Don't get me wrong because I am a big fan of FLW and have never fished a BASS event to date. What I get out of the changes is $200K gone from the Cup and $100K gone from each of the 6 qualifiers equalling $600K gone for a total of at least $800,000 that will not be paid back in the 6 Tour Events and the Cup due to only paying down to 50th place instead of top 60 in the past. All the while increasing the entry fee by $200 per event which equals another $180K per 6 events in additional revenue based on a 150 boat field.
Between the cuts to Pro's and Co's just in the Tour I see over a million dollars in reduced payouts.
seems to be the final analysis by the pros, only positive spin is that allowing more freedom with sponsors FLW is basically saying "you wanted the freedom with sponsors, now you go out and get the extra $800k yourself". Also nice with the 2 Invitationals the pros get a more full schedule. Rayovac guys should be more excited chance to make the Invitationals.