Phil Taylor's ‘Power’ nickname and walk-on song will be retired as a sign of respect but those in charge of darts are confident the sport can survive without the departing legend.
Taylor lost his last ever World Championship final 7-2 to Rob Cross and immediately called it quits from a glittering career at the oche.
Cross, 27, raced into a 3-0 lead, before Taylor rallied, but it was not enough for the Power to claim his 17th title.
Phil Taylor's retirement from darts will not leave the sport in a lurch, according to Barry Hearn
There were worries Taylor’s absence could come as a huge blow to darts but its overlord, Barry Hearn, insists the sport will not die because its biggest name is leaving.
‘Normally when you put a fight on an undercard, we sit around and we say, “That’s a good ticket-seller that fight, we’ll put that on, it makes money”. It’s irrelevant in darts,’ Hearn said.
‘We’re up to, I don’t know, 100,000 tickets sold for the Premier League already and we haven’t started. We haven’t spent a shilling on marketing. We are just in a hugely strong place.
‘Rotterdam, 11,000, sold out in 15 minutes. Berlin sold out in a day and a bit. One word I hate in business is complacency.