The PDC (short for Professional Darts Corporation) was originally formed in 1992 after several leading darts players formed a new breakaway group to rival the BDO. They were unhappy with the way the game was being run with dwindling sponsorship deals and fewer and fewer tournaments being broadcast on TV. This organisation has of course grown dramatically since that time and it’s now well and truly overtaken the BDO in terms of entertainment and quality.
Indeed the BDO is now a sad and tired looking organisation with many of it’s top players having left to join the PDC in recent years. The likes of Raymond van Barneveld, Mervyn King, Gary Anderson, Simon Whitlock and Mark Webster are now earning a lot more money playing in the PDC tournaments.
It’s a shame because I have a lot of affection for the BDO and still enjoy watching the World Championships and the Masters, but the fact is that most of the players are attracted to the money that’s on offer by the PDC. This is understandable of course, but I would much prefer to have a single code where the players from the BDO and PDC play in the same competitions all the time, but I think that is very unlikely to happen.
One thing I don’t really like about the PDC is the type of crowd it attracts. I’ve attended both BDO and PDC tournaments and I have to say that I don’t really feel comfortable sitting amongst a crowd of drunken idiots, which is basically what you get when you attend most PDC events. Of course there is beer and merriment in the BDO events, but it is a much friendlier atmosphere and the people who are there are usually genuine darts fans who are there to watch the darts first and foremost.
Overall though despite it’s flaws, I am a huge fan of the Professional Darts Corporation. It is now hugely entertaining with many of the best players in the world all taking part. You have regular tournaments being shown on TV and with so many good players playing each other on a regular basis, the quality is improving all the time. Indeed 100+ averages are now a lot more common than they used to be.
It’s not perfect of course. The commentators can be slightly annoying at times and the walk on girls are a little tacky and unnecessary, but overall I think the Professional Darts Corporation should be applauded for making darts popular once more. If this group hadn’t been formed back in 1992, darts would probably still be stuck in the dark ages.