Yesterday BASS announced changes in the Bassmaster Classic qualifying structure for 2012. The most notable change is that the winners of individual Elite Series and Open tournaments will qualify for the Classic.
Points standings in the Opens will be used to determine Elite Series qualification only, and will not have a bearing on who makes the Classic.
BassFan.com and others are speculating that this decision is the work of the new ownership, although the BASS sale is still not finalized. BassFan said, “Notable is that BASS VP and GM Tom Ricks is quoted nowhere in the release, which would indicate that the new ownership group headed by Jerry McKinnis has assumed the decision-making role even though finalization of the purchase of the organization from ESPN has not been announced.”
I predicted that there would not be any changes until well after the sale was finalized. I was WRONG!
Are these changes a step in the right direction?