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05-25-2010, 02:14 AM #103
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05-25-2010, 02:27 AM #105
The risk is losing that venue's interest in the sport, and dare I say, losing sponsors. OK, perhaps HK and S'pore are small places so the impact of loss may only be 'small'. But, those sponsors are established and regular and forms a strong base where other sponsors have a desire to be. What if we try to give SS status to US, Canada, Australia etc? Is the likelihood of gathering greater interest in the sport and attracting sponsorship high? So high that the risk of alienating a small but core base of sponsors in HK and S'pore is acceptable?
If we look at Swiss Open as an example, it is a tournament that has been run many years. It got SS status. Have we got any data that the SS status has improved the status of badminton in Switzerland?
Next will be France. We have had a World Championship there and SS tournaments. We will need a couple of years to confirm wether the strategy really has opened up grass roots interest and increased popularity.
What I am really saying is do not assume giving a SS status to a certain country will automatically get you the sponsors and fill stadiums.
Last edited by Cheung; 05-25-2010 at 02:29 AM.
05-25-2010, 02:28 AM #106
05-25-2010, 02:36 AM #107
05-25-2010, 03:02 AM #108
05-25-2010, 04:45 AM #109
Korea may have a $1.5M in the next 1012 Premier SS..
05-25-2010, 05:03 AM #110
Hm..I think KOR will have US$ 1.2 for next 3 yrs....not US$ 1.5
05-25-2010, 10:29 AM #111
Better do it soon, otherwise, come 2013, BWF will vote again whether to retain HK Open as a Super Series... This year HK was already in the 'endangered' list... By 2013, if USA, Russia, and Australia have significantly improved, I say HK Open shall be a Gold GP event...
Last edited by Krisna; 05-25-2010 at 10:33 AM.
05-25-2010, 10:29 AM #112
05-25-2010, 12:06 PM #113
05-25-2010, 01:57 PM #114
http://www.badmintonhalle.ch/typo3te...83e0010931.jpg http://www.badmintonhalle.ch/typo3te...de5a959dbb.jpg). A lot more going on there than here in Netherladns for example eventhough the level is still lower. I think it's a ridiculous decision to cut them out after putting up the prize money for several years when not even Germany (with a population ten times larger) could do so or was willing to but I guess they'd like to say "we have SS in Paris same as Roland Garros" (perhaps SO should've moved to Zurich or more central Bern to attract spectators from every corner).
A positive spin I'm reading is that there are less restrictions for an non SS event in terms of promoting the event and they are determined to make it the best GP Gold there is with possibly still $200,000 in prizemoney. In the end it's only a label and on the calendar it's probably still before or after AE so will it really a make a big difference?
Last edited by demolidor; 05-25-2010 at 02:07 PM.
05-25-2010, 07:49 PM #115
I think Swiss need to consider providing affordable accomodation during the tournament for the players and spectators outside the region. That's the problem with Swiss.
It is not just giving more money for the winners.
05-26-2010, 12:20 AM #116
I look forward to the Indonesia Open. Do they serve beer as well?
What are your thoughts on the risk:benefit assessment?
Originally Posted by demolidor
To be honest, do we really need to cut SS status if an event can generate enough sponsorship? I am sure a player will not be able to attend all the SS events in one year.
Last edited by Cheung; 05-26-2010 at 12:32 AM.
05-26-2010, 10:12 AM #117
In Indonesia, no beer... We're a country where 85%+ of the population are muslims. Alcohol is considered not kosher by them... I don't drink alcohol either out of sheer habit (because most of my society do not consume alcohol either)... Alcohol advertisements are also banned in Indonesia...
If you're coming to Indonesia Open, please feel free to contact me via PM...
05-26-2010, 10:33 AM #118
05-26-2010, 11:14 AM #119
Badminton's All England Championships set to break $1m Super Series barrier
Published: 7:00AM BST 26 May 2010
The All England Championships, badminton's oldest tournament, will break $1 million in prize money over the next three years after being awarded top-tier status in a revamped Super Series.
By Rod Gilmour
From next season, the All England will join the Korea Open, Indonesia Open, Denmark Open and China Open as one of five events comprising badminton's new Premier Series, effectively the first tennis-style grand slam. There will be seven other second-tier Super Series events and total prize money for the year for the 12 events will rise to $4.7 million.
Adrian Christy, Badminton England's chief executive, told The Daily Telegraph: "Having five focused events, this will be the equivalent of the Majors. It is definitely a step in the right direction and time that the top players were rewarded.
The Super Series format was introduced in 2007 but after a review at the end of last year, the Badminton World Federation decided to introduce a two-tier system from 2011.
Over the next three years, All England's prize purse will amount to $1.1 million and Christy believes that the new format will benefit both the sport in the UK and the Super Series' global status.
He said: "I don't think the Super Series went stale, it was just a tour without any focal events during the course of the year other than the finals at the end of the 12 months.
"The All England in 2012 will be part of the Olympic qualification process. It will be a real shop window for talent. Having three world-class events leading up to 2012 [two All Englands and the World Championships in 2011], I am not sure too many sports can say that."
Lee Chong Wei won this year's All England Championships in Birmingham, bringing China's domination to an end.
(BTW I also don't know why the BWF was so generous to tiny Singapore for retaining its SS status. With almost its 'first team' prematurely retired and none of its present batch having attained notable world ranking status, Singapore Badminton has experienced a rather bad patch for the past year. It is a slow road to regaining its former 'glory'.
On the other hand, surely size is not everything. If it were, then India should have gained a place in the Premier league, displacing perhaps Denmark which has a population not very much larger than Singapore's. )
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