I'm now part of the Option-Select.com blogger's roll.
You can read my new SSF4 and fighting game-related posts over there. I just recently wrote an article about running tournaments, which will be the first of three posts talking about that! Go over and take a look. Here's an excerpt:
Running tournaments should really primarily be viewed as a business venture. You should never be trying to run a tournament for a loss unless you're looking at a long term goal of creating and nurturing a scene (in which case, a large tournament with a door fee might not really be necessary, and volunteered equipment and locations may suit you just fine). You should be looking to make money out of the time you spend. What you do with this money is really up to you, but if you're doing it for the community, the common sense thing to do is to reinvest it into the tournament to purchase more equipment and games, and to be able to afford better venues. And remember that not only does your tournament need to make money as an entity to remain self-sustaining, but you (and ostensibly those who are working for you that are not volunteers) need to be paid for your time.
Remember: the money you put in at the beginning is key, and you should aim to at least get your investment back. If you’re losing money, then you shouldn’t be running tournaments; at the very least, you need to reevaluate your business plan.
Go here to read the rest! And expect part two in one week (at worst, two).
As for other news: I have a lot in my mind right now about FIU's football team. I'll wait to write about them until after their game against Maryland; I need to make sure that what I'm seeing isn't just smoke and mirrors so far.