Discussion in 'General Dart Talk' started by KopRalph11, Jun 26, 2019.
An interesting article 17 million Americans play darts: so where are the world-class stars?
Yeah. haha. A British friend of mine gave me the link soon after the article came out. It is getting hammered on the FB group.
Ducks, what do you mean “hammered?”
It’s pretty spot on I think. Much the same way it was for Great Britain and Europe in golf 35 years ago. Then the European PGA narrowed its vision, figured out ways to get the players over here to play. Then after the guys, and later the gals, came over to play here and they began to compete in similar standard. Then they went on to win the Ryder Cup. After that they started to believe they “belonged.” It takes way more than just being able to hit a golf ball straight to be a great player. The same can be said for darts, pool, tennis, and on and on.
Thanks for sharing Ralph!
It just seems there are a lot of critical comments about the article on the FB group I shared it on.
That’s too bad! I suppose it may strike too close to home. That’s usually what gets people spiteful I think.
My very quick take. In the mid-80's we had the Lucky Lights Tour. Now they wouldn't be allowed to sponsor anything as a cigarette manufacturer. Big advertisers only consider darts to be associated with alcohol and smoking so, there's no money to be had. When I toured in the 80's sponsors would help with travel costs (which, even at much lower levels than today, still ate most of everything you earned). I had three years in a row (85-87) where I made (barely) 5-digits just from playing in local blind draws. A nice extra when you're basically out having fun, but certainly not enough to live on really. Plus, since I was actually a 6-digit programmer, it made zero sense to quit my day job to get any better than I was! Then, when you add the above lack of income potential to the fact that ALL the land area of Great Britain (93,628 sq. miles) is 5,000 sq. miles less than just the land area of ONLY the state of Oregon in the U.S. (98,466 sq. miles), you can see why it's not financially feasible to travel to all the tournaments needed to be really good.
Right on Craig! That’s why when it worked for the European PGA it was the organization behind the players and not just the individuals. Seve Ballesteros was the flagship then. That’s what made it even more impressive for guys like Gary Player(South Africa) and Roberto deVicenzo(Argentina) to make it here virtually on their own. Besides, being in the top 200 in the world at anything is an achievement. If it were easy everybody would be really good.
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