Originally Posted by Chuck Kennedy
The PDGA spends $15,000 to $20,000 on the Pro side of Worlds with cash, time and travel expenses for the staff that helps run and marshal the events. That's in addition to the National Tour. Until recently, the Pro Worlds video/DVD did not recoup the $25,000-$30,000 invested in production. I remember Peter Shive being surprised when he looked into how the $25 differential between pros and ams times 2500 pros was being spent and agreed the pros got services equal and more to their added contributions depending on how the DVD did.
Okay, so what I am getting out of this is that the pro's are paying for the services of the staff to run pro worlds. I'm good with that as I enjoy my World's experience as one that is professional and well run. Does the PDGA not also help with the AM Worlds or is that onus strictly upon the hosting club. While I have volunteered a week of my time to help in an Am Worlds (Grand Rapids, 1997) I was not a major player in it so I do not know how much the PDGA is involved.
As for the production of the DVD, I did not know that the PRO money was earmarked for that. I wonder if the pros were solicited for their opinion on that what their answer would be. I also wonder if we were to look at the purchasers of said video, how many of them would be those pros. I am guessing that not very many pros purchase that video.
Bottom line, it sounds like we are (A) paying for the running of Worlds, (B) putting more money in the pot for Worlds and (C) paying for the initial cost of producing the Worlds video. For me, (A) is totally acceptable if the Ams have the same deal, (B) is averagely acceptable as we keep on just putting more of our own money in the pot to play for and (C) is questionable based on output and quality. If every pro player in the Worlds comp got a copy for their memory of event, then I would totally buy off on that (hey, it could be another piece of a players pack that would actually have relevance to what the player has partaken in).
ah, meandering thoughts on a Saturday morning when I really should be writing the next instructional column.....gotta go!
P.S. Damn, I forgot (D) Supporting the National Tour. This I am not crazy about. If I want to sponsor an event, then let me make that my own personal decision. I don't like sponsoring events that I don't get to choose. As it is, I have basically personally STOPPED sponsoring all events because the answer to getting more money in disc golf is not taking more money from other disc golfers. You want the spotlight on your club and course with a National Tour event, then raise money from local or national sponsors (ala Keen) to reach that end. Don't just take money from your own constituency. That sounds way too much like taxation......