USBGF Streaming Funding Policy

USBGF Streaming Funding Policy

Approved by USBGF BOD – 4/7/2015 

Streaming major matches at tournaments is increasingly popular with backgammon players around the world. It is a valuable service to the backgammon community and to USBGF members. Accordingly, the USBGF is willing to work with interested USBGF Prime Tournament Directors to help arrange and finance the expenses associated with streaming. To date funding has come from TD funds (viewed by some TDs as a marketing expense for their tournaments) or donations from the backgammon community either using a Tip Jar at tournaments or online donations (e.g. using the US Backgammon Foundation donations@usbgf.org PayPal account). Expenses can include compensation of Streaming Staff (e.g. daily fee, travel, baggage fees, hotel), equipment, and hotel Internet hard wire connections.

  1. Participation of a TD is voluntary. If a TD wishes to make their own arrangements, of course, that is acceptable.
  2. If the TD would like USBGF assistance, the USBGF President/Executive Director of USBGF would decide which tournaments would qualify for USBGF support. Criteria include:
    1. Prime Tournament status
    2. Availability of qualified Streaming Staff and equipment
    3. TD making a contribution such as one or more of the following:
      1. Hotel hard-wire Internet connection (in some cases Board members or Streaming staff may have a hotel rewards program offering this); in other cases TDs may negotiate this as part of their hotel contract
      2. TD daily payment to streaming staff
      3. TD donation to USBGF per entrant
      4. Running the USBGF National Championship event
      5. TD offer of other perks – e.g. free hotel room, discount on entry fees for Streaming Staff
  3. The USBGF in turn would:
    1. USBGF guarantee a minimum payment to Streamer per tournament (e.g. $50 per day of streaming)
    2. USBGF cover baggage fees for checking streaming equipment (estimated $50 total per tournament)
  4. Funds for the payments to Streaming Staff would come from USBGF fund-raising through:
    1. Donations to our PayPal donations@usbgf.org account. The USBGF would send a bulk e-mail to members prior to each tournament requesting donations to cover streaming costs for the tournament. We would also make a specific post-tournament pitch by e-mail to those players whose matches were streamed for a donation. Names of those providing donations through our PayPal account for each tournament would be available through a link on our website – and their support acknowledged on our Facebook and website.
    2. A Tip Jar that the TD would keep at the registration desk.
    3. If funds raised exceed USBGF expenses, the excess would be added to the US Backgammon Foundation Streaming Fund and carried over to future tournament streaming support.

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