Originally Posted by cgkdisc
Didn't answer the question. Why are primarily volunteer TDs the only ones that should suffer the risk if turnout is low? It's not like TDs make much if anything and certainly lose with low turnouts. Course rental was $400 for a recent low turnout event for example. Bad weather forecasts scare away pre-registration or players wanting refunds.
I valued discs at below MSRP for a C Tier this year that drew 30 golfers, and I still made over $150, and it would have been more had I not added $100 in cash to the Open purse. Think about that: I valued my merch under MSRP and STILL could have come out $250+ dollars ahead had I not added cash to the pro purse. Any tournament director that is losing money is outsourcing his merch/payouts to a vendor that is going to be doing nothing but profiting from the event. (the mistake I made for both of my B Tiers mentioned above where I lost tons of money)
edit: Thinking on it even more, could have made even more had my two biggest am payouts not chosen to get their payouts online via the Dynamic Discs store (which is an option I offered).