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Supposedly a “quality” issue….that ACBL employees perform to a standard that may be above that of local directors.

I suspect that another unspoken factor may be that the ACBL needs to provide enough sessions of work to support the number of full-time TDs that work for Horn Lake.

Personally, I would like that option given to 0-750 sectionals be extended to all sectionals. At one time, if a unit used a local TD for a limited sectional, there was a small masterpoint hit. Perhaps that might be an appropriate trade-off for not hiring an ACBL employee.
5 hours ago
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Greg wrote: “With all due respect, ”there appears to be legal issues involved“ is not an answer.”


It is an answer…if you're a WBF official trying to duck the issue.

How one can say/write Mr Levy's statement while maintaining a straight face is beyond my comprehension.
5 hours ago
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A couple of points.

First, for a sectional, the ACBL picks up the transportation cost for the closest director of highest rank. This is covered by the “sectional surcharge” which is fixed for all sectionals. If you had one director, the transportation cost would be the same whether he came from 5 miles away or 500.

Second, all open sectional DICs have to be at least a “Tournament Director” rank. The relevant regulations are:

1.1
Sectional tournaments will be staffed by directors who are ACBL employees, except as noted below.
1.1.1
Sectionals with an upper masterpoint limit of 100 masterpoints or fewer may be run by non-rated directors.
1.1.2
With management approval, a sponsoring organization may run a limited sectional with a maximum of 750 masterpoints using directors who are not ACBL employees.
1.2
Sectionals with an upper masterpoint limit of more than 750 masterpoints must be run by a director of tournament director rank.
12 hours ago
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Nancy gave us Birmingham and many other “gems”. Said that players would flock to that wonderful city with so many advantages, including lower cost room rates.

Albuquerque, Miami and other underperforming locales. But you get the drift.
16 hours ago
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Nigel - you forget that for decades, making an accusation of cheating was a more serious offense than the cheating itself. Boye B opened himself up for some serious “retribution” had it not been for the overwhelming case that was presented.

So those “excellent players” were basically cudgeled into keeping their opinions to themselves, or to a small group. When TPTB want to keep things under the rug, they work hard to keep anyone from lifting the carpet to the light.
Oct. 20
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There were a large number of complaints that the Westgate was, to put it politely, a dump.

Here's a challenge - if you want inexpensive facilities for your tournaments, don't complain when they turn out to be less than wonderful.
Oct. 20
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Sorry…the ACBL does NOT prevent travel agents from providing “affordable” housing. In fact, there was a regulation passed that required the ACBL to provide a place where outside TAs could display their fliers at NABCs.

Please let us know how they are “preventing” this today.
Oct. 20
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David - the ACBL receives the following from a regional or sectional:

A) Per-table sanction fees that are straightlined. So the ACBL gets a “cut” from every entry.

B) TD fees, based on the TD's rating and number of sessions worked. These are not straight line costs, as they stairstep as more or less TDs are needed for the tournament.

The TDs are to receive per-diem, lodging and transportation costs directly from the sponsor. There is an exception for sectionals for one TD.

All other aspects of the P/L flow to the sponsoring organization.
Oct. 20
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If you start to include revenue sharing, we are headed back to the “wild west” days of NABC scheduling - when district directors put forth their own “bids” to the board and there was out and out horse trading to get folks to pick certain sites.

For example, Fresno was the site of an NABC because it was the district director's home town and enough favors and votes were traded to make it a reality. Let's toss in financial gain for the “host” unit and/or district and who knows what kind of bargains will be struck.
Oct. 19
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David W - for a summer NABC, the ACBL looks to be able to secure a room block of at least 10,000 room nights.
Oct. 19
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Some perspective. When the NABC was held in Honolulu in 2006, the ACBL got caught with having room rates that were too attractive. The entire room block was sold out, yet table counts were below what would be expected from the number of room nights. Why?

It turned out that the rate was so attractive, many members took advantage of the ACBL rate in order to take a vacation in Hawaii with their family, with little expectation that they'd play any bridge. So the block had been “used up” by vacationers rather than “players” at the tournament.

When the decision to return was put forward in 2011, the ACBL staff presented information that they would have a room rate that would be viable to attract players, but not so much so that we would have the same “no play” issue as before. In addition, the survey satisfaction scores for those who did play were quite high. At the time, “customer satisfaction” was a significant priority for many BoD members, and there was a desire to go to locations that would result in happy members.

Finally, it should be noted that, by regulation, ONLY the management of the ACBL may put forth proposals for NABC locations and contracts. The BoD may only accept or reject - they cannot make their own proposals. As such, and as Jonathan noted above, the BoD acts on what is put in front of them.

I knew that I would be retiring from the BoD before 2018, so there was nothing “in it for me” to vote yes. I relied on the input from ACBL staff in deciding my vote. I think many others did the same.

As for the BoD meeting in Honolulu, that is pure folly. Maybe they feel that by cutting so many salaries, they can make up for the increased expenses of that meeting.

(Note: Edited to correct a date)
Oct. 19
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Don't forget that the BoD had a policy goal of NABCs being a profit center, with an annual “profit” of at least $500k. I don't know if that is still in the current budget and operating plan, but it's something to remember.
Oct. 18
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If your unit does not hold a board election where unit boards are chosen, they are operating outside the regulations of the ACBL. Now…it may be that they only have X number of candidates for X number of positions. In that case, an election is unnecessary.
Oct. 18
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I believe that a new meeting planner has already been hired. I know of no other details.
Oct. 18
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And, for another source of info on Italian amnesties, perhaps one might inquire to:

president@worldbridgefed.com
Oct. 16
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Ira Corn being a major exception.
Oct. 14
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Look at the concept of a “derivative suit”.
Oct. 14
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Depends who the opp is. Gotta bait those traps.
Oct. 14
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Absolutely correct, Nick. And sadly so.
Oct. 14
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This reminds me of years ago, when bidding boxes had the following cards:

There was a red card with a large “D” for double.
There was a blue card with a large “RD” for redouble.
Finally, there was a brown card with a large “TD” for when a tournament director was to summoned.

After the introduction of the new bidding boxes, the cards were a red card with “X” for double, blue with “XX” for redouble, and an orange card with the spelled out words “Tournament Director”.

A lady was complaining vociferously about how she hated the new boxes. Told me that it was making bidding far more difficult. Curiously, I made the error of asking why. Her response:

Well, with the old boxes, doubling was so much easier. When I used the red card marked “D”, partner would know it was for penalty. And when I used the card marked “TD”, they would know it was a takeout double. Now with the “X”, how can you tell?
Oct. 13
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