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Subject: Re: Professional Entry Fees

Author: Bruce Moreland

Date: 10:15:35 10/13/97

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On October 13, 1997 at 05:27:35, Ed Schröder wrote:

>In athletics when you want Carl Lewis in your event you have to pay to
>get
>him if you want your event to be a success. Why should commercials not
>ask the ICCA money for showing up?

Good question.  Here is a possible answer:  The ICCA doesn't stand to
make additional money by having the commercials show up, it is isn't run
for profit.

There is nothing preventing the participants from trying to extract
money from the sponsors of the tournament, right?  Does that make your
analogy work better, or is this still different?

>Costs for a commercial...
>1.. 2-3 weeks preparation.
>2.. $1000 entry fee.
>3.. hotel for 2 persons.
>4.. flight for 2 persons.
>5.. loss of 10 working days.
>6.. Get the best (read buy new) Pc available.

Not to argue, but my own list of expenses reads similarly.

>and for what?
>
>*IF* the commercial wins the main tournament, what does he have?
>
>The commercial has to share his title with:
>- title for best amateur program;
>- title for best blitz program;
>- more?

You get to put "world champion" on your box and in your ads for the next
hundred years.  I don't know if this is worth anything, but I have seen
plenty of examples.

>It's not worth to invest $5000 - $10,000 for that.
>
>It's not attractive to participate. Perhaps it was in the early days for
>the bigger companies like Saitek and Hegener & Glaser with high end
>machines of > $1000, but this is 1997 with diskettes and cdroms.

Maybe true, I'm not arguing.

bruce



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