Good questions...all.....but consider this:Originally posted by Too Old
Explain to me why any venue would consider a race in the future knowing that the racers might decide to boycott?
Who can afford to take that gamble?
I'm not privy to what the disagreement was about between racers and the LLC and frankly, when looking at it from a promoters standpoint, I doubt it matters. What the promoters now certainly understand is that hosting an Offshore Race is more risky than ever.
Surely there was an alternative to punishing the Orange Beach promoters.
1. Orange Beach hosted not one...but two..... events this year...and after partnering with SBI...ditched them in favor of the LLC....they are hardly "innocents" in this mess. In fact they contributed to the "musical chairs" aspect of the sport.
2. I agree the sport is not predictable and won't be until a sanctioning body with principles, integrity, and traction emerges. Please face the facts........ That body does not exist at present!
3. The "breakaway" racers had legitimate......and long unaddressed .............issues with the LLC. They had no basis for loyalty(which must be earned...not appointed...or purchased) , nor did they respect the leadership(which also must be earned...not dictated).... and unlike some others...I don't place that blame at their feet..but rather at the feet of those who would lead.....and have'nt measured up.
Fred, I've been consistent in pointing out that there has been a problem in the sport and its leaders..... This is neither new...... nor solved. No amount of political jubilation, posturing, pandering, piling on, nor public relations...can hide the fact that the emperor has no clothes.
I submit that the next few years will be painful and, if no single core group emerges, with both the racer's and fan's best interests at heart..... the sport may fade to an asterisk in the history of marine motor racing..... The current sponsor/promoter first.... last.... and always... business plan...is doomed to be nothing more than what it is... a high speed infomercial.
T2x....wishing he had better news