- Jun 27, 2006
Mike from Mayhem said:* The Toronto Pro is gone.
* The European Grand Prix is gone.
* San Jose/San Francisco/Sacramento Pro is gone.
* The Colorado Pro is gone.
* The Keystone Pro
* The GNC Show is gone.
* Master's Olympia
The NY Pro isn't as big or talked about as what the NOC used to be. The Ironman Pro moved from a 4000 seat theater to a 1200 folding chair side room in a convention center.
There seems to be only a handful of Pro Shows that are hanging on and doing well:
* The Olympia
* The Arnold
* The Europa
What's the deal?
* Fan enthusiasm down?
* Degrading bodies a turn off?
* Too much time and money to travel?
* Local scene not enough to support a local pro show?
Pro shows cost quite a bit of money to promote: Sanction fees, prize money, officials, hotel rooms, insurance, staging, lighting, and promotion and much more. The cost of an IFBB show probably is too expensive to promote in terms of how many tickets are sold.
Is putting on a pro show a worthwhile effort?
Maybe the formula that used to work needs to change? Maybe BB Shows need some sort of expo to go along with the show? Maybe they need to do like gas stations and make money not from selling gas, but by selling hot dogs and Hot Tamales.
Either way, the IFBB and the promoters need to take a deep hard look at the current landscape, and make a determination upon further analysis to make some adjustments. Or, just leave it status quo.
Thank goodness for the NPC Figure Girls! They are keeping a lot of the NPC Shows alive!