It is kind of a joke, 64 players and 8K added with $500 entry fees and $160/night rooms. If you finish third you might break even! Meanwhile at the Ultimate Ten Ball, there was $75,000 ADDED money, same entry fee and rooms for under $60 a night. He had exactly 83 players.
And these guys wonder why no one wants to sponsor a major tournament today. HELLO! Why not try supporting a VERY GOOD one when you have/had a chance! If I was Badi, I would have walked too.
I would like to say that the Ulimate 10 Ball, for me, was a great experience being able to work along side of so many great people like yourself , Mark Wilson, Danny D and Joey A. The staff of Diamond was awesome and Ken Shuman is the Ultimate Professional when it come to tournament directing.
It seems to me that the events that focus on the players and how much the players are getting aren't doing as well as the events that focus more on the fans. The fans are the ones who will buy things, cheer for their favorite player and tell everyone how much fun they had.
I think this is why the SBE does well and why I think smaller events with more emphasis on the fan experience are going to be what turns pool around. This in turn will create more opportunities for the players in the form of more events with more fans.
Make it fun or it ain't no fun.
I was told the winner of the tap event got 10k and the winner of the amateur got 5k. That tells you where the money is in pool right now. Like it or not the apa and tap seem to be the only groups really thriving.
How can they call it a Professional championship when only 9,000 is being added to the event? Also, why weren't the Ultimate 10 ball people treated like gods when they were adding 10 times this amount?