Barry Hearn


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Emperor Barry Hearn .

Don't know where to start about Emperor Barry Hearn but I never heard of him until he teamed up with Steve Davis and look what he did for him .

Phil Taylor and the top BDO players had enough , Emperor Barry Hearm form a new organisation and they called it PDC Darts .

Emperor Barry Hearn signs over Boxing to son Eddie and get's busy with the Snooker .

Next thing Emperor Barry Hearn put a bid in for the London Olympic Stadium for his beloved Leyton Orient FC , offered to ground share with West Ham United won the bid but where are those teams now ?

Leyton Orient :

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Maybe West Han United should've accepted Emperor Barry Hearns ground share offer at the time : ;

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Maybe if an agreement had been reached with Emperor Barry Hearn , Leyton Orient FC and West Ham United wouldn't be in the position they are currently in .

Emperor Barry Hearn , he could sell sand to the Arabs and he did with son Eddie , Boxing , then a Snooker tournament for £500,000 to the winner hosted later this year in Saudi Arabia blah de blah .

Snookerbacker dared to question Emperor Barry Hearn and got blocked on Twitter .

It's A Wonderful Life Bob isn't it (you don't wanna read what Darts fans think of Emperor Barry Hearn , just money , money , money ! )

Bob you would ask so all I'm gonna say is Emperor Barry Hearn will lead the Pool World in like little lost sheep and eventually no-one will give a flying toss about human rights and it's all about the money and eventually the World 9 Ball tournament

Saudi Arabia !


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Barry hearn extends pdc olive branch to bdo and wdf

7:00 am, 19 April 2020

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Barry Hearn revealed that tentative plans are in place to work with amateur darts organisations.
While the PDC continues to set the standard for darts events and prize money, questions have been asked about its role in promoting the grassroots game. Close ties with the BDO have been mooted in the past – and famously attempted by Hearn a decade ago – but the original darting body now teeters on the brink of collapse. Hearn cast doubt on the BDO’s business acumen, along with the WDF.

“The big problem you’ve got, let’s be realistic, is that none of them have got any money,” Hearn told the Weekly Dartscast.

“They haven’t got working capital. A strength of the PDC is that we run a profitable business, a sustainable business.

“We can finance disasters like the Coronavirus. When you look at the BDO, I’m not going to criticise the BDO, they are what they are. And I’m not going to criticise the WDF, their heart’s in the right place.

“But they don’t have any money, because they haven’t run a business that has put aside (money) and run it properly, so that they’ve got a sustainable operation.”

Possible partnership
However, Hearn did reveal that the PDC have extended the offer of support to the WDF primarily, from which the BDO could profit if the olive branch is extended further.

“All I know is we are there to help, and that is a genuine offer, subject to them showing us that they can run a proper business,” said Hearn.

“Once this epidemic has passed, there is going to be a backlog of not just my sports, I’m involved in 12 different sports now, but there’s a hundred sports out there.

“There’s going to be a backlog of events, an awful lot of competition for sponsors, for broadcast hours. We have long-term deals in place with most major broadcasters globally, we will have a certain amount of protection because of our size and our reputation.

“Unfortunately, the BDO don’t and the WDF has no commercial expertise at all. That’s not being cruel, that’s just being accurate, which is why we’ve said to the WDF, in principle, we’d like to help.

“We think a strong grassroots business globally is important to our success in the long term. It certainly spreads the gospel of darts, and we’d like to help, but I’ve yet to see a plan put in front of me that is workable.”

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BDO and WDF would be very wise to listen carefully as to what Barry Hearn has to say this time around before it's too late !


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The BDO are amusing, it’s disaster upon disaster, says PDC chairman Barry Hearn Rea

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Barry Hearn struggles not to laugh as he watches the ongoing drama at the BDO, believing Des Jacklin ‘must have missed the controversy and back-stabbing’ as he returns to his position as chairman. Jacklin resigned from his post in February after a tumultuous time in charge of the BDO, which saw players and officials leave in their droves and culminated in the World Championship prize money scandal which saw Wayne Warren win just £23,000 for his triumph in January. It seemed that the Jacklin era was at an end, but just a month after resigning he was persuaded to return as chairman and will now look to continue the questionable revamping job he was doing before. PDC chairman Hearn can scarcely get his head round the situation and is not sure why Jacklin wants a second crack at the job after seemingly burning a few bridges when he departed. TOP ARTICLES 2/5 READ MORE Arsenal to focus on player swap deals and free transfers in next window ‘I have no idea what’s going on with the BDO but I think there’s a movie there somewhere,’ Hearn told ‘It is a soap opera isn’t it? ‘It’s disaster upon disaster. Man falls on sword and writes the most amazing few pages of dialogue criticising everybody, slaughtering everybody and leaving in a fit of anger. ‘Fast forward a few days, 66% of the counties vote him back! You couldn’t write it. If he wants an easy life then he’s crazy because he couldn’t be coming back to a worse position could he? ‘Nothing’s happening. What’s he going to do with his TV, venues, ticket sales? God knows. Even when we come back there’s going to be a reticence from a lot of people to go to live events because the fear factor will still be there.’ Des Jacklin is back in charge of the BDO (Picture: BDO) The BDO and the PDC once competed for supremacy in the darts world, but that battle has long since been won by Hearn’s organisation, with the BDO now, in reality, representing the amateur game. A position they may now cede to the expanding World Darts Federation (WDF). Hearn has publicly offered the BDO help on numerous occasions, an offer that he repeats to this day, and he is baffled by the lack of uptake on his generosity. ‘I think the BDO, it’s a terrible thing to say, but I find it a little bit amusing because it’s carnage, you really couldn’t write the script,’ Barry continued. ‘We’ve met the WDF but we’ve had no real outpouring from the BDO to us, can you believe it? It’s like the Football League saying “bollocks to the Premier League, they won’t help us anyway so don’t try.” ‘Of course we would help because they have a role to play, providing they know what that role is, which they don’t seem to. ‘The WDF have some big plans but these guys have no money. I’m sorry to be so basic about it, but unless you’ve got the finance for a business, you can’t launch a business. ‘One of their biggest problems is that they believe something that they clearly are not. I think the BDO have always thought they have a certain position in the world which was not justified by the reality of what the world is. Therefore, it’s very difficult for them to start from scratch. ‘The WDF would have a better chance by saying, “right we don’t know what we’re doing, we haven’t got any money but we’ve got the sanctioning ability and the credibility of the name.” ‘But you need the infrastructure of the counties etc, People who do it for nothing because they have passion, they’re essential part of any sport once you get off the mainstream. But you’ve got to realise that you can’t compete with the mainstream. ‘There isn’t a Conference club that wouldn’t want to be in the Premiership, the fact is they’re never going to get there. So don’t run your business on that basis or you will go bust.’ Sponsorship, TV coverage and ticket sales are just a few of the issues the BDO have had in recent times and Hearn says this is down to mismanagement. Although they are problems that could have been fixed incredibly easy with his help. ‘They’ve been doing it for years,’ said the PDC boss. ‘The management at the BDO has been appalling from day one. ‘Clearly no reality, they needed a reality check and I thought they had it [when Jacklin was first voted in]. I thought at last, common sense! ‘All they needed to do was come and ask: “How do you see it Barry? How do you see it Matt [Porter, PDC chief executive]? How could you help?” ‘We’d have said: “Do you want me to go and get you a TV contract? Do you want me to go and get you a sponsor?” It’s a phone call. Not being funny, I’ve got significant sway.’ MORE: DARTS Tiger Woods reveals his passion for darts: 'It’s great fun to watch!' 'I was embarrassed to be in hospital' What motivates Barry Hearn after second heart attack Rob Cross loses grandfather and suffers family turmoil amid 'harrowing' coronavirus crisis While he is happy to help and the days of genuine competition are in the past, Hearn admits that the BDO still wind him up, especially with how they market their World Championship. ‘The first thing they’ve got to do is stop calling that poxy event the World Professional Darts Championship,’ he said. ‘It’s so embarrassing, it pisses me off and it slightly, not very much now, slightly confuses the marketplace. ‘I don’t want the aggravation of amateur darts, I’m never going to take it over, I tried to take it over, £2m I offered them! I must have been mad! What was I thinking of? It wasn’t worth it then. It’s not worth two bob now. ‘At the same time, in the bigger picture, football is so big because kids play it in the street, at school, there’s loads of local clubs, pub teams, that infrastructure creates the monster that is football. ‘I’m not going to turn away from that infrastructure in darts, I just want someone else to do it. If it costs me a few quid it’s really small potatoes in the bigger picture. ‘But don’t come to me with “listen, you and I are running darts.” No, you and I are not running darts, I am running darts. It’s happened so many times.’ Peter Wright won £500,000 at the 2020 PDC World Championships, while the BDO champion took £23,000 (Picture: Getty Images) Hearn has made advances towards the BDO in the past, latterly with offers to buy the organisation, but previously with an olive branch to build unity between the two sides of the darting divide. He remembers well the letter he received from BDO founder Olly Croft when he made the first move almost 20 years ago. ‘When I took over in 2002, a long time ago. I wrote to Olly Croft, who I’d never spoken to or met before,’ explained Hearn. ‘I wrote to him from the heart and said: “Look, I’m not party to whatever’s gone on in the past, but it seems to me to be counter-productive to spreading the great gospel of darts, which we’re both involved in.” ‘Bear in mind, in those days, the BDO was substantial in credibility. I said: “Why don’t we get together over a cup of tea, sort this out and plan for the future to make this game great.” ‘I got a one line letter back from Olly Croft himself saying “Dear Barry, ain’t no point having a meeting, yours, Olly Croft.” ‘Well I thought “**** you, You have really pissed me off now.” And that is not a good thing to do. I don’t forget. ‘As Micky Duff, the boxing promoter, used to say, “getting even is so much better than making money.” ‘To his death I never ever met or spoke to Olly Croft once, not once. Its ridiculous, just stupid. Matt Porter’s had meetings with Des Jacklin so I’m not criticising incumbents, but no one’s ever come and said “let’s lay your cards on the table, what are you trying to do and what are you trying to do?” It’s really so straight forward, but there we are. ‘Chairman Des, I thought he was going to have a nice life, but he’s obviously missed the controversy, the back-stabbing. ‘It’s mostly ego. People used to say that to me about Leyton Orient. I used to love it! Chairman of the football club I supported as a boy, but your heart and your wallet transfer, they merge.’

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Des Jacklin really did resign but somehow got re-elected back :

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Barry Hearn addressed chairmen, chief executives and managing directors at Hampden in

'Scottish football's mentality is choking any progress' :

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Emperor Barry Hearn got that one correct and there's next to no money in Scottish football .

Every football team depends on the home gate receipts to survive so it's not hard to imagine that some football clubs might fold due to the Corona Virus lock down . :(


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Hearn admits behind closed doors sport can’t last forever

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Hearn reveals premier league in rotterdam set to take place with or without an audien

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Barry Hearn has revealed that the Premier League Darts and in particular the double header at Rotterdam Ahoy between September 9-10 will take place. Albeit potentially without a crowd involved in Holland.
The Dutch government revealed that no major events including the Premier League should take place as long as there is no vaccine available and for Hearn, he hopes that the numbers will come down so that the decision is made without it.

“There will be no vaccine yet in September,” Hearn told RTL Nieuws. “But we go for gold. We hope the numbers drop so fast that the government revises its judgement, because the effect on the economy goes beyond just darts. In ten years’ time, we’ll still pay for this, so we need to get to some sort of normal as soon as possible. ”

Hearn therefore has three options available. “We play with an audience, or we play with a reduced audience, or we play without an audience. But for all TV viewers: continue! It’s going to happen on those two dates. ”

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Emperor Barry Hearn has moved PDC Darts into Phase 2 of the comeback from the Lockdown so maybe World Snooker isn't far away from Phase 2 stage .


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World Championship 2020: Barry Hearn hopes to have spectators at Crucible

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If anyone can reboot the UK economy it's Emperor Barry Hearn and forget about the UK Politicians , they are hopeless ! :wink::thumbup:


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SHOW MUST GO ON Barry Hearn defends decision to allow fans at Crucible for World Snooker Championship and responds to Ronnie O’Sullivan and Anthony Hamilton criticism :

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" World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn has moved to calm fears over the decision to allow fans at the upcoming World Championship, following strong criticism from Ronnie O’Sullivan and another player withdrawing from the event.

After fears it would be cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis, the tournament will get underway as planned on Friday, July 31 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, running until August 16.

And the decision has been made to sell tickets for the 17-day event, with a limited number of snooker fans permitted to watch from inside the famous venue.

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Judd Trump is set to defend his World Snooker Championship title over the next two weeks
The World Snooker Championship will be the country’s only indoor sports pilot event permitting a reduced capacity crowd during the pandemic, with up to 300 people per session at the venue, reduced from the usual capacity of around 1000.

Fans will NOT have to wear masks or face coverings while they sit in their seats, but Hearn insists there are exhaustive health and safety measures in place for both fans and the players.

Regardless, a number of the game’s top stars have criticised the decision, with five-time world champion O’Sullivan saying players are being treated like ‘lab rats’.

And the Rocket is not the only one, with Anthony Hamilton – an asthma suffer and more at risk of severe symptoms of COVID-19 – branding the decision to allow fans into the famous venue ‘ridiculous’ and announcing his withdrawal from the competition.

Five-time winner O’Sullivan has huge reservations about fans being allowed into the Crucible, saying: “I don’t think it [COVID-19] has been taken seriously enough.”

Five-time winner O’Sullivan has huge reservations about fans being allowed into the Crucible, saying: “I don’t think it [COVID-19] has been taken seriously enough.”
But Hearn has defended the decision for the World Championship to be a test event, telling talkSPORT: “We have to be positive and move forward with sport, or sport will be dead.”
Speaking to talkSPORT host Jim White on the eve of the tournament getting underway, Hearn said: “Of course we are a test event, there’s no doubt about that.

“You’ve got to love Ronnie O’Sullivan’s comments, they only come up every time he wants a bit of publicity, looks for a nice little angle. ‘Lab rats’ is a just a phrase to guarantee a headline, we get used to that with Ronnie, it’s not a problem.

“The fact of life is that sport, somehow, has got to start taking that journey back to normality, or the price we’re going to pay is if we don’t start generating some revenue these smaller events and smaller football clubs, for example, they’re going to go bust.

“The World Snooker Championship is an event that’s watched by 500million people and my job is to make it as attractive as possible, and as financially viable as possible.

“This year it’s not [financially viable], but the price of not doing the event and not beginning the road back to normality will destroy professional sport and with it the income and livelihood of the vast majority of players.

Barry Hearn insists the health and safety measures in place for players and fans at the World Snooker Championship are ‘second-to-none’

Barry Hearn insists the health and safety measures in place for players and fans at the World Snooker Championship are ‘second-to-none’
“You’ve got to look at the bigger picture and we have worked tirelessly on this, hand-in-hand with the Government and the Department of Heath every step of the way, to make sure the safety features are second to none.

“There’s a limited crowd, screening on entry, screens behind the players so they don’t interact with the fans, the front row is completely empty, social distancing between everybody sitting in their seats, one to one-and-a-half metre circles around every individual… you cannot believe the amount of detail.”

The world number 48 Hamilton was also critical of the decision to let spectators take off their masks in the auditorium, calling it ‘a mad thing’.

But Hearn said everyone at the tournament will be given one as they enter, to wear in every part of the arena other than their seat, which is within the Government guidelines.

The Matchroom Sports chairman explained: “You don’t have to wear face masks in a pub, do you? You can sit an a large pub with 50 other people…

“You have the option to wear a face mask in the arena if you wish. We will give everybody a face mask as they go in, but we leave it them if they want to wear it while they are watching.

“You have to wear a face mask in the concourse and in and around the seating area, but it can be uncomfortable to wear one for hours on end and you’re socially distanced from every single person when you’re sat down in that arena.”

Hearn also questioned the timing of Hamilton’s decision to withdraw, saying he knew exactly what the plans were when he entered, and accused him of effectively robbing another player of their chance to play at the Crucible.

“The damage people like Ronnie O’Sullivan do… and Antony Hamilton withdrew yesterday having gone through the qualifying competition. He just decided last night that he’s going to withdraw from the World Snooker Championships because he’s got asthma and he’s worried about his own health.

Hamilton has reached the World Championship quarter-finals four times

Hamilton has reached the World Championship quarter-finals four times
“Now, that’s completely understandable and not a problem, but the question I pose is: why did he not withdraw before the qualifying competition? Because by getting through the qualifiers he has effectively stopped someone else from going and earning a living.

“He’s not qualified to say ‘it’s ridiculous’; we’ve worked with government specialists, with the health bodies.

“He entered the competition knowing there were going to be fans present; why did he not withdraw then, instead of knocking someone else out?

“He knows the situation. He hasn’t had asthma that started yesterday; he’s had asthma and heath issues for some time, so don’t give me all that.

“We have to be positive and move forward with sport, or sport will be dead!”


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Barry was wrong in allowing fans into the venue! At least more sensible minds have now prevailed. Let's all enjoy the snooker on our TVs, a bit of escapism for us all, in these trying times.

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