This whole "selling the BCA leagues" concept has some strange implications.
Considering that the BCA is run by a board of which some members have vested
interests in other leagues, this almost seems like a hostile takeover (in
corporate terms). They can't buy stock, so they take their presence,
leverage the other board members, and agree to do something to the BCA which
profits themselves. While I'm sure what they are doing is not illegal, it
seems to be far from ethical. I, for one, would adamantly refuse to join
such an organization after they "took me over".
> I am a large BCA league operator in Southern Ontario, Canada. I have about
> 700 players in my various leagues. I run these leagues on a break even
> APA is not the only one who is interested in buying the league. I had a
> call from one of the interested parties last week. He was calling to find
> out the reaction of the larger league operators to the potential sale.
> I told him that should the league be sold to a for profit company, the
> Canadian leagues would probably band together and start their own league.
> This option was already discussed at the Canadian BCA Championships in
> January. I also suggested that the BCA State associations in the US were
> ready to do the same thing.
> What would the impact on the players be?? If it was sold to a for profit
> company and the operator stayed with this company, it would have to cost
> them money. BCA currently charges $10 US per player. I can not see this
> staying the same if someone is trying to make money on the league. Just
> look at APA and how much of the money gets back to the players.
> If a separate association were started, I would see very little change and
> the players would probably not even know it happened. We would still run
> Vegas, although probably on a slightly smaller scale the first year. In
> Canada we would still run the Canadians and the Western and Eastern
> If the potential buyers talk to the large operators, I can not see them
> going ahead with the purchase unless there was very little money involved.
> After all, they are buying the right to affiliate players and if these
> players move to another association they will be left with nothing.
> Roy Mason
>> I don't think that will go over too well. After all most of the BCA
> players conciously
>> choose BCA over APA. I've never played BCA, only APA, but from what I've
> heard the leagues
>> are quite different. And just how do you sell the members of a league?
>>> I understand it has been in the works for a while to sell
>>> the players to the APA. I am not sure of the holdup
>>> except that the BCA had a false number of members
>>> presented for the buy. APA wanted proof and wanted to look
>>> into it further. I think the deal will go down eventually.
>>>> Yes it's true! In it's infinite wisdom, the BCA Board of Directors
>>>> has decided to sell the BCA League system to the highest bidder. The
>>>> Trade Member dominated board is attempting to profit off the hard work
>>>> of its team captains, league operators, state association board
>>>> members and player volunteers. I applaud the Boards decision to
>>>> separate the league system from the trade association; to separate the
>>>> two is well over due. However, to sell it and alienate a large
>>>> portion of its membership is not the answer. The BCA League system
>>>> must remain a non-profit organization controlled by the players and
>>>> league operators that have made it what it is today. If you would
>>>> like to know more about the "sale of billiards integrity" in America
>>>> and what options are available please feel free to contact this email
>>>> want to express your views directly please contact the BCA Board of
>>>> Directors by calling 719-264-8300.
>>>> BCA Player