Originally Posted by jtencer
One thing that I think Ultimate got right and disc golf got wrong is the way the money from tournaments/events gets distributed.
In ultimate, the players pay to enter events and get to participate. The TDs or organizing groups put on the event. They roll some of that money into renting fields/paint for lines/snacks for everyone/liability insurance/etc. The rest they keep to do what they please. Teams will often host tournaments as fund-raisers.
It means the people who have to do all the boring work get paid and the people who are paying to play the game don't get all distracted by worrying about if the payout is big enough or fair or whatever.
I don't know of any other sport that does tournament payouts the way that disc golf does. Ultimate, regular golf, baseball, volleyball, races/triathlons, they all do it roughly the same way. Trophy and a small prize for the winners, maybe a t-shirt or something for everyone else. The participants don't go into the event expecting a bunch of free stuff for not winning.