Hearn Shares Thoughts On 2020 Premier League Plans
Barry Hearn has indicated that the “Contenders” addition to the 2019 Unibet Premier League, is almost certain to continue into the 2020 campaign.
In an interview with Metro.co.uk Hearn confirmed that the idea will be put to the PDC board as part of the agenda for their next meeting, where he expects the plan to be unanimously accepted.
Hearn also threw a potential curveball by suggesting that participating contenders could vie for a spot in the 2021 Premier League by “playing off” against each other.
“There’s a school of thought, a possibility, that the first section of the Premier League, we’ll do the contenders, and the second section, those contenders play off amongst themselves as a contender series within the Premier League, with the winner getting a Premier League spot”.
Gary Anderson’s withdrawal due to injury saw nine different men replace him over nine Premier League nights. While memorable matches were played, not least John Henderson securing a draw with Michael van Gerwen in front of a partisan Aberdeen crowd, a contender didn’t pick up a win against a Premier League participant.
But the Premier League is certainly evolving, and its come a long way since the first staging at the King’s Hall, Stoke on Trent, back in 2005.