The stated purpose of the agreement was to promote the freedom of individual darts players to participate freely in open competition.
Despite the Tomlin Order, eligibility for tournaments is somewhat complicated and possibly controversial.
Players therefore usually have to choose whether to be affiliated to the PDC or the BDO and stay within the jurisdiction of that organisation.
However, there are notable exceptions. Another exception is made for major Dutch televised tournaments. Three more top Dutch players joined the PDC in January which adds more confusion to player eligibility rules for these events.
The Grand Slam of Darts organised by the PDC is the first major tournament staged in the United Kingdom to feature players from both sides of the darting divide.
Inaugurated in it also featured a return to darts broadcasting for ITV and in was broadcast exclusively live on ITV4. Phil Taylor won the competition in , , and BDO member Scott Waites won the title in Opinion is split as to which is the most prestigious title to win.
The prize money is far greater in the PDC World Championship and the field contains the majority of the best players in the world. However the British Darts Organisation title has been in existence since and is generally better known to the UK public due to its coverage on the BBC.
At the time of the split itself all the previous World Champions and top ranked players left to join the WDC. Between April and June , the WDC needed to find as much money as possible to fund their legal action against the BDO, which was being taken in order to remove the blanket ban on their players passed at the April Finchley meeting.
As a result of the financial difficulties for the WDC at this time, the period was about survival and consolidation for the WDC rather than growth and expansion.
The World Championship featured a group stage which guaranteed at least two television appearances for its players. Several of these players, including Jocky Wilson , who retired shortly after the split in , Eric Bristow , Keith Deller and Cliff Lazarenko , had all been in a downward spiral of form for a few years.
The group stage at the PDC World Championship was scrapped for the championship, and the tournament has been conducted in a single elimination format since then with the number of participants gradually increasing.
The BDO began to bring through several players from their county system which continued to improve the standard of the organisation which had been decimated by the split.
In recent years, numerous high-profile BDO players have "defected" to the PDC , attracted by the greater prize money on offer. This is perceived as having widened the gap in quality between the two organisations, to the extent that in one commentator described the BDO as "mostly an unwilling feeder to the PDC: There is no definitive World Champion in the game, and players from the rival organisations rarely face each other, except in the Grand Slam of Darts , to which the top BDO players are invited.
Raymond van Barneveld in and Andy Fordham in Waites is the only BDO player to reach the final of the event. On 23 August , under new chairman Derek Jacklin , the BDO made the decision to modify their eligibility rules .
All PDC tour card holders were now permitted to enter BDO events, with the rule changes coming into effect on October 1st of the same year.
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