Increase Dart Players Sponsorship Opportunities
In this financial climate, sportsmen need all the help, and that could not be more true for players in the sport of darts. Currently, non PDPA dart players face abhorrent restrictions as to the exposure they can give sponsors on the big stages, which severely affect their chances to obtain sponsorship in the first place. This in turn is hindering and even preventing so many talented players from being able to fulfil their dreams and potential as they cannot obtain the backing required to work their way up the sport as there is little incentive for backers to do so, if they are unable to get any exposure on the biggest stage. Which, in turn, can only damage the sport itself. It has been shown outside the BDO and WDF that a much more reasonable agreement can be made between players and the governing bodies for the participants to display sponsorship badges without compromising the game in any way, shape or form. Whilst it is acknowledged that the increase in the recent Masters event was a step in the right direction, we the undersigned believe there is simply no reason to stall any further on this matter in light of recent changes to the BDO governing body and subsequent impact this will have on the WDF too. We believe it is important for the BDO and WDF to modernise in this area and match the levels that have already been shown to work and allow players FOUR of their own badges in TV tournaments when playing and elsewhere, in addition to the TV and tournament sponsors. Two of these being allocated on the sleeve and four on the shirt (two on the left, two on the right). We, the undersigned believe this is a crucial and immediate step required to secure the longevity of its players within the system and to inject the finances into this side of the sport that are badly required.