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Darts World Cup 2020: This is what the darts professionals deserve

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If the Alexandra Palace bursting at the seams in north London, the most famous of all callers 'The Voice' Russ Bray with his smoky voice screams “Onehundred and eighty!” and not always athletic-looking athletes to the martial music of the 90s and 80s his own Walk on celebrate, then it's back to the Darts World Cup.

The highlight of the darts season will once again cast a spell over hundreds of thousands this year when, from December 13, 2019 to January 1, 2020 the PDC World Darts Champion 2020 in the Ally Pally is played out. The The sport is booming darts (in German often also Darts called), which is evident, for example, in the increased TV presence and quite considerable audience ratings, is also reflected in the financial area.

Prize money, sponsorship income and fees for show competitions, so-called Exhibitions, have increased enormously in recent years, so that now some players can live from their sport - but only the best of the best. But what does a darts professional actually earn? How is his 'salary' made up, how much influence does sporting success have on income and what possibilities are there to increase his wages?

When a good game pays off - prize money in darts

Even if the World Darts Federation (WDF) is the much older global umbrella organization, that applies Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) as the most important and significantly more prestigious organization. Again and again professional players switch to the PDC in order to get their careers going: After all, almost all of the tournaments broadcast on television are organized by the PDC and prominent players such as Michael van Gerwen, Raymond van Barneveld, Gary Anderson or Peter Wright also outside of one Are known to the professional public, belong to the association.

One of the largest and The most important sources of income for darts professionals are undoubtedly thePrize money, which the athletes through their participation and successes in important PDC tournaments like the Darts World Cup, the Grand Slam of Darts, the Premier League Darts, the World Match Play, the Masters and many other tournaments and tournament series. Due to the importance of the association, the PDC Order of Merit, which shows the tournament earnings of the players within the last two years in British pounds, in many places also as 'Officially unofficial' world rankings.

PDC Order of Merit: the top 10 of the current PDC money list

  1. Michael van Gerwen (The Netherlands): £ 1,491,750
  2. Rob Cross (England): £ 979,750
  3. Gerwyn Price (Wales): £ 689,250
  4. Michael Smith (England): £ 575,500
  5. Gary Anderson (Scotland): £ 536,500
  6. Daryl Gurney (Northern Ireland): £ 463,250
  7. Peter Wright (Scotland): £ 463,000
  8. James Wade (England): £ 432,750
  9. Ian White (England): £ 400,500
  10. Dave Chisnall (England): £ 389,750

What quickly becomes apparent: only the DutchMichael "Mighty Mike" van Gerwen 'Disturbs' the British dominance in the top 10. However, when it comes to bonuses, he clearly leaves all other players behind - even though the last two years have been rather mixed for him. In 2017 he scratched the 2 million mark.

The Austrians also had a rather weak yearScale Suljovic, the best German-speaking darters. He has fallen out of the top 10 and is currently in 11th place with 364,500 British pounds from the past two years. The best German darts player Max Hopp is currently in 24th place with prize money of 195,000 British pounds. Follow in the further course Gabriel Clemens (42nd place with £ 120,500), Martin Schindler (50th place with 93,000 British pounds) and the Austrians Zoran Lerchbacher (71st place with £ 41,500). Kevin Münch, the two-time world champion at the 2018 World Cup, completely surprising Adrian Lewis thrown out of the tournament in the first round, something has disappeared from view with 154th place and a PDC prize money of 3,000 British pounds.

Dutchman Raymond "Barney" van Barneveld, after Phil "The Power" Taylor, the most famous darts personality of the past 15 years, is now only 40th on the current PDC money list with 126,750 British pounds. The 52-year-old has passed his performance peak, is constantly playing in pain, has changed focus in his life. B. with joy for his grandson and has consequently announced that to end his career after the 2020 World Cup.

Speaking of which Phil Taylor: Since the most successful player of all time, withdrew from professional sport after the 2018 World Cup, he no longer appears in the current darts world rankings. In the all-time prize money ranking, he was recently replaced at the top by Michael van Gerwen. While Taylor stayed here at just under 9 million euros, van Gerwen has now cracked the 9 million. Although the Dutchman has only won the darts world title three times and has otherwise won significantly fewer tournaments than him 16-time world champion Phil Taylor, van Gerwen benefits from the boom in recent years. Because this has ensured that the prize money in darts has skyrocketed. "The Green Machine", as van Gerwen is also called because of his green shirt and his precise game, had to win far fewer tournaments to overtake the previous record earner Taylor.

Other sources of income - how darts professionals improve their salaries

Incidentally, Phil Taylor's withdrawal from professional sport did not mean that darts as a source of money for him dried up. Prize money from official tournaments is no longer added, but Taylor plays numerous exhibitions and show tournaments. So he is z. B. also on January 4, 2020 at the ProSieben Celebrity Darts World Cup compete on German television. All of these appearances are well paid. Top players receive for participating in one Exhibition between 10,000 and 15,000 euros, a record world champion probably even more - especially with TV appearances in front of an audience of millions.

Those who do not belong to the absolute top of the world, but find themselves in the top 20 of the ranking list, can count on 2,000 to 3,000 euros per show fight; the players in the further course of the list have to be satisfied with 500 to 1,000 euros. Of course, the same applies here: Big names draw. Even if, for example, a van Barneveld is no longer one of the 20 best players in the PDC, he will certainly not compete for 1,000 euros.

Another source of income are Sponsorship contracts. Phil Taylor is said to be on a five-year contract with Target darts allegedly pocketed £ 3 million. That should be the tip of the iceberg, however. Of course, all other players on the professional tour also have sponsorship or equipment contracts - but not with such a financial volume. One thing is clear: Success attracts sponsors, but other factors are also important. Peter "Snakebite" Wright is undoubtedly a successful player, but also stands out for his extravagant outfit: colorful shirts and pants in combination with a mohawk that is constantly shining in new colors and painted snake heads on the shaved sides of the skull. The darts bird of paradise has conquered the hearts of fans and is therefore more attractive for sponsors than some of the more staid players.

The recognition value also plays a role in the often gaudy and strikingly designed shirts the player plays a big role. Fans can use the so-called Playshirts of the stars and thus let their cash register ring a little. Your own darts and specially designed flights are also part of the Merchandising.

Of course, the professionals do not reveal the sums generated by these additional channels. So can it Assets of the players can only be estimated: Phil Taylor should own around 10 million euros, Michael van Gerwen around 8 million euros, Gary Anderson around 5 million euros, Peter Wright around 4 million euros and Mensur Suljovic a good 2 million euros. The total income earned through prize money, sponsorship contracts, exhibitions and merchandising is added up in any case. Due to the cost of living, participating in the professional tour and other investments, not all income is of course a direct component of the assets.

That can be added this winter: the prize money of the Darts World Cup 2020

The PDC Darts World Championships as the most important and prestigious tournament in darts can, as befits its status, also with the highest prize money wait up. A total of 2.5 million pounds sterling will be distributed to the players at the 2020 World Cup (with Fallon Sherrock from UK and Mikuru Suzuki from Japan, two women qualified for the World Cup). The winner of the world championship can become a half pound millionaire in one fell swoop.

The premiums for the Darts-MW 2020 in British pounds

  • Winner: £ 500,000
  • Final: £ 200,000
  • Semi-finals: £ 100,000
  • Quarter-finals: £ 50,000
  • 4th round: £ 35,000
  • 3rd round: £ 25,000
  • 2nd round: £ 15,000
  • 1st round: £ 7,500

Since the so-called 9-darter, So the throwing of 501 points with the lowest possible number of only nine arrows thrown represents a much acclaimed highlight, the PDC has also announced a special bonus for this performance. Whoever manages the perfect game or the perfect leg at the World Cup can get one Special payout of £ 25,000 looking forward. In the rather rare case that several players succeed in this feat during the tournament, the amount is divided among the respective athletes.

Conclusion: darts as a livelihood

Only the best of the best can really and exclusively live from the practice of their sport and everything related to it. Even those who come up with around 100,000 British pounds in prize money within the two-year evaluation usually need additional sources of income in order to make a living. Because what is quickly forgotten: The players usually pay for hotels, flights, managers and everything else related to tournament life in the darts circus out of their own pocket. If you want to concentrate fully on playing darts for a season, i.e. traveling from tournament to tournament and from show event to show event weekend after weekend, you have to come along Costs of around 50,000 euros calculate. In most cases, a large part of the prize money is immediately reinvested in the sport. The problem: if you want to achieve top results continuously, you have to organize your day-to-day work with training. Professionals stand on the board for around six hours a day to practice their skills from Oche, as the throw line in darts is called to improve. There is no time to do an additional job on a regular basis.

The boom of recent years has meant that, due to the increased prize money and other income, it is now, at least in theory, easier to make money with darts alone. On the other hand, the increased popularity, the presence on television and also the financial possibilities have increased the general interest to try yourself as a darts professional. The Competition has increased significantly and the level has increased particularly in terms of breadth. So you usually have to invest more time in training to be able to keep up - a vicious circle.

Who does not like z. B. a Michael van Gerwen is blessed with an exceptional talent, should not rely solely on the sport professionally and for a second mainstay to care. Kevin Münch, for example, learned the profession of landscape gardener and, in consultation with his employer, took a leave of absence for darts after his World Cup victory against Adrian Lewis - with the option of being able to return to the company at any time. A comfortable situation to have such an employer. The German junior player Nico Kurz works as an industrial mechanic and trains after work. He only won a few weeks ago by winning the Super League Darts Germany Qualified for the World Cup at the Ally Pally for the first time, makes his debut there against James Wilson and would face Joe Cullen, number 15 in the world, in a first round win in Round 2.

These examples show how it can be done and also make it clear that participating in the World Cup is no guarantee that you will be able to make a living from your sport - unlike, for example, in football, tennis or golf.

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