Originally Posted by Jashwa
Well, to say that almost every other amateur sport thrives without paying winners is wrong and it brings up another point that I have been meaning to introduce. There are probably hundreds of sports that use the true amateur system that do NOT thrive. The problem is that most of us probably haven't heard of them or are unfamiliar with their payout structure because they aren't thriving. Therefore, we have kind of a "biased sample" in that we can only base these decisions and opinions on the successful sports we have heard of.
True, but all that come to my mind and all I've been associated with, do perfectly well without paying amateurs. If something works in 99 out of 100 situations, I wouldn't spend a lot of time figuring out how it worked in 99; I'd consider why it didn't work in one.