I am only trying to determine if the
50% payback/ KCBS Championship/ Taste of Champ Que Money
Combination works for the teams
Prize money is damn difficult to locate in this economy
Contests in 2009 and beyond may look more like this than the old model
The concept of the 50%/KCBS Championship combo works for me in theory.
However, given the price of gas, the bigger factor will become how far I have to haul stuff if I have to pay a $200 entry fee and lower prize money, so that is why I am trying to figure location before I said, "yeah I would definitely be interested in this contest". 40 miles from Disneyland could be in Pasadena. If you are going to be at the Rose Bowl, then yeah we are definitely interested. But one of the big reasons we were interested in Hesperia was the $75 entry fee and the miles away. We figured that the increased gas money was offset by the lower entry fee, so it was a wash. A higher entry fee then just becomes another factor along with higher gas.
Given that the Taste of Q is now going to be teams collecting cash, I don't know how much interest we will have in that on a going forward basis. We are still discussing that. It just makes it more complicated and we are a small team. If we aren't going to be participating in a Taste of Q and gas prices stay this high or go higher, we will probably be looking at two events a year and we will then pick something like Wishland and either Clovis or more likely Viejas if it still stay around, unless an event is literally just in our back yard.