Following the conclusion of the 2020 BDO World Professional Darts Championship we want to take this chance to thank everybody concerned, from these working tirelessly behind the scenes to the gamers themselves and additional congratulate this yr’s champions Wayne Warren, Mikuru Suzuki and Keane Barry.
These previous few weeks have been extraordinarily troublesome for the BDO. We have needed to make robust selections, such as lowering the prize fund for the 2020 BDO World Championships, and though they weren’t undertaken evenly, they had been made in the very best curiosity of the corporate, the members and transferring ahead, the gamers.
We recognize the endurance the gamers have proven throughout this occasion and can verify precise prize monies inside the subsequent 24 hours – there’s a minimal prize fund already in place nonetheless, as mentioned with the gamers, we hope to enhance on this and we’re at the moment working with out ticketing brokers to determine an correct overview over this yr’s occasion.
Despite the difficulties we confronted, total, we felt the occasion was successful. As in earlier years, the attendance ranges for some periods had been low, however this quickly picked up and total the environment and assist proven by followers and supporters was superb. The new venue was properly obtained we’ve got had loads of constructive suggestions from gamers and followers alike. We realise there have been a number of minor points with the manufacturing these will likely be ironed out over the approaching months in time for our subsequent main occasion, the 2020 BDO World Trophy.
The BDO Board of Directors will likely be arranging a gathering for late January/early February the place we will likely be signing off the earlier yr’s accounts. We can even look to releasing dates, venue and TV data for the 2020 BDO World Trophy, the 2020 one80 L-style World Masters and the 2021 BDO World Professional Darts Championship.
As a few of chances are you’ll already know the BDO has now parted firm with our business advisors Sportotal, the BDO Board of Directors obtained termination of contract from Sportotal on 24 December 2019] This will now unencumber a substantial quantity of expenditure for 2020 and permit us to take a position this money into different areas of the BDO and its tournaments.
During the final couple of weeks, a number of corporations have expressed an curiosity in sponsorship for the approaching yr. Unfortunately, it was too late to place these into place for this yr’s World Championships, however we’re proactively working in the direction of getting offers signed and sealed, which in flip may result in additional televised occasions throughout 2020/21, which we will likely be making public on the earliest doable alternative.
We are additionally wanting into different areas of the BDO that may generate income streams from our huge quantity of data, media and merchandise. These areas have been considerably underutilised previously and we glance to launch a number of new income streams over the approaching months. One such initiative is the lately launched app.
Understandably, lots of you may be sceptical, however the BDO is now in a much better place than it was a month in the past. 2019 noticed loads of our efforts go into securing venues for future occasions and with these now in place, we can present data a lot sooner than in earlier years, refocus our attentions on different areas of the BDO and guarantee all future features of match data will likely be clear to all gamers and supporters alike.
To additional help gamers inside the BDO system, we can even be appointing participant liaison and will likely be creating an space for gamers on the web site, which can embrace all essential data on tournaments and future occasions.
We want to take this chance to thank all of the gamers, counties and members for his or her continued assist and we might additionally wish to thank everybody who got here alongside and supported our product at this yr’s World Championships. We would additionally wish to thank the BDO group who present their time totally free to make sure these and different BDO occasions proceed to run.
On a remaining notice we want to verify that the BDO is now in a really robust place transferring ahead and we’re wanting ahead to a really vivid and affluent 2020.