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Old 10-06-2015, 09:05 PM
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Well, here's a project that wraps a lot of the ideas about top events and spectators and publicity all together. It'll be interesting to see how it goes:

http://www.discgolfworldtour.com/
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Old 10-06-2015, 09:09 PM
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So this is Jussi's big new idea?

Very similar to when the Pro Tour went their own direction in Ball Golf.
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Old 10-06-2015, 09:36 PM
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I'm glad this is happening. This will make it easier for players to watch the top pros. Hard to do that when your also playing.
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Old 10-06-2015, 09:39 PM
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Where's the money coming from?

That's my question.
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Where's the money coming from?

That's my question.
Innova, according to this article:

http://allthingsdiscgolf.com/announc...lf-world-tour/
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Interesting that they are giving two years of support.

Hopefully that will be enough to help the organization take off.

Innova used to throw a bunch of money at the USDGC for years too.
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Ball Golf is a relevant comparison since it seems to be the well from which many of Meresmaa 's Ideas are drawn. However in this case the cart is before the horse and that is the very trick he has to pull off. Money (or lack there of) is a massive issue in the small sport of Disc Golf. And its one issue that ball golf didn't have to deal with at this stage of its growth. The PGA tour started over a dispute over how to distribute funds from growing television coverage. The big money was already there.

The Dew Tour is also analogous and perhaps a better model. They were able to attract big money into sports that had not yet reached a big audience since they had a valuable demographic. 18-30 year olds.

I hope this is a trick he can pull off. Good Luck Jussi!

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There are things I like about the concept and some things I'm "meh" about. I like that (at least some of the events) will be rolled into existing PDGA events like the USDGC. I'm not sure I agree with the "open" format. Cuz its not really open (to women that is)

This will be a fascinating experiment. A lot of people thing the PDGA could/should/whatever be raising a lot more money for the top events. This assumes that there is an actual demand from which to fundraise for, which I'm not sure is true. This series will see who is correct; if the money is their to sink into events Jussi is probably the best person to find it.
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Jussi pitched this to me and it was a very elaborate presentation. The fields will be very limited and events will be tough to get into. Manufacturers may also be able to "buy" their players into the events for players that are not qualified. He also mentioned 25% as a potential payout option for the percentage of the field. He asked me if I was interested in including Ledgestone in the Tour as the September event, but it just wasn't going to work out.

Innova is giving six figures to support the tour and he anticipates spending a lot of money on each event for the production of the event (not the payout). He also said the tour would be able to be bid on after two years for other manufacturers to be the primary tour sponsor instead of Innova. It will be interesting to see how it all shakes out!
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Something I would like to see addressed: Why not sink all of this money into expanding disc golf at the youth sports level? Why divert all of your efforts to a handful of professionals when there is a massive base of recreational players and even more who can be attracted at the school and youth level?

It all sounds impressive, but I can't help but think that getting more young people into the sport would make more of an impact.

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