AZB Has A Chat With Barry Behrman

jay helfert

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6 or 7 of these arena size seats.

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A concession area.

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This wasn't done on all fire exits.

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This was done on most fire exits. The other side of the door are vendors and vendor equipment. If there was a fire this would be a hazard. I spent weekends listening to firecode lectures.

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Providing tables for vendors.

In short Barry rented a bunch of tables and an empty space, blocked off fire exits and sealed large crowds into a small space.


That is the one exit that leads out to Pat Fleming's studio. It was closed for a good reason, so no one could sneak in. There were NO vendors on the other side of that door. That is a flat lie!

There were many fire exits for spectators to leave the arena if necessary. And it is not a small space by any means, about 30,000 square feet! If you think renting those risers and erecting them is cheap, you are sadly mistaken. Then there is the cost of all those chairs. One more expensive rental. Plus pipe and drape all the way around the arena and over fifty tables with covers. Barry pays for all this.

That is only the beginning. Do you have any idea how much the convention center Audio-Visual department charged for their services, like hanging the lighting and the grid for the TV arena? Let's just say it's a LOT! Plus they put up the giant screen to watch the Accu-Stat matches on. On Barry's tab!

Oh wait a second, I forgot about the housekeeping staff that cleaned the players tables between rounds and provided fresh pitchers of cold water. Then they had to come in at 2 AM each night and clean the entire building! They do not work for free (but you know that and chose to ignore it) and Barry bears that cost as well.

Carrying two million dollars worth of Liability insurance for a week is one more hidden cost. Oh did I forget to mention the staff of ten people that helped to co-ordinate the running of the event. I guess you think everyone works for free. I haven't even gotten into the cost of materials, phone, licenses, mailings, advertising, etc. etc. Barry, Barry and Barry! Are you beginning to get the picture or will you remain justdumb?

I forgot one little thing. The $68,000 that Barry put into the prize money! 50K added, two dozen free entries (at 500 a pop), 4K for extra money to make up for all (40) the early bird $400 entrants), plus 2K in bonus prizes. Hey, it's only 68K, so why mention that little expense.
 
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justnum

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That is the one exit that leads out to Pat Fleming's studio. It was closed for a good reason, so no one could sneak in. There were NO vendors on the other side of that door. That is a flat lie!

There were many fire exits for spectators to leave the arena if necessary. And it is not a small space by any means, about 30,000 square feet! If you think renting those risers and erecting them is cheap, you are sadly mistaken. Then there is the cost of all those chairs. One more expensive rental. Plus pipe and drape all the way around the arena and over fifty tables with covers. Barry pays for all this.

That is only the beginning. Do you have any idea how much the convention center Audio-Visual department charged for their services, like hanging the lighting and the grid for the TV arena? Let's just say it's a LOT! Plus they put up the giant screen to watch the Accu-Stat matches on. On Barry's tab!

Oh wait a second, I forgot about the housekeeping staff that cleaned the players tables between rounds and provided fresh pitchers of cold water. Then they had to come in at 2 AM each night and clean the entire building! They do not work for free (but you know that and chose to ignore it) and Barry bears that cost as well.

Carrying two million dollars worth of Liability insurance for a week is one more hidden cost. Oh did I forget to mention the staff of ten people that helped to co-ordinate the running of the event. I guess you think everyone works for free. I haven't even gotten into the cost of materials, phone, licenses, mailings, advertising, etc. etc. Barry, Barry and Barry! Are you beginning to get the picture or will you remain justdumb?

I forgot one little thing. The $68,000 that Barry put into the prize money! 50K added, two dozen free entries (at 500 a pop), 4K for extra money to make up for all (40) the early bird $400 entrants), plus 2K in bonus prizes. Hey, it's only 68K, so why mention that little expense.

I think players would agree that they could pour their own cups of cold water given a cooler. If it helps ease expenses associated with being in the tournament. Like the scheduling of matches and rest.

I agree the trusses for the camera and lights are expensive equipment. That is why players get a discount if they pay early.

So on paper the only upfront expenses are the arena, equipment and insurance. Maybe the staff is paid after services are rendered, like the players.

There are two transactions of expense, the upfront fees you detailed well. And then the tournament prizes. The tournament has two rounds of income before the event takes place and while the event is taking place.

On paper it mostly seems like a follow the guidelines operation and make sure everything gets to the event on time.

The facts on paper are a helpful thing. It seems better than an outdoor festival with similar amenities. There seems to be room for improvement when it comes to people getting around the arena, it was kinda of tight. People had to walk under the seats.
 
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MikeM

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I think players would agree that they could pour their own cups of cold water given a cooler. If it helps ease expenses associated with being in the tournament. Like the scheduling of matches and rest.

I agree the trusses for the camera and lights are expensive equipment. That is why players get a discount if they pay early.

I see it's just your brain that is num!
 

JohnGalt

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I think players would agree that they could pour their own cups of cold water given a cooler. If it helps ease expenses associated with being in the tournament. Like the scheduling of matches and rest.

I agree the trusses for the camera and lights are expensive equipment. That is why players get a discount if they pay early.

So on paper the only upfront expenses are the arena, equipment and insurance. Maybe the staff is paid after services are rendered, like the players.


Too bad more people with your clarity and vision don't produce events, we could have a successful tour around the world and we could all get rich!

And yes, I am being sarcastic.
 

justnum

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Too bad more people with your clarity and vision don't produce events, we could have a successful tour around the world and we could all get rich!

And yes, I am being sarcastic.

That is an admirable goal. If only there was a way to get rich off of being cheap and luring investors who do not think about what they are investing in.

Maybe the lottery is a good way. Or a pool tournament. The casino was my favorite all the odds were calculated ahead of time all that was needed are fillers for tickets and seats.
 
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justnum

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I am not trying to bash on Barry he had run the tournament forever. I am just discussing the expenses.

Since all the financial transactions haven't been completed a healthy audit would motivate parties to complete the transaction.

If you don't like audits than stick to advertising.

Audits are a lot of work. People have to travel and get information. It isn't easy. It isn't like selling, in an audit you actually have to find details no matter how small. That means checking and double checking the work.

It is even harder when parties do not disclose their books. It makes the guesswork less precise.

It is obvious some posters aren't interested in the payouts of players, they already got what they wanted.
 
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justnum

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It is clear once the businesses cash in from the tourney the players can wait out the storm.
 

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I am not trying to bash on Barry he had run the tournament forever. I am just discussing the expenses.

Since all the financial transactions haven't been completed a healthy audit would motivate parties to complete the transaction.

If you don't like audits than stick to advertising.

Audits are a lot of work. People have to travel and get information. It isn't easy. It isn't like selling, in an audit you actually have to find details no matter how small. That means checking and double checking the work.

It is even harder when parties do not disclose their books. It makes the guesswork less precise.

It is obvious some posters aren't interested in the payouts of players, they already got what they wanted.

I think that az is your place to go to to vent because in your heart you want to promote pool but in your trousers you lack the kahunas? Post
 

justnum

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I think that az is your place to go to to vent because in your heart you want to promote pool but in your trousers you lack the kahunas? Post

A professional audit starts with identifying failures of the past so they are not repeated. As it stands the players lack a lot of knowledge about what a tournament consists of aside from playing pool.

For me it is about the players not the sport. People are my primary concern not titles.
 

JohnGalt

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I am not trying to bash on Barry he had run the tournament forever. I am just discussing the expenses.

Since all the financial transactions haven't been completed a healthy audit would motivate parties to complete the transaction.

If you don't like audits than stick to advertising.

Audits are a lot of work. People have to travel and get information. It isn't easy. It isn't like selling, in an audit you actually have to find details no matter how small. That means checking and double checking the work.

It is even harder when parties do not disclose their books. It makes the guesswork less precise.

It is obvious some posters aren't interested in the payouts of players, they already got what they wanted.



I think I understand the point of what you're trying to say, and I actually agree with you on some general theories at times, but you type in a style that hurts my head to read. Like fragmented pieces of a dream strung together in a sentence form. I really can't explain it.

If you are saying that all the players should be paid, in full, before everyone considers an event to be successful, then I agree. There are plenty of costs and work involved, which you seem to underestimate. I am aware of these costs and work, but I still think the players should be paid immediately at the conclusion of playing (or next day during business hours, whatever), and there is no excuse for putting players on payment plans. Especially when you run the most prestigious event and all eyes are on you.

Assuming that players will keep coming, because they always do, does not make it acceptable to bait and switch people.

If you say you are going to do something, and then get the ideal situation in which to do it, and you know people are watching to see if you do it, then why not just do it?
 

justnum

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I think I understand the point of what you're trying to say, and I actually agree with you on some general theories at times, but you type in a style that hurts my head to read. Like fragmented pieces of a dream strung together in a sentence form. I really can't explain it.

If you are saying that all the players should be paid, in full, before everyone considers an event to be successful, then I agree. There are plenty of costs and work involved, which you seem to underestimate. I am aware of these costs and work, but I still think the players should be paid immediately at the conclusion of playing (or next day during business hours, whatever), and there is no excuse for putting players on payment plans. Especially when you run the most prestigious event and all eyes are on you.

Assuming that players will keep coming, because they always do, does not make it acceptable to bait and switch people.

If you say you are going to do something, and then get the ideal situation in which to do it, and you know people are watching to see if you do it, then why not just do it?

For me it was the treatment of the players that just disappointed me. They had tough schedules. They were exposed to the same conditions as fans and vendors. They had no area for themselves.

I have taken some bad jobs and seen a lot of mistreatment at various companies. But what I saw was bad.

My conclusions are the players aren't involved enough with tournaments, like most companies and their employee benefits. It would help if they understood what businesses go through so they can contribute to the solution.

But if people are unwilling to discuss a tournament outside of the payout and prizes it is difficult. How can players help if people don't want to talk about details?

The argument that people just have to sign up and do what they are told is old and does not generate the energy these events need.
 

justnum

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I want Barry and the US Open to succeed it has historic traditions.

How can people help to make it succeed if we aren't allowed to discuss the details.?
 

JohnGalt

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I want Barry and the US Open to succeed it has historic traditions.

How can people help to make it succeed if we aren't allowed to discuss the details.?


Unfortunately, the prevailing mindset is "something is better than nothing"

Until the players refuse to accept these conditions, nothing will change for them. Darren and Corey could have refused to play until the cash that was promised to be on display was actually put there. And then the crowd would have gotten angry (rightfully so) and the promoter would have had to remedy the problem. By doing what was promised. It's accountability. The players just accept what they're given, because hey, it's better than nothing.

And then lots of people on here just bash you if you question what happened.

It is very sad, and IMO Barry had a chance to refresh the faith that so many people have in him, but it didn't happen. And honestly, it doesn't happen because everyone will be back again to play next year, and Barry knows this. I can't say that he does this mainly because he knows he can get away with it, but I can say that nothing will really happen if he does, so why should he care? He can keep promising one thing and doing another and players will still show up because they want the title.

And if you question what happened, you get bashed and people say "well, what have you done?"

Well, how about what many other successful promoters and events have done? This problem doesn't happen at the amateur events in Vegas all summer (more players, more organization, more money involved), it doesn't happen at Derby City, it doesn't happen at Dragon Promotions events, etc... (if it does, then please excuse my ignorance - it shouldn't happen at any event imo)

So, my question remains, why does it happen at the US Open? How come no one can legitimately explain this?
 

justnum

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Unfortunately, the prevailing mindset is "something is better than nothing"

Until the players refuse to accept these conditions, nothing will change for them. Darren and Corey could have refused to play until the cash that was promised to be on display was actually put there. And then the crowd would have gotten angry (rightfully so) and the promoter would have had to remedy the problem. By doing what was promised. It's accountability. The players just accept what they're given, because hey, it's better than nothing.

And then lots of people on here just bash you if you question what happened.

It is very sad, and IMO Barry had a chance to refresh the faith that so many people have in him, but it didn't happen. And honestly, it doesn't happen because everyone will be back again to play next year, and Barry knows this. I can't say that he does this mainly because he knows he can get away with it, but I can say that nothing will really happen if he does, so why should he care? He can keep promising one thing and doing another and players will still show up because they want the title.

And if you question what happened, you get bashed and people say "well, what have you done?"

Well, how about what many other successful promoters and events have done? This problem doesn't happen at the amateur events in Vegas all summer (more players, more organization, more money involved), it doesn't happen at Derby City, it doesn't happen at Dragon Promotions events, etc... (if it does, then please excuse my ignorance - it shouldn't happen at any event imo)

So, my question remains, why does it happen at the US Open? How come no one can legitimately explain this?

Barry made promises he did not keep. He should not have made promises. The players can make requests. Corey had to ask the fans to turn the heat up at the event, literally one fan adjusted the thermostat. Other players decided to wear sweaters or jackets.

Players shouldn't be making those requests to the audience those requests belong to staff workers.
 
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fans were adjusted in the back by staff of the conference center. Thermostats in the bldg did not do anything. all was handled by city staff via computer which btw was pretty cool!
 

jay helfert

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I think players would agree that they could pour their own cups of cold water given a cooler. If it helps ease expenses associated with being in the tournament. Like the scheduling of matches and rest.

I agree the trusses for the camera and lights are expensive equipment. That is why players get a discount if they pay early.

So on paper the only upfront expenses are the arena, equipment and insurance. Maybe the staff is paid after services are rendered, like the players.

There are two transactions of expense, the upfront fees you detailed well. And then the tournament prizes. The tournament has two rounds of income before the event takes place and while the event is taking place.

On paper it mostly seems like a follow the guidelines operation and make sure everything gets to the event on time.

The facts on paper are a helpful thing. It seems better than an outdoor festival with similar amenities. There seems to be room for improvement when it comes to people getting around the arena, it was kinda of tight. People had to walk under the seats.

I like you, you're really a fun guy to talk to. I explain to you about the well over 100K (more like 125K) in expenses that it costs to produce the U.S. Open and you respond by telling me that the players could pour their own water to cut expenses. I wish you could see the smile that comment put on my face. I promise you I will discuss this with Barry next time we talk. I'm sure it will put a smile on his face as well. Thanks! :grin: :grin: :grin-square: :grin-square:
 
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