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• Three-year, nine event deal agreed between Eurosport and the British Darts Organisation
• Agreement starts in January 2019 with the BDO Lakeside World Professional Darts Championships
• Eurosport to offer exclusive coverage for darts fans
• Live and highlights terrestrial coverage on Quest in the UK
Eurosport has penned a multi-market deal to exclusively screen the biggest and best Major tournaments in the British Darts Organisation (BDO) calendar for the next three years.
Starting from January 2019, darts fans in the United Kingdom, Netherlands and Australia will be able to watch the three highest-profile tournaments in the BDO calendar – the World Professional Darts Championships in January, this summer’s World Darts Trophy and the BDO World Masters in October – exclusively live on Eurosport.
Discovery-owned free-to-air channel Quest TV will share rights to each tournament with Eurosport in the United Kingdom.
Emir Osmanbegovic, Eurosport SVP Sports Content & Production, said: “We’re delighted to secure world-class action for these three darts-crazy markets.
“Darts offers unscripted drama and an incredible spectacle. We are looking forward to bringing this theatre to millions of darts fans in the UK, Netherlands and Australia.”
Eurosport’s BDO coverage begins on 5 January 2019 with the Lakeside World Professional Darts Championships from Frimley Green near London. In 2018, in a memorable final Englishman Glen Durrant picked up the £100,000 winners’ cheque after narrowly beating compatriot Mark McGeeney, to retain the World Title. Can he make it three in a row in 2019..
Likewise, after winning the thrilling final in 2018 against Anastasia Dobromyslova 4-time winner Lisa Ashton is returning in 2019 to try and make it three in a row.
Des Jacklin, Chairman of the BDO, said: “Eurosport have for many years been a great broadcast partner and supporter of the BDO. It is fantastic to see them get the opportunity to show the BDO World Professional Darts Championships in the UK for the first time and to give us a nine event three-year commitment for the UK, Netherlands and Australia. The live terrestrial coverage on Quest continues the tradition of the BDO World Professional Darts Championships having been broadcast on a terrestrial channel for 41 years”.
BDO events to be screened in the UK (plus Quest TV), Netherlands and Australia in 2019:
5-13 January 2019: BDO Lakeside World Professional Darts Championships
31 August-1 September 2019: BDO World Darts Trophy
25-27 October 2019: Winmau World Masters