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FLW Outdoors sues BRP/Evinrude for failure to payEmail Print Share FLW Outdoors

MINNEAPOLIS — FLW Outdoors announced that it has filed a lawsuit in Minnesota State Court against BRP/Evinrude for its failure to pay agreed upon sponsorship fees for the entire 2009 FLW Outdoors tournament season.

"FLW Outdoors has had a long-term sponsorship and working relationship with Evinrude as a premier sponsor of FLW Outdoors and its tournaments," said Irwin L. Jacobs, chairman of FLW Outdoors. "In 2009, FLW Outdoors received confirmation from Evinrude officials both in writing and verbally that Evinrude had agreed to the continuance of their sponsorship with FLW Outdoors at about the same level of sponsorship fees for 2009 as they had in 2008."

Throughout FLW Outdoors' 2009 tournament season, Evinrude's representatives and/or management have participated in all of FLW Outdoors tournaments.

"FLW Outdoors has fully supported Evinrude's sponsorship throughout the 2009 FLW Outdoors' tournament season," Jacobs said. "Evinrude has enjoyed all of the same contractual marketing commitments that FLW Outdoors supported Evinrude with in 2008, including, but not limited to, substantial onsite space for displaying and marketing their products at all tournament locations; Evinrude engines installed on half of all FLW Outdoors/Ranger stage and tournament boats throughout all tournaments; signage throughout all FLW Outdoors tournament locations; television commercials on all FLW Outdoors television programming worldwide; magazine advertising; internet marketing and advertising; and heavily-promoted Evinrude on all marketing materials and advertising as part of FLW Fantasy Fishing, an international game worth $10 million in cash and prizes. Yet Evinrude has refused to pay FLW Outdoors any of the amounts it promised as consideration for those benefits."

Jacobs further stated, "Not only are we terribly disappointed in the fact that Evinrude hasn't paid any of their agreed-upon sponsorship fees for 2009, but they also haven't paid any of the committed contingency dollars on behalf of their Evinrude Pro Staff anglers through the 2009 FLW Outdoors tournament season."

"FLW Outdoors has advanced on Evinrude's behalf almost $100,000 to those Evinrude Pro Staff anglers who had cash commitments from Evinrude based upon their performance this season. To date, Evinrude hasn't reimbursed FLW Outdoors a single dollar for the money that FLW Outdoors advanced on its behalf to the Evinrude Pro Staff anglers."

In nearly 15 years of business and tournament operations, FLW Outdoors has never had to sue a single sponsor for failure to pay their sponsorship fees.
 

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Damn Canucks!
 

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This is some really bad news for the FLW.First losing WalMart as there main sponsor,Cutting back on payouts now this.They maybe in trouble.I know a few pros that are holding off on paying up front for next years tournaments and are taking a wait and see what happens.Right now they are not to happy about the cutbacks on the payouts.Right now its getting harder to make a living pro fishing.One of my friends has been selling new cars to get extra money to finance his Tournament fishing.Another one is doing on the water Side imaging instruction to make some money on the side, its getting hard to make a living fishing
 

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Its getting hard for anyone to make a living. To be honest, I cant believe that "pleasure occupations" havent been hit the hardest first. Everyone benefits from necessity jobs.
 

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Its getting hard for anyone to make a living. To be honest, I cant believe that "pleasure occupations" havent been hit the hardest first. Everyone benefits from necessity jobs.
I think that you will find that a lot of people think that "pleasure occupations" like Professional Sports are a necessity.
 

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I think that you will find that a lot of people think that "pleasure occupations" like Professional Sports are a necessity.
I totally understand the trickle down effect...and its really FUBAR right now, but youd think that construction, office jobs, auto makers, etc... would be much more of a valubale asset, then watching someone fish, golf, play ball on TV. Just thinkin of whats the utmost priority.
 

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Its getting hard for anyone to make a living. To be honest, I cant believe that "pleasure occupations" havent been hit the hardest first. Everyone benefits from necessity jobs.
I cant figure this out either, there are people still buying lots of stuff and some dont have jobs. the only thing I can figure is that it keeps them sane so to speak.

The best business to get into right now I think is a titty bar, every day I drive by one and its freaking packed, all the business's around are pretty much closed down to but this place is packed from the time it opens to the time it closes.

I even got The Wardens permission to start a titty bar , she told me to start off small maybe in our parking lot and use the Awning supports for the pole.

Seriously if I had the financing I would start one I think we could call it AZAssZone have some fishing decor, use a boat for the bar, the livewell could be converted into a beer tap. it would be a hit ;)


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I cant figure this out either, there are people still buying lots of stuff and some dont have jobs. the only thing I can figure is that it keeps them sane so to speak.

The best business to get into right now I think is a titty bar, every day I drive by one and its freaking packed, all the business's around are pretty much closed down to but this place is packed from the time it opens to the time it closes.

I even got The Wardens permission to start a titty bar , she told me to start off small maybe in our parking lot and use the Awning supports for the pole.

Seriously if I had the financing I would start one I think we could call it AZAssZone have some fishing decor, use a boat for the bar, the livewell could be converted into a beer tap. it would be a hit ;)


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Dude, trust me, it's not as profitable a business as you may think.

But the perks can be pretty good.


I agree with the sanity thing. Even though the wife and I are having hard times, I always find a way to fish or be on the water. It's cathartic, isn't that the point of sports? Not only for health and to compete but to escape the everyday rigors of life?
 
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