Chris Mason: "There is a lot of people who are gonna struggle over the next few months"

Thursday, March 26th, 2020 3:33pm

Former darts player Chris Mason spoke about the financial implications the postponement of darts tournaments may have on players.

Darts have seen a number of high profile events postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. A statement on the PDC website announced that several Unibet Premier League nights will be rescheduled for a later date: "The Unibet Premier League nights planned for Manchester, Berlin and Birmingham during April are the latest events to be postponed.

"With worldwide restrictions continuing, the postponements mean that all five planned Premier League nights in April will now be rearranged, following Monday's announcement that the visits to Belfast and Sheffield will not take place as initially scheduled."

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The statement continued: "The changes mean that at least eight Unibet Premier League nights will now be rescheduled, with the five April dates following the postponements of the visit to Newcastle and the Rotterdam double-header in March."

Speaking about the news on Love Sport Radio, former World Championship quarter-finalist now turned pundit, Chris Mason, was asked how darts players will cope financial with events being postponed.

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"I mean fortunately the guys in the Premier League are at the elite end of the sport and they you know, they're all pretty much financially secure and they, unlike sort of 'Dave' who works on a building site and is self-employed- he will struggle- these guys are in a very privileged position so they'll be alright.

"But the rest of the guys on the tour that rely on the Euro tour events on the weekends and the ranking events where they can pick up sort of 500 quid here and a 1000 quid there, they're the ones that are going to find it really tough right now. 

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"And like most self-employed people my heart goes out to them because there's still a lot of confusion out there and you know there is a lot of people who are gonna struggle over the next few months.

"The Premier League boys certainly won't be one of them, they've got plenty of money."

Mason did however see one aspect where those at the top of the game might be worse off.

"What might suffer is their game. They are practising a lot, you're seeing a lot of them doing these three challenges, I've seen people doing it through a toilet roll and the three ball challenge and they're just keeping yourself busy and it's very entertaining on social media that's for sure. 

"But they will come out fairly rusty."

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