Seeing as we are talking about the MS raising entry fees, let's throw a few sums out there.

As at today's exchange rates, the CPL licence fee - per season, as you can't pay per event - is £10,434.

SPL is £5,662 per season.

D1 is £4,791 per season.

D2 is £1,361 per event.

D3 is £871 per event.

D4 is £817 per event.

Then, we look at turnout at an event. I've taken Bitburg 2017 as an example, and divided the licence fees per event.

CPL had 20 teams at £2608 per team = £52,160.

SPL, 20 teams at £1415 per team = £28,300.

D1, 33 teams at £1198 = £39,534.

D2, 20 teams at £1361 = £27,220.

D3, 40 teams at £871= £34,840

D4, 10 teams at £817 = £8,170.

Total of 143 teams, £190,224 in entry fees.

I'm assuming that the trade stands pay for each day they are there. I have no clue what they pay per day, so I'm just going to go in low and say £50 per day over 3 days for, say, 10 traders.that's £1500 in total.

That takes us to £191,724.00 in income.

Then we have event sponsors. Again, I have no idea whether they throw cash or product into the pot, so I'm going to go in low and say the sponsors contribute just over a couple of thousand. that takes us to around £194,000.00 in income from one event.

Then, we have outgoings. Let's allow 10 refs per field over 6 divisions for 3 days, and say we pay them £100 per day on average. That's £18,000.

Then there is event staff, build & takedown crew, so let's allow £20,000.

Cash prizes - in CPL only - are £9070.

That's £47,070 in expenses so far, then they have to pay for site hire, portaloos, etc. Let's allow another £13,000 for that.

I'm going to round that up to £60,000 in total for expenses.

That leaves £134,000.00 profit from one event. Multiplied out over 4 events, that's £536,000.00 profit per year.

I'm haven't mentioned the fees charged for ID cards or media passes, but I guess that might amount to an easy £5,000 over the year.

Conclusion: fire the Accountants.

If anyone is more well-informed regarding the actual figures for expenditures, post up.

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