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ACBL Table Count over Time

The ACBL is kicking off a search for a new Chief Executive Officer.


Before it does so, I would hope that the current ACBL management might provide its membership with some basic information about the health of the organization. Sponsoring duplicate bridge is the raison d'être of the ACBL. As such, I respectfully suggest that table count would provide the most transparent metric regarding the ACBL’s health. Most of the ACBL’s reporting focuses membership numbers and finances. While both are important pieces of information in their own right, neither is a direct measure regarding how much duplicate bridge is being played in the US. In contrast, table count – accompanied by a decent set of cross tabs – will provide an easy to consume statistics that the membership can use to understand the health of the organization. Here’s how I would suggest breaking down the data (I think that this would paint an interesting story)


Time series data, broken down by month and year, coded as follow

Online Table Count by venue (BBO, OKB, etc)

F2F table count by

Club games

  • District
  • Unit
  • State
  • City
  • Club name


  • National (Summer, Fall, Winter)
  • Sectional
  • Regional
  • District
  • Unit
  • State
  • City
  • Event name

Anyone care to guess what the numbers would show?

(I'd hazard a guess that table counts are increasing in a small number of locations where the elderly go to retire (aka Florida) and that games are going extinct everywhere else)


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