Grand Slam on Sky!
Sky Sports has secured the rights to screen the PDC Grand Slam of Darts for the next three years.
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Last Updated: 03/03/11 4:03pm
Sky Sports has secured the rights to screen the increasingly popular PDC Grand Slam of Darts for the next three years.
The 32-player tournament was started four years ago and brings together the best players from the PDC as well as the top performers from the BDO, and it will now be coming to Sky Sports to be shown in glorious HD.
Finalists from major PDC tournaments and the semi-finalists from the Lakeside Championship over a two-year period face-off in the event, which will be held from November 12-20 2011 at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall.
"The Grand Slam of Darts has, over the past four years, become one of the biggest tournaments in the sport alongside the Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship and Premier League Darts," said PDC Chairman Barry Hearn.
"The £400,000 prize fund alone makes for fierce competition but the unique group stage format also provides great drama and excitement for fans at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall and television viewers on Sky Sports and around the world.
"Sky Sports has continued to lead the way in the broadcasting of professional darts in recent years, firstly with their move to High Definition and more recently with the first coverage in 3D.
"Sky Sports has made a huge commitment to the Grand Slam and we look forward to continuing to establish this tournament as one of the year's biggest events.
"They have shown once again that they have a real passion for darts and we at the PDC are grateful for their tremendous support."
Sky Sports has shown the semi-finals and finals of both the World Matchplay and Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship live in 3D in the past six months.
Sky Sports also broadcasts the PDC Premier League Darts live every Thursday from February-May, as well as the UK Open Finals and World Grand Prix.
Players can qualify to compete in the Grand Slam of Darts through their performances in the major PDC championships over a two-year period.
Further players qualify by reaching the semi-finals of the Lakeside Championship or by winning through the Sky Wildcard Qualifier, which will be open to any darts player, while the PDC Unicorn Youth Tour Order of Merit winner will also win a place in Wolverhampton.
A total of 20 qualifiers are currently known, with players able to earn a place this year at the Players Championship Finals, UK Open, World Matchplay, European Championship, World Grand Prix and Championship League Darts.
Scott Waites won last year's Grand Slam title with an astonishing comeback victory against James Wade in Wolverhampton.