CURLERS ARE A CHEAP LOT
We have no one to blame but ourselves.
For years, the curling fraternity thrived on spending the least amount of money they could to play the game they love. This has hurt the sport in the long run.
Take a look at curling club infrastructures. Many are aging and there isn't enough self-generated money to fix them.
Take a look at curling club fees. It almost seems curlers take pride in saying that they curl for only (mention any paultry sum for a season here) a piddlng amount of money a year. What they won't spend on their curling fees, they pay gladly at a golf course. Without hesitation.
Maybe golf got it right from the beginning. Set some standards and their wallets will follow.
That same sentiment of cheap pride encroaches on many curlers' equipment. "I've had the same Bauers for 25 years. Why change now!" Why buy one's own broom when I can use a 10 year old, never cleaned, smelly, flea infested club broom. And god forbid, I should ever buy curling pants. Or replace my 12 year old gripper. "It's only torn on one side."
Man oh man, never forget that my $37,000 SUV can squeeeeeeeeze into a curling club parking lot...just. But I would never pay to park in a spacious parking lot to play the sport I love.
You ever pay to watch curling? You mean spend a few bucks to see live curling? I don't think so. Jeez, I didn't even pay the $4 a month for Country Canada last year.
Ye reap what ye sow. Eventually cheap will come back to bite curling.