I could be off base, but I think what Clues reffering to is the way Ams have no need to raise thier game to compete on a higher level. Whats the point? Mediocre Am players are enjoying huge fields and decent payouts, not to mention the player packages, for in some cases half the amount it costs to play Pro. Back in the day ( before I came along ) Am players didnt get fat stacks of plastic, in fact, they rarely got much more than a few discs and a trophy. If you expected to be compensated in any way, it was to move up and play against pros.
Around 2000, or so, I think, they adjusted pay charts for Am players so that the payout qas 100% in product. It was done, IMO, to make sure vendors would run events, and profit. It also was a great way for TDs to make sure thier events would be successful as more and more Ams started playing events with the hopes of fat plastic payouts. The most bitching is done by players who missed that mark early or late, and the people that still hear former Ams talking about it and are pissy its not happening to them. Instead, the PDGA is forcing players packs and smaller payouts to offset the money put in or paid out by a TD.
For the most part, Shanes post is correct. Pros really dont bring much to the table but complaints about the payout, field, course, ect. In the future, as Pro numbers rise due to more sponsorship and money coming in from outside sources, I think you may see a "House take" that will come out of Pro entry fees. Example: Whats the matter with a TD taking in a few hundred dollars from added cash if its a Pro event? Well, the Pros immediately become Math Whizs and deduct the money and call it unfair, as it could have paid the 10th spot or made the winners purse slightly higher, so in other words Pros wont go for it. They will complain about it, even when playing for a 2k purse. How can you expect a person to spend the weekend running an event for nothing? Its alot of stress and hard work. For me, Im probably giving up a chance at money. ( small, I know, but still a chance. ) Im also in a different boat than most, as Ill do it for the future, as it will help my business down the road.
As Shane pointed out, right now, its Ams that make and break a tournament. If no Ams show, the TD is out of alot of sales. The Pros may spend a small amount of money, but FAR less than waht a strong Am field is going to spend. And that doesnt include pay-out. Until there are as many Pros as Ams, the ball is in the Pros court to Pre-Reg, and when the numbers are more equal, then you will see a pattern similar to the IOS Series where each play on different days. Which, doesnt really matter as the ADV field still dwarfs the Pro field, which almost got us shut out at Crystal Lake. What was said after? Shouldve Pre-Reg. If the on-line option is not available, then its crappy, but TDs know Ams will show early in the A.M. or send ahead.
I do feel the time is coming when Pro events will be about a large tour and smaller events will have smaller Pro fields. Top level Pros will spend thier summer hitting different Super Tours every week, and mediocre Pros will hit smaller events and actually be able to continue playing as often as they like. This is where a Pro becomes more useful to the TD than the Ams, as they can showcase touring Pros to help boost attendance. The Ams will show either way, but I do beleive in the "superstar" and that they can bring in numbers with them. But...until theres alot more money in disc golf and incentives to run Pro only events, you will continue to ride backseat to Ams at most events. I try to offer enough cash that its worth it for Pros to show-up, but also hope for a huge Am field, as that pays the bills.