the sport is now booming and it makes sense that the more TV coverage it receives, the more popular it will become. But when was the last time you saw anyone stride up to the oche and play a game of 501 in the pub? There?s more than one reason for this, not least that the traditional boozers once full of players are now closing their doors because of a thirst for poncy fun pubs full of kidults and healthy meals.

But perhaps the biggest problem is the sport?s laughable image. Master promoter Barry Hearn has injected glitz, glamour and an air of boxing-like cool to the PDC circuit ? but the amateur BDO equivalent is still as unfashionable and embarrassing as ever. One browse of Saturday?s event on the BBC was rammed full of balding obesity, Wayne and Waynettas galore and enough gold-plated jewellery to make Mr T jealous. More like watching Jeremy Kyle than the slick blow for blow excitement of the PDC?s championship boxing-like product.

He may now be a teetotal shadow of his former self, but the sight of the BDO?s most famous star Andy Fordham is still enough to put anyone off darts ? and alcohol ? for life, while the BBC?s main pundit Bobby George is a joke figure flaunting tacky bling and a Cockney wideboy persona. The PDC and ITV are improving the image of darts with their polished and intelligent support but perhaps the BBC?s coverage of the BDO is doing more harm than good.

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