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Don't Open a Bridge Club

My mother's life dream was to have her own bridge club. For years she taught and directed at other people's clubs and constantly heard from all of her students: "if you open a bridge club, we will all support you." Just a few years ago, her dream came true. She signed a 5-year lease for a 2nd-floor space at a shopping mall.

As soon as it opened, it was the go-to bridge club in the northern parts of Toronto. It operates as what I consider to be a modern bridge club. It has a duplicating machine, Bridge Mates, a laser printer, a projector to display the leaderboard and a website with online reservations and easily accessible, well-laid out results.

Well, after a couple years of her business prospering, the ACBL granted a sanction to a local community center game less than 3 miles away. Since they have no rent and no operating expenses, they can afford to run absurdly cheap bridge games. Since the majority of her customer base are older and on fixed incomes, they opt to pay less. (who can blame them?)

Now instead of living a dream of running a successfulclub, my mom is forced to work an average of two sessions a day, 52 weeks a year to earn near-minimum wage.

No matter what dream you might have, unless you are protected from something like this, it's just too risky to open a bridge club. The ACBL's liberal sanction granting doesn't encourage innovation and modernization, it just squashes it. What is the best solution to this problem?

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