Originally Posted by Slamdunkpro;2665895[FONT=Trebuchet MS
It's the $150k culmination of a national ladder tournament and we have to buy ice, then they jack us for 30% more when we go to settle? $10k local events give us ice. How about servicing the porta pots once? They were pretty nasty by Saturday; better yet, how about a couple of those trailer portable restrooms, at least for the ladies?
... but it's the Sam's Club Crown Jewel event, they can do better.
My thoughts exactly on the whole Sam's Club Series. Yeah, I know, there is the potential to win a huge amount of money, but getting to the lucky 50 teams is a crap shoot, at least it has shown to be that in the southeast. I point to the example of "Table 1" in the pork category at the Hendersonville, TN Regional contest.
Doing one of these Sam's Club contests is kinda like shopping in a Wal-Mart. Not much there for folks who know there are other choices out there. They are the world's largest retailer and could definitely provide some classier infrastructure with portable trailer toilets/etc. And for goodness sake...it wouldn't cost THAT much to run some 1" PEX piping from a metered fire hydrant or the hose spigot at the tire center. We've had this discussion before on this site and many think otherwise...
I'm glad to see one mega corp get involved with Competition BBQ. I can't believe another one or 10 haven't jumped in yet. They will. It's coming. It's just that it is really cheap to do so now. When the other big players get here, it won't be so inexpensive for them to get in...