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The image is a relatively insignificant factor compared with lack of spectators either in person or online, especially those that pay to watch. We are a participation sport where most people would rather play than watch. If that continues, we can become as big as softball in participants, but still no spectators, meaning few sponsors outside the sport, if any. If we were pulling a few thousand spectators to an event, bigger sponsors would notice. As long as the top players kept on a straight line in public, any overall image produced by casual players would not matter. Use snowboarding as an example.
I just got sponsored by INNOVA this year, and I'm not complaining. Yeah cash could be better and a 30k year end playing bonus would be nice, but Its a performance based sponsorship, which I like "you have to earn your keep." My only problem is this...We all know that Discgolf is a rapidly growing sport but it basically prays for promotion. Here is my scoop from a professional player's standpoint.
I personally believe that there should be a seperation among tournaments. Meaning that, Pros and Ams Should'nt play on the same field. (Sorry if my opinion offends anybody) Last year I played 24 events and could have earned some pretty good bonus cash Had I been sponsored at the time.
Besides that, the only other problem i had were EVENTS filling up a month prior, As many people live from paycheck to paycheck I live weekend to weekend. So if the advanced or am player gets his money 1 month and a day before me than I don't have the oppurtunity to earn bonus cash or move UP or down in the world rankings. Not to mention the other pro guys who tried to sign-up after me. (this happened 6 times in a year----do the math 6 tournaments * $450 my tournament avg = $2500 not in my pocket.)
On the other hand, From a spectators point of view, who would ever want to watch any sport If pros were not on the field?
For example, Do you want to see me play ball golf or do you want to see Tiger Woods play ball golf? uuuuuuuuummmmmmmmmmmm thats hard to answer. However thats sort of the case in discgolf. That could be why its hard to get a 2min local news segement for that A-tier thats paying 2k for first place, b/c (daddys little Jr got 3rd in the 16 and under division)
This is all personal opinoin, feel free to bash at your own will , but thanks to all of the TD's who have Am weekend tournaments first, and Pro tournament weekends second GREAT IDEA & ORGANIZATION. Kris Orrick "KO" 20020
I thought I compete for 40% of my fellow (pro) competitors money Plus whatever added cash required by the PDGA. When did this rule change?
Nascar Mike, thankyou for the Negative comments, Great reponse though. The fact is this, Sorry for the "Bagger Pros" playing Advanced, but lets make one thing clear I dont have a problem beating bagger Pro/Advanced players I think bagging shows weakness, but thanks for your support.
Maybe I should hve said have the pro weekends 1st and the Adv weekend 2nd. I dont want to give out the impression that I want to take from the AM fields. In fact, I believe that their should be a 110% payout in all divisions. So I really think that you missed the Idea or maybe you were just "crying me a river" , but the fact is the Am fields are the PDGA's and the disc companies bread and butter, So by having seperated fields would probally expand growth.
Sorry I never realized I was playing for the AMs money. I thought I compete for 40% of my fellow (pro) competitors money Plus whatever added cash required by the PDGA. When did this rule change? Anyway I think having seperate weekends would be great Idea meaning Pros can play for their cash Ams can play for ALL of their cash, Nobody gets turned away, Sandbagging wil be restricted by ratings and seperate tournaments, And pros don't have to play course layouts that are set up to accomidate AM fields. Thankyou for your response feel free to bash some more Kris Orrick 20020