Eurosport scores British Darts rights
October 30, 2018
By Nik Roseveare
Eurosport has agreed a multi-market deal to exclusively screen the Major tournaments in the British Darts Organisation (BDO) calendar for the next three years.
Starting from January 2019, darts viewers in the UK, 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 September – exclusively live on Eurosport.
Discovery-owned free-to-air channel Quest TV will share rights to each tournament with Eurosport in the UK.
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 January 5th 2019 with the Lakeside World Professional Darts Championships from Frimley Green near London.
Des Jacklin, Chairman of the BDO, added: “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”.