Mardle believes Premier League Challengers has 'run its course': "I was sticking up for it last year, this year it has kind of"

With the Premier League set to conclude with the Play-Offs in a months time, the question has been swirling around about the future of the Challengers/Contenders format.

Only one winner has been produced from this format which was spurned after Gary Anderson suffered an injury that put him out of contention.

Several pundits including Wayne Mardle have given their views about its future and believe it has 'run its course'.

"Do I think it has run its course? Do you know what, I was sticking up for it last year, this year it has kind of," said Mardle.

"The full-time players in the Premier League, I don't think they see it as anything any more. 'It's another game. I'd rather do without it'. That's the way they see it. Maybe, just maybe it has run its course.

"It maybe worked for a year and a bit, but that's about it."

Stuart Pyke also spoke about it on The Darts Show Podcast. "The other thing to consider is that the Contenders/Challengers came in because they were playing in front of big crowds in their home venues."

"So it was all about the crowd interaction, and playing in packed houses. Here we are in September, hoping that we'll be able to get fans back into darts venues quickly. That's what Matt Porter and the PDC will have to discuss. Is there sufficient appetite to give it another go? Will they go back to having 10, and two eliminated, which may yet be another option? Are two years enough? Will there be crowds?

"There's a lot to discuss. Personally, I'd go back to 10, with two eliminated. But a lot can happen between now and then."

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