With not one, nor two, but three, count-em three “conferences”, in about a month time span in Ohio we will able to tell. Actually, there are clues already.
My Bully is back and your goin be in trouble, hey lahh, hey lahh, my bully is back – think The Angels in 1963. After a three-year “trial”, he is re-entering the conference space. We have heard “trial” is a bit of a stretch and that his franchise payments were being drastically cut – thus the Bully is back. How deep is his bigfootery bench? Well, his line-up is essentially the same one he had the last time he sponsored a conference. Weak bench.
And then one has the Hollywood carpetbaggers. With one returning mockumentary star from last year and a recent addition of another, rumblings in the “community” are getting louder about the flagging integrity of the event, and even the legit dudes that are sharing the stage with the made for TV “bigfoot researchers”.
And finally the Apple, Inc. of bigfootery conferences. They are coming in with one returnee – one of the luminaries and some new blood. But we suspect they are having a greater bench strength challenge given some much activity in one place in such a short time.
Will bench strength thin the herd? Perhaps. But given some of the egos involved, the potential profits, the potential for worship and conference groupies, we seriously doubt it. One will simply see the current trend, a gradual decay in quality and relevance and more frankenbites.