Brown in the USA

By Steve Brown 17/08/2020

Well, what a year this has been! I honestly never thought I would see the world come to a standstill, but thanks to Covid-19, it certainly has. Of course, now things are getting worse, there is no telling what could happen from here. I know that everybody has been affected, but the darts scene worldwide has been totally decimated.

What really saddens me is that the World Darts Federation had so many wonderful plans for everyone, and now we have no idea what the future may bring. I sincerely hope that we can get back on track in the not-too-distant future, but I fear that we will still be suffering from this well into next year. As far as darts in the US, which makes it more complicated than in other countries, is that we aren’t affected by National laws and policies, but by state and local ones. So, what is allowed in one state may not be allowed in a neighbouring state.

Things had started looking up last month, certainly around here in Cincinnati, as we started to see some local events returning. Of course, it does seem crazy when most states are still basically on lockdown, yet we are having ADO-sanctioned tournaments in Alaska! As you probably know, some areas are worse than others, and Florida is being particularly badly hit. Already, there have been at least a dozen dart pubs down there that have been lost for good. I’m sure there will be others, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see some leagues disappear also. In addition to all the virus problems, it hurts me to report that we recently lost two of America’s best players.

You may have seen about the sad passing of Boston’s Dave Kelly. Dave reached the semi-final of the Winmau World Masters in 1991, and represented the US on many occasions, both in the BDO/WDF and the PDC. On a personal note, I had the great pleasure of partnering Dave to victory in the Men’s Pairs at the 1994 North American Open, where we beat Bob Anderson and Shayne Burgess in the final. We also lost Quakertown, PA’s Charles Cressman that same weekend. I never knew Charles personally, but he was one of the big names on the American scene back in the 1980’s.

I’ll be back next month with an update from this side of the Atlantic, and I’m hoping that I can be more positive than I feel right now! 



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