Paul Cronin

Where is the oversight?

So many people in so many Units and Districts work so hard to put on tournaments for us to enjoy, and their Board members keep a very careful eye on expenses so as to avoid losses and ensure that the tournaments continue to be offered in the future

Is the ACBL marching to a different drummer?

Losing somewhere between $1,000,000 and $2,000,000 on the failed Score project 

Losing in the neighbourhood of $500,000 to $700,000 on the Hawaii NABC

Looking at a possible payout of $500,000 in the Bruce Blakely lawsuit

Looking at a possible arbitration payout of $750,000 to Ex-CEO Bahar Gidwani

A write-off of about $320,000 for the incompatibility of the Microsoft Customer Relationship Management software

A 2018 operating loss of $1,078,675

No Unit or District would or could operate like this, and since ACBL BOD members are elected by the Unit Boards, it is time for the Unit Boards to take a much, much closer look at those we elect. Either we start doing better, or we start printing money.






JudyMarch 3rd, 2019 at 4:56 pm

Hi Paul,

I knew things were not going well at the ACBL, BUT I had no clue about HOW MANY monetary disasters they had suffered over recent years. As far back as I can recall, many Board electees were based on popularity .. not talent and aptitude.

Better they should concentrate their efforts on getting bridge into our schools here. THAT SHOULD BE THEIR PRIMARY GOAL ..not wasting time on robots and such projects that will not draw young players into the game. If we keep up at this pace .. bridge will die before anyone realizes.

Paul CroninMarch 4th, 2019 at 5:51 pm

Hi Judy,

As always, you are spot on! Don’t know if I told you before that our Niagara area separated from Unit 166 and formed our own Unit 255. We have several programs on the go now in Unit 255 that are bringing bridge to the schools, and the students seem to really enjoy it. We have also held “tournaments” for them, and the turnout and enthusiasm have been amazing. It’s a tribute to those doing the work involved, and is something that should be being done by the ACBL.


JudyMarch 5th, 2019 at 6:19 am


Leave a comment

Your comment