LONDON – (Staff Report from Official News Release) – One of the world’s most engaging games of skill, speed and excitement is now bringing its elite players to a U.S. audience for the first time, as BBC AMERICA launches 16 weeks of coverage originating in Europe, tagged Thursday Night Darts: Premier League 2018, starting February 1st. Earlier that day, the weekly competition will stream live on BBCAmerica.com.
Trending globally on Twitter this past New Year’s Day, the final showdown of the World Darts Championship action revealed the 10 darts superstars who will go to battle in the Premier League starting February 1 in Dublin, Ireland.
Premier League Champion Michael van Gerwen aka “Mighty Mike” will face new World Champion Rob Cross aka “Voltage” on opening night. The ten stars of darts will face each other weekly heading into May’s Play-Offs in London, where the top four will compete for the title.
BBCA is now the U.S. home to the world’s biggest darts tournaments. A fan-fueled fringe sport phenomenon, darts is second only to football (aka soccer) as a televised sport in the UK. It has the spectacle of wrestling, the stakes of poker and it has fans beyond anything you’ve seen in their enthusiasm. It’s rowdy, it’s skillful and now Americans have a shot at witnessing the best in the game with BBC AMERICA’s Thursday Night Darts: Premier League 2018.
On darts coming to BBC AMERICA, Sarah Barnett, BBCA President, commented: “Darts is a fringe sport like no other – it appeals to the obsessive soccer fan, requires the skill of poker and has some of the high entertainment quota of wrestling. As home to some of the world’s largest global franchises, adding a unique, world class sport to BBCA’s fresh and entertaining line up feels exactly right.”