5. What would it cost and where would the money come from?
Here is a partial list of annual costs that the league plans to incur:
- Incorporation costs - depends on state, but somewhere around $100
- Web site and domain name - $100
Although more annual costs will probably be discovered, it seems likely that annual costs will be between $500 and $1000.
So far, the minor expenses required to start the league were provided by Eric Barr and Kathleen Davis. Continued funding of the United States Backgammon League could come from one or more of the following sources:
1. Voluntary donations
The League could try to function solely on voluntary donations. There are at least two online backgammon sites that currently use this model successfully: FIBS and DailyGammon. This proves that players who have the financial capability are willing to make donations without the promise of prize money. The Web site may add a page that accepts online donations. And fund raisers and fund drives could be undertaken periodically.
The league could look for small or large corporate sponsors that are willing to donate the small amount of money that it will take to run the league in return for some advertising/publicity agreement, like a link on the Web site.
3. Member dues
The least desirable revenue model is to charge membership fees to individual members and possibly also to affiliate clubs. This is the model used by other game organizations, such as the U.S. Chess Federation and the American Contract Bridge League:
The USCF has been around since 1939, which seems to imply that their funding model is a viable option and that fees are acceptable to both clubs and members. Therefore, the U.S. Backgammon League could use very similar fees, if not exactly the same. In order to promote membership though, the first year of membership could be free or heavily discounted for both affiliates and members.