Yep, it sure would be nice if Terran put together every video, every flyer, every piece of information to justify your selection process. He didn't. He was told to.
Great slam master you have there.
And as for this...<<And on an off-topic..
I'm just curious real quick.......considering all the teams payed over $35,000 for this event, how much was 1st place?
Considering that everyone paid for their own hotels, travel costs, food, and the people who worked were volunteers, where does the rest of the money go? I HOPE it's to a charity....but i heard 1st place was like 2 k or something..... COMPARED to Famecast, which was 10 k.., which was free to enter...so what happens to all that money psi?>>
My team didn't pay the registration fee-my city did. We fundraised for it by putting on events. My team didn't pay for lodging or travel costs. That you did, suggest, once again, your slammaster and slam aren't as wired into your community as you think. If you can't raise the $5000 dollars to get to NPS from your community, then how small is your community? What the hell is your slam master doing?
The $35,000 money goes to pay salaries, produce product, fund part of the other three events we put on. Maybe your show on MTV2 didn't prepare you for how non-profit arts organizations actually function? $35,000 is almost nothing for putting on an event as large as NPS, or even IWPS for that mater. As a former host city of the National Poetry slam, I know what it takes. It took us about $200,000. And we made money. You want to know how much I got for my 40 hours of work for a year and then 60 hours for a month and 80 hours the week of? $4000. Wow! I'm really taking advantage of you aren't I? And if we actually didn't make money at the door through merch and ticket sales, I would've made nothing.
I made nothing this year going to a meeting every morning, then bout managing 3 bouts, emceeing 1 bout and bout managing finals. Did I get to hear much poetry? No. Did I get to hang out with all the people I wanted to? No. I was getting up at 8 AM to go to a meeting because I'm an elected member of the Executive Council you feel so justified in trashing.
I would love to sit down, or be on the other end of the phone to go through this. And you can call me at (505)254-2285. The person you should be mad at is your slam master. He was told that this might come up, that he better be ready to back up his case and he wasn't. Now how is that the ECs fault because they gave him the benefit of the doubt by letting you come? Knowing what I know now, I would've disqualified you before you "wasted" your time. But I didn't know the details that the protest committee found because I took myself out of the investigation.
Yes, ABQ was in a bout with Tempe. And seeing how it would not have made a difference if we made semi's I didn't protest. The only team that had standing to protest was Chicago. Your eligibility or lack of it made a difference to Chicago. That you were allowed to come, when I actually received the formal protest a week before NPS and then removed myself because I was competing against you, is what really makes this a bitter pill.
As it stands now, you sound a like a first year slammer who got screwed by a bunch of bad judges. You got screwed because of the choices you made. You relied too much on your slam master and he let you down. Period.
And this is not a statement from the organization, this is a statement from me.
ABQ Slam Master