If the sport doesn't move forward it only moves backwards... All the pro sports we are trying to make disc golf into today didn't happen overnight. It took hard work from volunteers that care about the game to get them where they are at now. I personally don't think that entertainers/athletes should make the money they make, nor do I think that they should have made the money they made during the early developing stages. The one thing we need to remember is that the pay to play system isn't making the game corporate, it's just making the courses better. If the entire KC DG scene goes to a pay to play we should then look into a KC Card that allows us to pay a yearly fee to play all the courses. I would hate to be limited to playing a few courses because I'd have to get half a dozen "memberships" to different courses.
It will take years for us to be even close to the gallery sizes of the pga. Our sport shouldn't even be compared to that of other's like MLB, NFL, NBA, etc. because it's not on the same level from a spectators point of view. Fan's are the ones victimized in all of those sports, look at the cost of a single Chiefs game. Ticket prices, parking, and concessions, you can't go to a game for less than $100.
Unfortunately the pga is the only mainstream sport that compares. Not sure what the costs are to watch these events, but I'm sure they aren't cheap. We need good pros to carry us to the next level, but the next level isn't going to be prime time ESPN, and it's not going to happen overnight.
Sorry for the ramble,