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The Sun: Rumors of BDO Defections

According to this Phil Lanning article at The Sun, the BDO’s Mark Webster and Gary Anderson, along with other big name prospects, are “set to join bitter rivals the PDC.”

According to the Sun article, by Phil Lanning, the defection will take place after the BDO World Championships ends.

The article goes on to say that if top seed Anderson wins the BDO title, he will then join the PDC, and current BDO Champion Webster will join the rival organisation after his attempt to defend the title.

From the article:

Another former champ Andy Fordham is also thrashing out a deal to go to the PDC.

Tony O’Shea, currently No2 in the BDO rankings, is another top class player ready to join the high-earning stars of Barry Hearn’s PDC empire.

An oche insider said: “There’s little doubt that the PDC and Sky Sports is the elite place to play darts.

“The prize money in the PDC for 2009 is now £5million which is well over five times what it is in the BDO.

“Even now the prize money pot for the World Championship, there’s a massive gulf between the two. The PDC was £740,000 while the BDO is £320,000. The PDC World Championship prize money for 2010 goes up to £1million – just for one event.

“The BDO players aren’t daft. They could go to the PDC, win the same amount of events and become a millionaire in two years.”

Other top names from the BDO have migrated to the greener side of the fence in the recent past including Raymond van Barneveld, Vincent van der Voort, Michael van Gerwen, Robert Thornton, Co Stompe, Mervyn King and Jelle Klaasen, but the migrations haven’t been all a one way street. Some PDC darters have also rejoined the BDO, Steve Coote and Shayne Burgess, after not reaching the level of success they had previously in the BDO. Sometimes the grass IS greener on your side of the fence.

For the entire original Sun article, please visit here.

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