I have two questions regarding the recent FLW changes. First, why? Second, who does it benefit?
It doesn't benefit the anglers who will now be spending more to fish for less. Cutting it back by 30 boats means there's $120,000 less per event in the pot and increasing the entries by $300 only adds $45,000 per event to the pot – eaning that there's $75,000 less on the table per event.
Will more sponsor money be added to pot to make up this difference?
This sport is hard enough for guys to make a living as it is. I don't see this change been good for the sport.
Wouldn't it make more sense to increase entries by $1,000 instead of $300? This would add $150,000 to the pot (per event), meaning the pot would grow by $30,000 (per event) even after cutting the field size by 30. Now there is more money and better odds of cashing a check.
As for the changes with final-day sponsor boats, how does allowing guys to fish from FLW boats instead of FLW sponsor boats help anyone? It's not helping the pros because they are not able to showcase their sponsors and it doesn't help FLW because without guys running the FLW sponsor boats these sponsorships are worthless.
Perhaps I am missing something and with further clarification these questions will be answered. Maybe there is more to this and in the end these will be changes for the better.
Here's hoping ...