SpikeHyzer wrote:grodney wrote:I have to believe the VAST majority of discs purchased in the world are purchased by people who don't give 2 sh!ts about what player is sponsored by what company. Nor is DG marketing anywhere near needing to worry about "top of mind" brand recognition for the VAST majority of buyers. So what's the point?
I completely agree with this statement from a disc manufacturer's standpoint. But from a vendor's standpoint or even say an apparel company, I can see having sponsored players. A pretty decent tax write off for a vendor(ProFlight/Iron Lion/LS Disc's/etc) to sponsor players.
Idk about for tax purposes, to be honest. That has no factor whatsoever for us. Its about marketing, and also about rewarding people who are active in the disc golf community.
Im in downsizing mode right now when it comes to the team. The team has been successful from a performance standpoint, but doesnt really generate immediate sales or anything. If I didnt care about advancing disc golf I wouldnt have a team of players at all, especially not the size it is. I would sponsor a few of the best players I could and hope they cared enough about my business to honor thier agreement with Iron Lion...this is not a road I plan to go down.
I have loyalty with the players I sponsor as that is what they have shown me. It sucks to have to tell people they are no longer active on Team, but I dont support your family or anything, so it isnt that hard.
I do believe that it promotes organized play and has been a factor in our and disc golfs growth locally, but I think that shared with good natured people that play the game and are helpful in making it presentable.