I am nnot sure that the rumor you head is true. A friend of mine works for the Federation as the national youth director. He told me there were so good things coming down the line for the fed. ANd here is the statement the VP of BASS told the state presidents:
Statement made to the Federation Presidents
By Dean Kessel, vice president and general manager of BASS
BASS Communications — Aug. 5, 2003
We recognize that many of the major issues involving the relationship between BASS and the BASS Federation are the result of failures in the communication process. To correct that problem, BASS will communicate directly with the State Federation Presidents, along with the five regional representatives, beginning immediately.
Presidents who wish to communicate with BASS through their representatives, rather than directly with us, may do so.
Commitments by BASS:
1) We are dedicated to improving the BASS Federation, and recognize that it is the backbone of this organization. We want to work with the Federation to make it stronger. That commitment extends to the highest levels of ESPN.
2) The five spots in the Bassmaster Classic reserved for top anglers from each of the five divisions will not be eliminated. These five anglers will compete for the same titles and prize funds as the pro anglers. Contrary to rumor, that will not change.
3) The very successful Federation Alliance sponsor program has been beneficial to Federations that have chosen to participate. Within the limitations of contracts with participating sponsors, this program will not be eliminated.
4) Rumors that BASS plans to mandate sponsorship agreements involving State Federations are false. There will be no new mandates of any kind, especially including those involving sponsorships and Federation bylaws.
5) A Federation Director will be appointed very soon. This person will be an avid fisherman who understands the Federation's needs and concerns. This person will also have the authority to make decisions and to respond to your questions and concerns in a timely manner.
6) We also plan to appoint two regional managers to assist with state programs. This will bring our staff supporting the Federation program to a total of eight.
7) Approximately six months from now, we will bring all of the Federation presidents together for a joint strategy session to put together a five-year plan for the BASS Federation. This plan, which is unprecedented in BASS history, will guide BASS and the BASS Federation as we work together toward common goals to benefit the sport, the resource and the Federation.
8) A weekend style tournament trail is still on the drawing boards. We recognize that this might conflict with some Federations in states where there are already too many tournaments being held. However, where this program would benefit Federation anglers, we would seek to offer additional competitions. BASS will work with the Federations to avoid conflicts and provide opportunities for BASS members where we can. In addition, Federation members will still benefit by receiving priority entries in those events, as they do in the Opens.
9) Within the next few months, BASS will roll out new initiatives designed to increase funding for state Federation conservation programs and other activities at the state level.
10) Actions speak louder than words. We ask that Federation leaders continue to work within the present framework over the next six months as BASS proves its dedication to the Federation program and its ability to make great things happen.
As BASS Founder Ray Scott reminded us in our meeting today, we've got to stand together, not divided. And that's exactly the course of action we plan to take.
So hopefully they hold true to this.