Posted on December 19th, 2012
Hey everyone! I am back! Thanks to the guys here at DartsMad for letting take a few months off to write a book. It’s been a great journey through this whole process and I cannot wait until the book is published next year and everyone will be able to read it.
It was definitely a labor of love, as it was all about the game we all love….darts! Back in August, an Editorial Director from a publishing company happened across DartsMad and my articles. He then contacted me through my website and asked if I would be interested in writing a book about darts.
Of course I said “YES!” They felt that it would be well received and pretty much gave me Carte Blanche to do what I wanted to with it. The name was the only thing they chose and it will be called “The Ultimate Book of Darts” and it will be available from Skyhorse Publishing in the Spring of 2013. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on August 13th, 2012
Where have the days gone? The days where you could attend a tournament anywhere in the USA, win the singles event, and are given a huge trophy. Not to mention, a huge cheque to go with it!
If you were a male, you could win the Men’s Singles event at a $10k tournament and get a fat $1,000.00 cheque along with that huge trophy.
It was like that at tournaments all over the USA and a pre-requisite that your open singles event paid first place at least 10% of your total tournament payout for the win. Back then; a player could make a living with these winnings.
Gone also are the days of playing on a stage where you had anywhere from 400-600 people cheering you on. To those that play and do not know the history of darts in America, here is a small history lesson for you regarding the North American Open first created by the Southern California Darts Association. Read the rest of this entry »
Tags: Anne Kramer, Gerry McCarthy, John Kramer, Kathey Maloney, Kathy Kaprowich, Lorrie Verrier, Mandy Solomons, Maureen Flowers, North American Open Darts, Ray Fisher, Roger Carter, Stacy Bromberg, steve brown
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Posted on June 13th, 2012
For many years, the PDC has made quite a few attempts at moving itself into the world of North American darts and has met with limited success in the effort. There have been many debates as to the reason why, many online conversations, as well as a back and forth article reply between myself and Dick Allix that was posted in BullsEye News in 2011.
This year marks the PDC’s newest approach to darts in the North American market with the beginning of what is known as the North American Pro Tour. The tour kicks off with its first stop on the weekend of July 20-22, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The second stop is scheduled for the weekend of August 24-26, 2012 in London, Ontario Canada, and the third stop is scheduled for the weekend of September 7-9, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Each event will have an $18,000.00 total prize fund. There will be multiple events on Saturday followed up with a North American Pro Tour Championship singles event on Sunday with a format of best of 11 and a total prize payout of $10,000.00. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on February 21st, 2012
Hi again and welcome to the second edition of Darts in America. Today’s article is going to focus on a few new methods of darts promotion that have been going strong in all of 2011 and look promising for 2012, with the majority of listeners in America, however, everything is available to anyone in the world.
Introducing, first, the “podcast”. A podcast is a type of digital media consisting of an episodic series of audio or video files subscribed to and downloaded through web syndication. Podcasting is both a converged medium bringing together audio, the web and portable media players.
First, I would like to introduce you to the pioneer podcast group, Darts Around the World. Founded in August of 2010, Darts Around The World was made up of founding members, Evan Waterman, John Ronnholm and David Hascup. The show began with what seemed like morning radio shock jocks hyped up on caffeine with the overwhelming need to upstage each other. Adam Smith, author of The Thorn Report, joined on as a travel writer giving listeners insight into the travel side of darts. L. David Irete joined shortly after taking on the role as Director/Producer of the weekly podcast bringing a much needed balance and direction. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on September 16th, 2011
Article 1 - The Japanese Influence
Hello everyone! Before I get started on the first topic for Darts in America, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Anne Kramer and I have been playing competitive darts off and on since 1981. I love the game, I love the people and I love to spend my spare time promoting the game on any level that I can. I am also the person behind the darts website SleepyKramer.com. “Sleepy” is a nickname someone gave to me a long time ago. I used it a lot when chatting in online forums and for instant messaging, so when I decided to do my own site, the name just stuck with me. Somewhere along the travels on the internet superhighway, I met up with Lee here on DartsMad. I think it was because he had a player bio for my husband John, who has been playing since 1975. Lee has since asked me to contribute some articles for DartsMad on things going on for Darts in America. And so here we are!
I would have to say the biggest thing going on for darts in America these days is the influx of promotion, sponsorship and products from Japan. The two main companies involved are Cosmo Darts/Fit Flights and L Style. While these companies have developed themselves initially in the Soft-tip darts market in Asia, it appears that their cross-over to steel-tip darts was fast and furious. The players snapped up these new products and appreciated the innovative ideas of their design. Read the rest of this entry »
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