Keith Deller is on board for a potential PDC Seniors Tour.

Seniors events have been popular in the past; their zenith was the 2008 League of Legends. Back when the name was synonymous with darts and not e-Sports, the Premier League-style BetFred League of Legends was broadcast on Setanta Sports. Fast-forward 11 years, and League of Legends runner-up Deller believes that many old hands could make a tour work.

“I think we could do one. “I see on Twitter all the time ‘why don’t we?’

“When we had the Legends on Setanta Sport we had venues full up, alright, not as big as the arenas but we were getting eight hundred to a thousand people,” Deller told Live Darts.

“I understand in golf because when they’re 50 they’re still coming off the tour and that works really well.

“I’ve seen in snooker, without disrespecting too many guys, some of the names there, I don’t even know who they were.

“Darts, you could put 16 in and everyone would know all the players.”

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Household names

1983 world champion Deller, now 59, would be one of the leading lights of a Senior Tour. Big names rolled off the Suffolk star’s tongue as thoughts of a tour gathered pace.

“If there was one, I would start putting in three or four hours a day of practice and get into a routine because you don’t want to let yourself down on TV,” he said.

“I think it could be on TV, I don’t understand why not.

“If you look at the players we could have: Phil Taylor, Raymond [Van Barneveld], Dennis Priestley, myself, Bob Anderson, Peter Manley, there’s loads of players you could put in that would sell tickets.

“It would be a good standard, no doubt about it, these boys would practice hard for it because at the end of the day it’s pride.”

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Author: Ed McCosh