PDC Chairman Barry Hearn believes that the sky’s the limit for his ambitions for the future of darts and that in ten years, it could be even more special than it is now.
Speaking on the Darts Show Podcast, Hearn discussed the wider appeal of the sport which will hopefully stretch across the world in time.
“Financially it was a great buy, but more importantly, the fun I’ve had out of it – the joy I’ve had watching it grow. I honestly think I’ve only just scratched the surface, I really do,” Hearn said.
“Give me another 10 years and I think we can do something quite remarkable, because here is a sport that anyone can play. There are no barriers to entry.”
“You can stick a dartboard up in your bedroom, you can stick a dartboard up in your garage, but there’s a structure in place where you can join developmental tours, you can see whether you want to play.
“Once the amateur organisation gets better organised, then we will have the complete picture there. It’s a game that can spread all over the world and it should do and it will do.”
Hearn’s hopes for “huge opportunity” in Asia
This wider appeal includes Asia with the PDC Asian Tour being a real success story so far with the likes of veteran Paul Lim; playing alongside the likes of Seigo Asada, Lourence Ilagan and Noel Malicdem.
For Hearn, he hopes that he can make darts as big as snooker is in Asia and in particular China which he believes could be a hotbed for the future of darts.
“We have always been prepared to invest in things we believe in. The Asian Tour has started and gone well – Asia represents a huge opportunity to us,” he added.
“Darts is one of the approved national sports in China, if it takes off like Snooker did, we have a huge business just there alone.
“Everywhere we go, people always say: ‘Wow, I never realised it was that good’. If we can spread the actual infrastructure of people participating in the game, we get the benefits of both participation and TV ratings and it’s very difficult for it not to be a success.”Tags: Barry Hearn
Author: Samuel Gill