Should relegation mean relegation?!

The 2016 PDC Betway Premier League is well and truly underway and after 6 Nights of action throughout the UK so far things are starting to hot up. Players thoughts are obviously turning to Judgement Night in Cardiff on 31st March where the two players occupying the bottom two places in the League table will be relegated, or should it just quite simply be eliminated !

                                         Latest League Table (After Night 6)

P W D L +/- LWAT Pts
Michael van Gerwen 6 5 0 1 +20 17 10
Phil Taylor 6 5 0 1 +19 14 10
Adrian Lewis 6 4 0 2 +6 15 8
James Wade 7 4 0 3 0 15 8
Peter Wright 6 3 1 2 +1 9 7
Gary Anderson 5 3 0 2 +4 10 6
Raymond van Barneveld 6 2 0 4 -3 10 4
Dave Chisnall 6 1 1 4 -6 12 3
Michael Smith 7 1 1 5 -22 12 3
Robert Thornton 5 0 1 4 -19 2 1

 

Michael Smith

As it stands at the moment Robert Thornton and Debutant Michael Smith sit at the bottom of the table. So, should relegation actually mean just that. I believe to spice things up which I think the Premier League needs, then the two players at the end of judgement night to be relegated should then be omitted for selection for the following years event ! This will really add extra pressure and interest in the event. Imagine current World Champion Gary Anderson or 16 time World Champion Phil Taylor having slow starts, which does happen and they struggle to gain points and ultimately fill a relegation place and then they would know that they would not be eligible for next years event, could that really happen, I think it should and in time it will.

Barry Hearn and the PDC are always looking at ways and formats to improve events and tournaments and I believe this ruling on relegation would prove popular with fans and players alike and it would result in the line up of players taking part each year actually changing by at least two players anyway, because each year apart from the odd new face it’s the same old same old.

Whilst we all enjoy watching the World’s best players battling it out against each other, we are seeing these match up’s all to often with the World Series events involving the top 8 and now also the new Champions League of Darts event scheduled for BBC TV again featuring the top 8 which is all but in name another Premier League event.

It would be interesting to see if there was a poll running asking should the two players relegated from the Premier League be ineligible for selection the following year, what the results and thoughts of Darts fans would be.

Watch this space….!!