I guess having a waiting list year after year is "sinking too deep"? Plenty of young willing guys to step up and enter year after year....even with a sucky economy. Even when the price goes up. (Speaking about the Tour level).
exactly my point, they keep a strong demand with just a Southeast series. Also only 6 events allows the field to be FILLED with part timers and not only full time pros. the majority of FLW Tour guys have other jobs or retired where the majority of BASS Elites are full time pros.
a few minor points in regards to floating high in years past...
1) They got rid of the Majors although the Majors had healthy fields.
2) FLW set up unique model where they went out to get the big sponsors and limited sponsors anglers could have, the benefit was top anglers got "team deals'. How many fewer team deals are there today than before? Are you telling me Forest Wood Cup champion Anthony Gagliardi didn't even get a team deal?
3) Up through 2009 winners of tour events got $200k (go Mark Pack!) and 2nd got $50k, it is now $125k and 2nd gets $30k.