the am vs. pro argument comes to mind.
So what underwhelmed you about the players pack? I 've yet to be at an event and get 3 discs, 2 shirts for the $40 that was for the event. If you can go shpping and buy those items, then ok you are better than I. ($40=entry minus $5/ace and $5/PDGA fee).
As for the notion that you are being forced to pay $50 for the PDGA fee, its complete BS. You either are a PDGA member or not for these events, no one is forcing you to join the PDGA, you make a choice to join the PDGA to play events. If the Wide Open is the only PDGA event that you want to play, don't join, but help run the event in KC instead. That argument is not part of the equation.
Rick discussed this idea last year as we came to event, and I am not opposed to it.
Our payout was completely inline with all the othere NT's. Even though the Wide Open lost money as an event this year it still paid out over 135% to the pro field. So that argument still is confusing to me.
As to the notion of the $100,000 with the entry at $250 (thats $62.50/day) its pretty easy to get to $100,000 as you only needed 400 people to make that on the backs of the pro's alone. We were better than that in 2009 where we gave away $83,000 and entry fee was $215 ($53.75/day) (which is $254/player) for the 327 pros, compared to 432 that played this year for the $108,160 ($250.37/player). TO me the numbers and you how you play them can be the factors that people remember, but we got more money to the less players with over their entry fee, and then this years was about an even split based on #'s. Also all players in KC got gifts, now we didn't all get a free pair of Keen's as they did this year, but that just a sponsorship now for Majors that Keen started after the Worlds and actually did in 2009 with the USDGC.
Its tough folks, but what options do you suggest to get more money then. Are you willing to do the work needed to get the local sponsor on board now? If so, we will start to create sponsor forms now to get out there, and get some limited run discs if you can convince me that we will sell them......that means buying them....