Des Jacklin reveals reasoning behind contract that blighted BDO’s oldest major

During a problematic opening day of last week’s World Masters, a written contract emerged that players were urged to sign. 

The contract would – should they qualify for either the World Masters or the BDO World Championship – forbid them from electing to play in the PDC World Championship held at the Alexandra Palace in December.

Failure to comply would have resulted in a eligibility to receive World Masters prize money and could have led to further court action being taken.

The contract was supposedly aimed towards Slovenia’s Benjamin Pratnemer and the USA’s Danny Baggish who had both qualified for the PDC World Championship prior to heading to Gray’s for the World Masters.

BDO chairman, Des Jacklin explained to @WeeklyDartscast: “They presumed that they could play in this event and the story behind that is their managers contacted me three or four weeks ago, I explained that yes they were legally allowed to play in our event but we would not be allowing anybody that played in our event, that had they won, they would have no intentions of taking that spot and playing in our World Championship, especially in the new venue – the O2.

“So in order for that to happen, and in order for them to play in our event, I insisted that they signed a contract that gave up the other entry into the other event.

“I don’t think there was anything wrong with that, I think it was the right thing to do. “What I didn’t want to end up with was, somebody who wins the World Masters and then does not take that position and play at the O2.”

Subsequently, Pratnemer qualified for the televised stages of the World Masters, while Danny Baggish missed out in the final hurdle of qualifying.

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