Professional Disc Golf Anonymous Survey: Money

How much are touring pros earning from their sponsors

We’ve heard what the players have to say about the tours. We’ve heard what they said about each other. Now it’s time to get to the compensation and sponsorship portion of the Professional Disc Golf Anonymous Survey.

The goal of the sponsorship and compensation section of the survey was to try to get a better understanding of the amount of money athletes were receiving through means other than tournament winnings. We were also interested in finding out more about lines of revenue outside of disc manufacturers and what else players would like to see in a sponsorship.

Right off the bat we were curious what type of sponsorship, and how many sponsorships pros typically have. While most pros, 88.4%, said they have what they consider a “primary” sponsorship, more than 60% also said they have two or more significant sponsorships. In terms of the types of sponsorships, almost every player was supported by a disc manufacturer, and about half were also endorsers of a bag or cart company, equipment company, or apparel company.

It was also almost unanimous that pros did not receive their first significant sponsor until they were playing in the MPO/FPO ranks, with almost 91% responding that way. Of the 43 players to submit a survey, about 40% picked up their first significant sponsor within the past three years.

There isn’t much loyalty, however, in sponsorship. More than half of players said they are no longer with their first sponsor, and less than 29% said they’ve been with their current primary sponsor for more than five years. Most, 34%, said their current sponsorship has been for two years or less.

 

 

 

A question that has begun to crop up more over the past couple of offseasons is the presence of a signed, legally binding contract between players and companies. Close to 82% of players say they now have a contract.

 

As it stands, almost every single player surveyed was satisfied with their sponsor, its products, and how the company supported the player’s goals.

We were a bit surprised that almost 16% of players said that having a primary sponsor was not necessary for being on tour.

While players generally say they are satisfied with their compensation packages from their sponsors, 55% also said they were either slightly or significantly under-compensated. One player said they were slightly over-compensated.

 

After the jump, see how much money disc golfers say they earn directly from their sponsors, what type of benefits they’d like to see included in contracts, and what companies have good, or bad, reputations as sponsors.

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  1. Bennett Wineka
    Bennett Wineka

    Benn started playing disc golf in the '90s but has somehow never gotten any better. He lives in Decatur, Georgia and cares too much about Atlanta United and UNC basketball. Email him at bennett@ultiworld.com

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