Ferocious Jackal Claims Magic Darts Masters Title

“The Jackal,” Alex Spellman, was dominant on Friday, cruising to victory in the Magic Darts Masters in Indianapolis. After finishing as a bridesmaid to Stowe Buntz twice in Toronto, he would face a new challenger – “Soulja” Leonard Gates – here in Indiana. Gates came into today fresh off of his win at the World Seniors Matchplay last weekend, but Spellman would not be denied. He opened with a 10-darter, and maintained a 100+ average throughout the final, sealing the title with a 127 out for a 12 darter in leg 10. The 7-3 victory earned Spellman his third title of 2023.

Stowe Buntz, who stormed up the leaderboard by winning the past three events, saw his 17-match win streak snapped at the hands of Gates in the quarterfinals.

Leonard’s day was almost finished before it began as he survived a last leg decider against Rick Allred, in his first match. He would find his shot after that, dispatching seeded players Joey Lynaugh (6-1) and the aforementioned Buntz (6-2) before whitewashing Canadian Jake MacMillian (7-0) in the semis.

Spellman cruised to the finals without facing a deciding leg. He opened with a 5-1 victory over Chris Caldwell, and followed it up with a tidy 6-3 win over Jason Brandon. In the quarterfinals, he outplayed an in-form Danny Lauby, winning 6-3, then upped his game yet another level, knocking off JT Davis in the semifinals 7-4, averaging 93.98. He fell behind in that match 2-0, before rattling off 6 straight legs to take control of the match.

In the race for spots at the 2024 PDC Paddy Power World Darts Championship, Alex Spellman extended his lead over fellow Americans Stowe Buntz and Danny Lauby, while Canadian David Cameron closed the gap on Jacob Taylor. The top American and Canadian at the conclusion of Event 12 will earn their ticket to London in December, as will the highest-ranked player not otherwise qualified, regardless of nationality.

Alex Spellman had the top average for the tournament with 92.70, three points higher than Jim Long. He also connected on a tournament-high nine 180s and led the way in finishing, converting 41% of his checkout attempts.

Finals
Alex Spellman (2) 7-3 Leonard Gates (4)

Semifinals
Leonard Gates (4) 7-0 Jake MacMillan
Alex Spellman (2) 7-4 JT Davis

Quarterfinals
Jake MacMillan 6-2 David Cameron (1)
Leonard Gates (4) 6-2 Stowe Buntz (5)
Alex Spellman (2) 6-3 Danny Lauby (7)
JT Davis 6-4 Ryan Vander Weit (14)

The players reconvene on Saturday for event #11, the penultimate event on the tour, as they vie for critical points in the Dart Connect Derby beginning at 12:00 Eastern from Indianapolis.

Championship Darts Corporation Partners with US Integrity to Responsibly Introduce Gaming to Events

LAS VEGAS, NV (July 11, 2023) – Today U.S. Integrity (“USI”) and Championship Darts Corporation (CDC) – North America’s Professional Darts Tour – announce a comprehensive partnership to protect the integrity of the sport and introduce gaming to future events. The agreement will span the entirety of the 2023 calendar year and carry into 2024.

U.S. Integrity will provide integrity monitoring services via its proprietary dashboard to CDC that will encompass data intelligence and fraud prevention. U.S. Integrity conducts analysis across dozens of data sets to proactively identify irregular contest-level & wagering patterns.

“As the North American partner of the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC), it is imperative that we enter the wagering space with clear eyes on preserving the integrity of our game. This partnership with U.S. Integrity aligned perfectly with our goals and vision in which the protection of our sport and its fans are of utmost importance in our next growth phase. As sports betting evolves for consumers and our fans around the states, we feel integrity protection, data monitoring and fraud prevention will be a key driver for sustained growth here at CDC.” Said Peter Citera, CDC CEO.

“U.S. Integrity is proud to partner with CDC as fan engagement and wagering interest on their events continues to elevate in mature and new jurisdictions,” says Matthew Holt, U.S. Integrity’s CEO & co-founder. He continued, “U.S. Integrity’s mission is to provide conflict-free, best in class insights & compliance solutions to our clients. This partnership continues to take steps forward and it starts with the commitment and collaboration of Peter and his outstanding team at CDC team.”

ABOUT U.S. INTEGRITY:

U.S. Integrity is a leading technology-driven sports wagering monitoring company, providing the highest level of protection against betting-related fraud and corruption. U.S. Integrity’s mission is to grow the legal, regulated sports betting market by providing solutions that ensure sports betting integrity in every play, every game, every sport. Supported by investors including SeventySix Capital and Las Vegas Sands, U.S. Integrity partners with a number of the largest professional sports leagues and collegiate conferences in the U.S., as well as licensed sports-betting operators and regulators. U.S. Integrity is based in Las Vegas and New York.

ABOUT CHAMPIONSHIP DARTS CORPORATION:

Championship Darts Corporation (CDC) owns and operates the Championship Darts Circuit, North America’s professional darts tour, consisting of 12 regular season tournaments leading into The Continental Cup Tour Finals Championship. We are the official North American affiliate of the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) – the global head of professional darts, which stages events across the world with over $17 million in prize money. CDC provides the exclusive path to the World Darts Championship, World Series of Darts, World Cup of Darts and other major international events for US and Canadian players. The company also focuses on the next generation of players, running two youth tours to provide exclusive opportunities to play internationally via our affiliation with both the PDC and Junior Darts Corporation (JDC).

Championship Darts Corporation Signs with Buchwald Agency

Partnership Aims to Secure Traditional Broadcast and New Media Opportunities

CHICAGO, May 18, 2023: Championship Darts Corporation (CDC), owner and operator of the Championship Darts Circuit, North America’s Professional Darts Tour, today announces it has signed an 18-month representation agreement with Buchwald, the premier talent agency for broadcast communications, to explore opportunities to expand the reach of North American professional darts into both traditional broadcast and new media platforms.

Buchwald, formerly known as Don Buchwald and Associates, is perhaps best known for its representation of legendary radio icon, Howard Stern, though the firm now boasts a client roster that includes hundreds of actors and creative talent across the country. CDC will be represented by Tony Burton, Co-Head of the firm’s Broadcast Department, based in the New York office.

“With more than 17 million players in the United States, darts has quickly gone from a pub game to one of the fastest-growing industries in professional sports. Television, digital streaming, social media and live events now provide passionate fans with more viewing opportunities than ever before. We are thrilled to partner with the CDC as they continue to provide their fans and players with the most exciting tournament experience in professional darts across the continent!”
– Tony Burton, Co-Head – Broadcast Department, Buchwald

CDC is the North American affiliate of the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC), the leader in global professional darts. With 12 Main Tour events, two major tournaments (the Continental Cup and Cross Border Darts Challenge) and numerous other competitions, CDC is the only path to the international stage for top darting talent in the United States and Canada. The recent launch of Championship Darts Latin America and Caribbean (CDLC) – regional affiliate of the CDC – puts the company at the forefront of professional darts across half the globe. Its broadcasts can currently be found on PDCTV, the official streaming service of the Professional Darts Corporation, as well as on its YouTube channel and Facebook page under the handle @champdarts.

“We’re really excited about the opportunities this partnership can provide and the doors it will open. Darts is truly an electric sport filled with fast-paced action, a passionate fan base that loves to party and larger-than-life personalities. The growth of the game on this continent is approaching critical mass and the time is right to bring the game into mainstream sports consciousness in North America.”
– Peter Citera, CEO, Championship Darts Corporation

The 2023 Championship Darts Circuit kicks off this coming weekend in Indianapolis with Main Events on Friday night, Saturday and Sunday. Follow along with the stream on PDCTV or the CDC YouTube channel. Live scoring of all matches can be accessed via our scoring partner, DartConnect, at tv.dartconnect.com.

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About Buchwald

BUCHWALD was launched by Don Buchwald and five associates in 1977. Built on the cornerstone of our commercial and broadcast departments, our full-service agency offers representation in every area of the entertainment industry: commercial, broadcast, film, theatre, television, literary, feature film packaging, personal appearance, syndication (radio, television and digital), branding/digital, and emerging talent. More information available at www.buchwald.com

About Championship Darts Corporation

Championship Darts Corporation operates the Championship Darts Circuit, North America’s professional darts tour. Founded in 2014 by three individuals with a combined 80-plus years of experience promoting the game, its goal is to elevate the level of play, produce top-quality darts entertainment and cultivate the next North American World Champion.

For further information, email info@champdarts.com or see www.champdarts.com.

Smith Silences the Field in Jersey City

It was a magical weekend for Jeff Smith at the White Eagle Hall in Jersey City where he steamrolled everyone in his path on the way to victory in the inaugural Cross Border Darts Challenge in front of a lively crowd.

The event began with 16 players – eight Americans and eight Canadians – with each first round match featuring a player from each country. In addition to playing for the individual title, its $5,000 prize and a spot in the PDC US Darts Masters, players were also competing on a team level for The Nations Cup, with each match won worth one point for the winning player’s country. Canada proved dominant throughout this event, as they secured the requisite 8 points to claim the Cup – and eliminated the entire American side – before the conclusion of the quarterfinals.

“The Silencer” began his quest for the title against American legend, Larry Butler, getting out to a quick 2-0 lead before “The Eagle” righted the ship with a break of throw in leg three followed by a brilliant 110 checkout to level the match at two. However, it was not to be for the Ohio man as Smith closed the door by checking out 100 on-throw before claiming victory with a 56 checkout, stranding Butler on 99.

Those would be the only two legs that the New Brunswick man would drop in the event.

Smith whitewashed a hard-charging Jules Van Dongen 5-0 in the quarters, punishing him for a couple of missed doubles early in the match on his way to a 96 average. “The Dutch Dragon”, averaging 90 in his own right, was looking for opportunities that never came later in the match as Smith’s trademark clinical finishing was on full display.

Fellow Canadian Steve Warnock, who stunned Leonard Gates 4-1 in round one before dispatching John Norman, Jr. 5-3 in the quarterfinals, was next on the docket. “The Sniper” – whose finishing had been solid up until this point – missed some crucial darts at double in the first two legs and allowed Smith to sneak off to a 2-0 lead with a pair of 17-darters. Smith then checked 94 in leg three before punching out a spectacular 124 to seal the deal and book his appointment with “The Gentleman” in the final.

Jim Long’s path to the final wasn’t quite as smooth as his opponent’s as he faced Chuck Puleo, one of his closest friends on the CDC Tour, in a first round in a match that went the distance and saw three breaks of throw – including the critical decider where a pair of consecutive 140s put the Canadian in position to pin tops and claim victory in 15 darts to advance to quarterfinal matchup with Keith Way who had just dispatched Joey Lynaugh. Way got off to a great start in the quarters, going up 4-2 with 16, 17 and 18-dart finishes and appeared to be cruising to the semifinals, but it was not to be for “The Iron Rock” as Long put on a blistering display of scoring, winning three on the spin with a 16-dart leg sandwiched between two 15-darters and not giving his opponent another look at double in the match.

In the semis, Long once again found himself needing to mount a comeback, dropping the first two legs of the match against Jacob “The Truth” Taylor in 14 and 16 darts respectively. And come back he did (and in style), winning five straight and punishing missed doubles from the Newfoundland man in the 4th and 5th leg to book his pace in the final.

The event concluded with Smith’s third straight whitewash in a match where both players struggled at times to regain the form that landed them in that position in the first place. An opening 16-dart effort got Smith on the board early before a bit of the rot set-in with a forgettable 27-dart second leg that finally ended when Jeff checked 5 on his fourth trip to the oche with that number remaining. That leg seemed to be the catalyst needed for focus as Smith then fired in a 13-darter, immediately followed by an 86 checkout to strand his opponent on tops and pull within two legs of victory which he would claim just a short time later.

However, all was certainly not lost for Jim Long. In addition to the $2,000 second-place prize, Jim will be taking the stage at the US Darts Masters, claiming the event’s qualifying spot by virtue of the fact that Jeff Smith’s place is already booked as a North American PDC Tour Card holder.

RESULTS:

Quarterfinals

Steve Warnock 5-3 John Norman Jr
Jeff Smith 5-0 Jules Van Dongen
Jacob Taylor 5-3 Alex Spellman
Jim Long 5-4 Keith Way

Semifinals:
Jim Long 5-2 Jacob Taylor
Jeff Smith 5-0 Steve Warnock

Final:
Jeff Smith 5-0 Jim Long

The Nations Cup:
Canada wins 13-2

PDC and CDC Announce Extension to Affiliate Agreement

Professional Darts Corporation Reinforces Commitment to North America, Partnership with North America’s Professional Darts Tour

Chicago, IL, February 24, 2023– The Professional Darts Corporation (PDC), the global professional leader in darts and Championship Darts Corporation (CDC), organizers of the Championship Darts Circuit (North America’s professional darts tour), today announce a three-year extension to the partnership agreement that recognizes CDC as the PDC’s Global Affiliate Tour in the United States and Canada. With this agreement comes renewed investment in CDC’s efforts to increase visibility of the sport and engage new audiences across the continent as well as a continued endorsement of the Tour’s process that has seen the quality of play skyrocket since the CDC’s founding in 2015. The Championship Darts Circuit will also continue to be a direct conduit to international competition, with the top American and Canadian players receiving a berth in the World Darts Championship at the Alexandra Palace, London in December, as well as other major opportunities.

“We’re thrilled to continue the partnership with the PDC to further the growth of darts across the continent. The quality of play keeps setting new standards in the US and Canada and we’re working hard to craft a true immersive fan experience at our major events. This sport deserves nothing less than that. With further support of the PDC, we’re working on plans to expand the tour, increase prize funds and provide more opportunities for more players to play more darts at a high level.”
~Peter Citera, CEO, Championship Darts Corporation

CDC will kick-off 2023 with the inaugural Cross-Border Darts Challenge, a new fan-focused event that sees eight Canadian and eight American stars face off against each other at the White Eagle Hall in Jersey City in April (tickets available at champdarts.com). Darts fans will also have the opportunity to see the PDC’s top stars take on North America’s best in New York City as the legendary Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden again plays host to the US Darts Masters and North American Darts Championship on June 2-3 (tickets at www.pdc.tv/world-series-darts-tickets). As in prior years, the winner of the North American Championship will also receive a berth in the World Darts Championship. Players will have the opportunity to compete for a minimum of three available spots in the US Darts Masters via a qualifying event staged by CDC in Indianapolis in May.

“We’re pleased to extend our commitment to the CDC with this new multi-year arrangement. The growth curve of professional steel-tip darts in North America over recent years has been steep and we look forward to watching that trend continue. With qualification places for some of our Premier events and the fantastic spectacle of the US Masters at Madison Square Garden on offer, the CDC is the place to be for serious US and Canadian player!”
~Matthew Porter, Chief Executive, Professional Darts Corporation

 

The 2023 Championship Darts Circuit proper will consist of 12 events staged over four weekends, culminating with the top-16 players on the Tour clashing in the Continental Cup Tour Finals Championship in October. Be sure to follow CDC on social media (@champdarts) and watch for ticket details as they become available.

2023 Championship Darts Circuit

Cross-Border Darts Challenge: April 21-22, White Eagle Hall, Jersey City, New Jersey
CDC Weekend #1: May 19-21, American Legion Post 331, Brownsburg, Indiana USA
CDC Weekend #2: July 14-16, Ramada Plaza Hotel North Shore, Wheeling, Illinois USA
CDC Weekend #3: August 11-13, Cambridge Newfoundland Club, Cambridge, Ontario Canada

CDC Weekend #4: September 8-10, American Legion Post 331, Brownsburg, Indiana USA
Continental Cup Tour Finals Championship: October 20-21, TBD

2023 CDC Summer Series (Open to all players)

The CDC Midwest Melee (301 DI/DO): Friday, May 5, Cleveland, Ohio
The CDC Cascades Classic (501 Set Play): Friday, June 9, Portland, Oregon
The CDC Shootout (501 DI/DO): Friday, June 30, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The CDC Matchplay (501 SI/DO, must win by two clear legs): Friday, July 21, Nashville, Tennessee
The CDC Congressional (501 SI/DO, UK Open-style re-draw): Friday, September 1, Washington DC

Part and Lauby Confirmed as First Two Wildcards for Cross-Border Darts Challenge

We are proud to introduce the first two wildcard entries for the Cross Border Darts Challenge at the White Eagle Hall on April 21 & 22!
On the USA side, we have the 2019 Continental Cup Champion and newly-minted UK Open qualifier, Danny Lauby! For the Canadians, it’s none other than three-time champion of the world, John Part!
Our final two wildcards will be announced in mid-February.

Don’t miss the inaugural event at a fantastic new venue. Tickets on-sale now!

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Twelve North American Stars Confirmed for Cross-Border Darts Challenge

DANNY BAGGISH AND DAVID CAMERON HEADLINE FIELD; FOUR WILDCARDS REMAIN TO BE CONFIRMED

JERSEY CITY, NEW JERSEY (JANUARY 4, 2023) – The field for the first major North American darts event of the year is taking shape as the top-six players from the United States and Canada have confirmed their berths in the inaugural Cross-Border Darts Challenge! This first-of-its-kind event, held on April 21 and 22 at White Eagle Hall in Jersey City, features eight Americans and eight Canadians vying for national darts supremacy, a $5,000 first-place prize and a berth in the largest darts event on the continent – the US Darts Masters – in June.

 

The Canadian contingent will be led by David Cameron, fresh off the biggest year of his career in which he won the inaugural World Seniors Darts Masters and made his debut at the World Darts Championship by virtue of his three wins on the 2022 Championship Darts Circuit (CDC) tour. He’ll be joined by Matt Campbell who completed his first year as a Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) tour-card holder with a last-16 finish at the World Series of Darts Finals and made his fourth consecutive appearance at the World Darts Championship.

 

Danny Baggish, who won two CDC events in 2022 and made his third World Darts Championship appearance (knocking out Matt Campbell in the first round), will be the standard-bearer for the US side. Also flying the Stars and Stripes will be the reigning CDC Continental Cup Champion, Alex Spellman, arguably the hottest player on the continent over the last 12 months.

 

CONFIRMED PLAYERS

 

USA CANADA
Danny Baggish David Cameron
Alex Spellman Matt Campbell
Leonard Gates Jacob Taylor
Larry Butler John Norman, Jr.
Gary Mawson Jim Long
Chuck Puleo Steve Warnock

 

 

The Cross Border Darts Challenge is presented by Championship Darts Circuit – North America’s professional darts tour – and will provide darts enthusiasts and new fans alike the opportunity to experience the energy and passion that makes darts truly “the biggest party in sports!” Tickets are available at https://ffm.bio/CDCWEH and begin at $30.00 plus applicable fees. VIP ticketholders will have a can’t-miss exclusive meet-and-greet opportunity on Friday afternoon ahead of the event.

CDC Brings the Continent’s Best to New Jersey With Cross-Border Darts Challenge

Inaugural event reignites rivalry between US and Canada, aims to attract die-hard supporters and casual fans alike.
Tickets on sale NOW

JERSEY CITY, NEW JERSEY (NOVEMBER 17, 2022) – White Eagle Hall, Jersey City’s historic entertainment venue, will play host to the best darts players on the continent for the inaugural Cross-Border Darts Challenge, presented by Championship Darts Corporation, April 21 and 22, 2023. Eight Americans and eight Canadians will take the stage to compete for national glory, a minimum of $15,000 in prize money, and a berth in the largest darts event in North America – the US Darts Masters –taking place in New York City in June.

This invitational event will kick-off the ninth year of the Championship Darts Circuit – North America’s professional darts tour – and provide darts enthusiasts and new fans alike the opportunity to experience the energy and passion that makes darts truly “the biggest party in sports!

VIP ticketholders will have exclusive access to a Friday afternoon pre-tournament reception to meet players like North American champion, Leonard “SOULGER” Gates, “Excalibur” David Cameron and Danny “The Gambler” Baggish.  The full field of event participants will be later announced in December.

“We’re excited to work with Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment (HBSE) to launch this new headline event at one of the best darts venues I’ve ever seen,” said Peter Citera, CEO of Championship Darts Corporation, “the intimate nature of White Eagle Hall provides the perfect backdrop to showcase our sport with all the modern technology necessary to ensure a great fan experience.”

Friday evening will feature eight first-round “USA vs. Canada” clashes with the winners advancing. The action will resume on Saturday with the quarterfinals and conclude with the crowning of the first “CANUSA Champion!”

“Professional darts is among the most fun atmospheres I have ever witnessed in my 30 years in the live events industry. In that vein, we are now thrilled to welcome Championship Darts Corporation to historic White Eagle Hall,” said Dylan Wanagiel, Vice President of Sports Properties & Special Events for Harris Blitzer Sports and Entertainment. “HSBE takes great pride in providing diverse programing at White Eagle Hall, and we know the residents of Jersey City and all of the tri-state area will love The Biggest Party in Sports.”

Tickets for the inaugural Cross-Border Darts Challenge start at $30.00 plus applicable fees and go onsale to the general public November 17 at 12:00 PM ET at https://ffm.bio/cdcweh

Ticket Information:

Two Day Pass (access to both April 21 & 22 Events): https://www.seetickets.us/event/2-DAYPASSCross-BorderDartsChallenge/517505

Friday, April 21, 2023: https://www.seetickets.us/event/Cross-Border-Darts-Challenge/517509

Saturday, April 22, 2023: https://www.seetickets.us/event/Cross-Border-Darts-Challenge/517507

 

About Championship Darts Corporation:
Championship Darts Corporation (CDC) owns and operates the Championship Darts Circuit, North America’s professional darts tour, consisting of 12 regular season tournaments leading into The Continental Cup Tour Finals Championship. We are the official North American affiliate of the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) – the global head of professional darts, which stages events across the world with over $17 million in prize money. CDC provides the exclusive path to the World Darts Championship, World Series of Darts, World Cup of Darts and other major international events for US and Canadian players. The company also focuses on the next generation of players, running two youth tours to provide exclusive opportunities to play internationally via our affiliation with both the PDC and Junior Darts Corporation (JDC). Further information is available at www.champdarts.com.

 

About White Eagle Hall:
White Eagle Hall is a historic 8,000-square-foot live performance and private event venue in Jersey City, NJ which hosts live performances and private events before an 800-standing and 350-seated capacity audience. Originally constructed in 1910 and reopened in 2017 after a multi-year, multi-million-dollar renovation, the venue has hosted a variety of notable artists over the years including The Front Bottoms, Mitski, Kamasi Washington, Japanese Breakfast, The Bouncing Souls, Parquet Courts, Yo La Tengo, The Mountain Goats, Thursday, Screaming Females, Spoon, Waxahatchee, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Guster, Built to Spill, New Found Glory, and many more. White Eagle Hall has presented numerous sold out shows, community events, theater productions, and private events. As of 2021, the venue is operated by the entertainment, management and booking team at Prudential Center.

 

About Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment (HBSE):

Recognized as one of the most innovative and entrepreneurial companies in the industry today, Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment (HBSE), is a leading sports and entertainment company, with a focus on inspiring possibilities in people and enhancing the communities where we live, work, play and win. Founded by Josh Harris and David Blitzer, HBSE’s global portfolio has grown to include premier sports franchises, brands, venues and investment platforms, centered around marquee assets, the Philadelphia 76ers, the New Jersey Devils and the Prudential Center.