The Future of
by Fred Everson
I envision that the future of steel tipped darts is inexorably linked to the Internet. I see matches being played between teams that are thousands of miles apart with scores being posted on computers, with players being able to watch digital images of darts being thrown at a board on other continents. The cameras are already out there, and they are inexpensive.
Imagine being able to challenge a team in Europe or Asia and play them from the dartboard in your own home. What about a worldwide Internet Dart League with divisions for every level of play? I think all of this lies in the near future – like next year, and not decades down the road.
The players are certainly out there. Type in the word “darts” on any good Internet search engine and you will see what I am talking about. All we need is to get discovered by the mainstream media in the United States, as dart players already have in Great Britain.
Nor do I think we need to change the image of the game or clean it up. Darts is a pub game, associated with beer drinking and tobacco. We need not make excuses for it. It’s good clean fun. Enjoying a pint, and a good smoke ought to be a matter of choice – exempt from interference from the government or religious fanaticism.
Games like golf and tennis are inexorably linked to income. So are most of the shooting sports. But in steel tipped darts we have a game where anyone can compete anyone else.
A player can raise the level of his game through practice at home without having to rely on a partner, a coach, or any expense beyond the cost of a dartboard and a set of darts. We are all equal when we step up to the line. The target is small, but the distance is short. Hand-eye coordination overrules age, sex, height and strength. And the two hundred dollar set of darts will not make a mediocre player good, nor will a two-dollar set of brass darts be a serious impediment to a great player. Here you can either throw good darts or you can’t. And even the best players aren’t unbeatable every night. Why English Darts is not the most popular game in the world is beyond me. But that could change, and if it does, I hope to be a part of it.