|Posted by Rey Bajenting on May 12, 2012 at 9:25 AM|
NFGB reiterated recently its warning contained in a circular that members should not support any other federation or else get out of NFGB. So it is clear. NFGB would not listen to the cry of the masang sabungero which is clearly manifested in polls, posts to various sites and social networks on the web, and in tsikahan at gatherings and at the sabungan. Well, that’s how the bosses at NFGB wanted to play it. Whether they were already drunk with power or not, we couldn’t do anything about what decision NFGB would make. Now, It is our turn to make decisions.
There are options left to the members. The intrepid ones may go ahead and also join Digmaan and see if NFGB will really make true its threat and expel all those who defied; or, NFGB might be selective in going about it and expel some and spare some; or, who knows, NFGB may not impose any sanction at all.
Another option is to register protest by not joining Bakbakan at all. This is a bold move that a dauntless gentleman would make. This will show NFGB that breeders will not die without Bakbakan.
Still, another option, that I believe most breeders/members will take, is to bow to the king. After all Bakbakan is the “fairest.” It is also the richest with P40M at stake.
But before this P40M will entice us to the point of sacrificing principles, let’s consider the following: 1) NFGB projects no less than 5,000 entries in the coming Bakbakan. At P15 thousand each, it would mean P75M in entry fee alone. Minus the guaranteed prize of what? P40M? Then, there will be an excess of P35M. Good if they give the P35M excess as additional prize money or rebates to participants. But what if NFGB will again, as its usual practice, keep it to themselves and to the GBAs for them to spend as they wish? The point here is that Bakbakan will bring more good to NFGB than to the participants.
Notwithstanding that it stands to earn millions in plasada, gate revenues, sponsorship, NFGB still takes a big rake from the entry fee, which rightfully belongs to the participants. 2) Mathematically, P15 thousand rolled over and winning 11 times would amount to more than P30M. How much did the past Bakbakan champions made? How much do we think will the champion this year make? Of course, this is not accurate as there are complications, but the point is let’s not be enticed by our own money.
Yes, our own money. Sad to say, but NFGB lords over us using the power of our own money. Let’s not take anything away from NFGB. It is true, Bakbakan is the mother of all stag derbies. What we are asking is just for NFGB to be considerate with the small breeders and the masang sabungero for they are the ones that will be harshly affected by the ruling. The rich breeders would not mind having several entries at P15 thousand each. But many masang sabungero, myself included, could not afford more than one or two entries at P15k entry fee. Maybe, in addition to their Bakbakan entries, they should be given a chance to also have entries in say Rambulan or Digmaan for a lesser entry fee. But they can’t do this without jeopardizing their membership with NFGB.
Big breeders with hundreds and even thousands of stags can always find ways in participating in both Bakbakan and Digmaan. They can have a set of stags banded by Bakbakan under their names and have another set of stags banded by Digmaan, under other names. But the small breeders who only have 50 stags can’t do this. If only double banding is allowed, then they could have some options after complying with NFGB’s requirement of at least one entry in Bakbakan.
And, let’s remind NFGB why they should also listen to the masang sabungero. It is because a significant portion of the money raised from every Bakbakan derby came from the small timers and from the OFWs who despite being abroad saw to it that they participate in derbies here. Their plaints should be heard even if their only means of expressing opinion is by posting to websites and social networks. Let’s not expect them to go to offices and personally air their plaints. These OFWs are not sitting behind the comfort of their computers they are working hard abroad to earn.
Obviously, not all of the millions NFGB earned over the years did come from the rich. Problem is rich people can’t see the poor man’s predicaments because they don’t encounter these predicaments.