Join Bridge Winners
All comments by Jeff Bayone
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Ellis, Randy, and every other teaching club owner out there.
It's about rewarding us for our work.
Call it what you will.
25 years is a good run Randy. October was 43 for me. How about you Ellis? And if we closed tomorrow what will we have going forward to show for that long run? No pension. Perhaps a thank you in our obit if we also won a National Championship or two along the way.

If I created just 20 new players each year, there would be close to 1,000 out there by now. But those 1000 also had others they brought into the game, and they had others.
If every time one of them played in a club that wasn't mine I got a thank you, if every time they went off and played at a Sectional, Regional, or National, I got a thank you, that would make me feel good. If a monetary award was tied to that thank you I would not only feel good, I would feel empowered. I actually know the very first group of students we taught 43 years ago. Long story. Four of them still play regularly at the Sectional level and above. That's not the norm. The overwhelming majority don't last or never make it that far. But when they do! When we find that needle in a haystack and bring them along, all the way, to LM or higher, that feels good. Maybe that's been enough for people like us all these years. But that's clearly not enough for most people and it is coming to that realization that is central to understanding why this present system, or lack of system, is killing our clubs and with it, our game.

Reward teaching clubs. Not with $5, $10 or $30 over three years. Reward us, and maybe everyone else that's an ACBL member, with a long term contract agreeing to some stipulated thank you every time that a person we are credited with creating plays at a club that's not the one that created the player or in an ACBL event. And make it meaningful. Jay Whipple has assured me that keeping track of this would be a “piece of cake”. Of course, the devil will be in the details. But let's not sweat the small stuff. The heavy lifting needs to be done first. It's convincing the BoD that the idea has merit. It may even be in convincing you guys that the idea has merit. But think about all you've both correctly identified as club problem areas and see how nicely this general theory of relativity solves them. How much, for how long are the only two variables. E=mc2 E = reward, m = how much, c = how long. Simple, neat, effective.

And when the next talented young teacher comes along and calculates that over those next 43 years, from the first duplicate player he or she creates on, they will be rewarded handsomely for their efforts, he or she may decide that instead of playing pro every afternoon why not open a bridge club, because with their talent, energy, and drive, they know that that's where the REAL money is!!!!
Nov. 26, 2019
Jeff Bayone edited this comment Nov. 26, 2019
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
I've lost a friend and with it maybe the last chance the bridge community had. Bahar was fired because he posed an existential threat to the Board. Loss of control. Anything else you may have heard is smoke and mirrors. Bahar was trying to be a real CEO. He will probably be remembered as our last. It will be ED's from here on. Sad.
Nov. 25, 2019
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Mostly agree of course. Not sure about the size part.
Nov. 25, 2019
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Totally agree.
Nov. 25, 2019
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Good…I need this and more feedback. It took a while but now we are starting to scratch the surface.
I knew there would be an initial mutiny on the bounty. And if my idea of expanding the bounty almost exponentially is to take hold, the nuts and bolts of the program certainly need to be worked through. I've spent a lot of time talking and thinking about how to implement such a program. I believe it can be done.

Suppose the BoD comes to the realization that the only way to keep bridge from the inevitable, is to empower its 165,000 members, its 2,800 bridge clubs, and the hundreds of independent instructors. What will it take to get these people motivated, to get them out there to do the work necessary to bring in new members? $30 paid out over three years? For most of us, that's the equivalent of about an hour's wages for what will often be umpteen hours of work.

A disclaimer: This is not about me personally or my clubs. Honors, Cavendish, and Aces together will gross close to $4,000,000 this year. Whatever the bounty, it will have little impact on our bottom line, nor will it alter the lifestyles of any of my partners.
But it could have a dramatic impact.
This is about the hundreds of break even bridge teaching centers. It is about changing the thinking of non-teaching clubs. It is about giving independent teachers a reason for not warehousing their clients or worse, actively trying to turn them off to duplicate bridge. And, most important, it is about creating a bridge club business model that makes sound economic sense. What would it take to convince Larry Cohen, or Joe Grue, or Zack Grossack, or just about anyone else now standing on the sidelines, to open a club?
I'll tell you what won't…$30 spread over three years.
Nov. 25, 2019
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Good! Let's stay with this for a while.
Nov. 25, 2019
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Good.
Now we are getting some where.
Nov. 25, 2019
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
I am intending on expanding my explanation. But I need people to understand first what the problem is.
It is that there is no incentive for anyone out there to open a new full service bridge center. That is, one that focuses much of their attention and energies on creating future duplicate players.
$30 to create a player, and that over a three year period, is not going to move the needle one iota.
Prospective entrepreneurs need to see a business model that makes good investment sense. Our present model does anything but.
Nov. 25, 2019
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Finally someone else commenting on the core issues.
Nov. 25, 2019
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Finally someone commenting on the core issues.
Nov. 25, 2019
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Randy. I have noticed a serious uptick in new business recently.
Not just in bridge, but in canasta, Mah Jongg, and European style board games. Gaming is on the rise.
Nov. 24, 2019
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
It's not being on the Unit Board. I've been on mine for much of my 43 years as a club owner going back to Edgar Kaplan days. I've never been considered for the BoD from my District. Nor has any other club owner during that time. Jimmy Becker, Bjorn Fallenius, and Aaron Silverstein, club owners all, weren't ever considered either.
Nov. 22, 2019
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Oh JoAnn…..
Nov. 21, 2019
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Got it.
Nov. 21, 2019
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Are you familiar with Best e-Bridge?
Nov. 21, 2019
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
You really need a plan for that?
Nov. 20, 2019
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
No Joe. The worst case scenario is that it will accomplish little more than waste time by kicking the main can down the road, or worse, continuing to ignore the heart of the League's problems. The more important issue here is that after all the time spent on restructuring, the Board will be made of 13 people with no experience in so many vital areas necessary to sustain our organization, rather than the 25 we have now.
Whoopie.
As several BoD members have pointed out to me, if cost savings is what it is about, reduce the number of meetings to two a year. It's simple and almost as effective.
25 may even be better than 13. There's then twice the chance that someone will know something about something other than dealing with endless discussions of cheating at the highest levels and about tournament minutia. What about the other 160,000 members, the other 2,800 clubs, and the thousands of dedicated teachers? Who is there out there addressing our concerns?
So fine, go ahead and play your endless political games. Frankly my dear, the rest of us don't give a damn.
Nov. 19, 2019
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
The tutorials are no where near as good as those of Best e-Bridge, the online learning and practice site that Honors uses along with our beginner and advanced beginner courses.
Nov. 19, 2019
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
Spot on. Nail on the head. The new ACBL website that will be rolled out soon, to its credit, does focus on the enjoyment of the game, the social aspect, that comes from being part of a club. Trouble is, as you've stated, there is little incentive provided to anyone thinking of starting a new club or even taking over one of the many that are on its last legs.
The BoD is comprised, as you rightfully say, of good people one and all, except they are all cut from the same Unit cloth. They are all of one head. And it is buried in tournament sand.

Allan, I know how I would try to change this. How would you?
Nov. 18, 2019
You are ignoring the author of this comment. Click to temporarily show the comment.
We are hoping to partner with Hex and Company, a NYC based group of “games cafes”. Their model is heavily weighted toward evenings and weekends, ours is to mornings and afternoons. Shared games space. This could work as a business model for bridge clubs everywhere.
Nov. 17, 2019
Jeff Bayone edited this comment Nov. 17, 2019
.

Bottom Home Top