The Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) has launched a new ‘Home Tour’, which will create 32 consecutive nights of live darts amid the sporting cancellations and suspensions precipitated by the coronavirus lockdown.
The organisation promises fans the chance to watch elite level darts played out from players’ living rooms and broadcast through live video calls as part of the PDC’s first ever home-staged event.
“It gives me great excitement that we are able to deliver live darts to fans in these unprecedented times,” said Barry Hearn, Chairman, PDC.
“We’ve spent the last few weeks planning and looking at what is possible, and I’m delighted to be able to present a concept which gives all Tour Card Holders the opportunity to take part.
“The PDC Home Tour will provide a regular supply of live sport to fans, showcasing the talent and unique characters of our players to both existing and new audiences.
“The event will also give players a chance to play competitive darts in this down period in preparation for the return to normal action, whenever that may be.”
The organisation says a nightly league format will see four competitors play each other once in matches played over the best of nine legs, with a winner crowned each night. That will last for 32 consecutive days, and after the conclusion of the initial league phase action, each of the 32 group winners will advance to the second phase of the competition.
Events will take place every night and will feature darts commentator Dan Dawson talk through proceedings, while live score graphics will also be available on screen.
The PDC says the action will be broadcast on its PDCTV OTT platform and will be free to all registered users, while coverage will also be shown live through a series of bookmakers’ websites.