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bradharris 03-13-2014 12:58 PM

How To Make It In America (In A Sport That Gets No Love)
 
Saw this on Facebook the other day.

http://mashable.com/2014/03/11/lacro...c2NzU2ZjNsZSJ9

Sure, this particular article is about the success of a lacrosse player. But it's an interesting read from the perspective of Disc Golf.

What's really interesting is that Lacrosse has a lot of the things that many claim disc golf needs (general recognition, strong youth/college programs, money, even ESPN coverage), yet, according to this article, only one professional lacrosse player actually makes a comfortable living on the sport alone.

But the fact that he's good at lacrosse alone isn't the reason he's been successful. That's what got him started, but he was proactive in creating himself as a brand to be sold. In disc golf, our pros seem to always be looking for a new brand to sell rather than creating their own personal brands.

AJ has been somewhat successful in that regard. And although her game is not at the top levels, Holly also has been very good at marketing her personal brand.

Moral of the story: It's up to the pros themselves to find ways to earn a living. There are limits (and it seems we may have hit a plateau) to what the NT can provide.

BigSky 03-13-2014 01:04 PM

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Originally Posted by bradharris (Post 2385700)
...a comfortable living....

One man's comfortable is another's wealthy. Or poor.

I am certain that Paul McBeth made more more last year than I did. And he's not married, raising three kids. To me, he's living large.

bradharris 03-13-2014 01:06 PM

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Originally Posted by BigSky (Post 2385709)
One man's comfortable is another's wealthy. Or poor.

I am certain that Paul McBeth made more more last year than I did. And he's not married, raising three kids. To me, he's living large.

But how long will he be able to sustain that?

BigSky 03-13-2014 01:11 PM

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Originally Posted by bradharris (Post 2385713)
But how long will he be able to sustain that?

The way he's going? A few years, at least. After that the money will dry up pretty quickly.

turbosteve 03-13-2014 01:58 PM

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Originally Posted by bradharris (Post 2385713)
But how long will he be able to sustain that?

I actually think McBeth will be fine. I think McBeth is trying to grow youth participation in disc golf. He recently started the junior team with his sponsor Innova and last night said if he was given $5 million he would start the little league version of disc golf.

oddjob 03-13-2014 02:00 PM

what's the tax rate on tournament winnings? wonder how much they actually report.

WhiteyBear 03-13-2014 02:12 PM

Great point about lacrosse vs disc golf. Lacrosse is infinitely more popularly played than DG, and a far greater reach in the sports world. All that exposure doesn't mean $$$.

In the end, it's a life choice to play a game/sport for a living, and the financial aspects are something you need to walk into deliberately. That's the way it is with any profession/job/business.

WhiteyBear 03-13-2014 02:12 PM

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Originally Posted by oddjob (Post 2385785)
what's the tax rate on tournament winnings? wonder how much they actually report.

PDGA reports sanctioned tournament wins. The rest is up to them to declare, just like the rest of the nation.

turbosteve 03-13-2014 02:14 PM

I find it interesting that only 1.8 million people played lacrosse in 2012. I would have thought more people played than 1.8 million.

bradharris 03-13-2014 02:15 PM

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Originally Posted by turbosteve (Post 2385802)
I find it interesting that only 1.8 million people played lacrosse in 2012. I would have thought more people played than 1.8 million.

I don't think it has a wide enough spread. It's wildly popular in certain areas of the country, but virtually non-existent in many others.


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