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BFL All American Info


The All-American is one of the sport’s most storied events, and communities hosting the All-American reap the rewards of an estimated $6 million economic impact. Eighty-six competitors and their families plus spectators, sponsors and staff will eat in Hot Springs restaurants, stay in local hotels and shop at area stores. Hot Springs will also benefit from extensive national exposure, including coverage on the “FLW Outdoors” television show which is broadcast to 65 million subscribers of the Outdoor Life Network.

Additionally, Hot Springs will receive substantial coverage in FLW Outdoors Magazine, on FLWOutdoors.com and on “FLW Outdoors Presented by Wal-Mart,” the weekly radio show broadcast throughout Texas and parts of Oklahoma on Fox Sports Radio as well as worldwide on FLWOutdoors.com.

“Money cannot buy the kind of exposure Lake Hamilton and Hot Springs will receive by hosting the All-American,” said Steve Arrison, executive director for the Hot Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau. “As a former host site for the All-American, we know firsthand what a tournament of this caliber can do for our community. This event is one of the premier tournaments in competitive bass fishing, and having it on Lake Hamilton will prove to a nationwide audience of fishermen that our area is a prime bass-fishing destination.”

Indeed, Lake Hamilton is no stranger to the All-American, having hosted the event in 2000 and again in 2001. “Qualifying for the All-American is certainly an accomplishment, so we strive to provide All-American contenders with an ideal tournament location, and Lake Hamilton always fits the bill,” said Charlie Evans, executive vice president of FLW Outdoors.

Because BFL competitors are weekend anglers and not pros, the All-American and its lucrative cash awards present a unique opportunity for qualifiers looking to launch a professional bass-fishing career. Former All-American contenders who have become fishing superstars on the Wal-Mart FLW Tour include Kellogg’s pro Clark Wendlandt, Chevy pro Tommy Biffle and four-time FLW Tour champion David Fritts.

As the nation’s leading provider of affordable, close-to-home weekend tournaments, the BFL is widely credited with opening competitive bass fishing to the masses.

Wal-Mart and many of America’s most respected companies support FLW Outdoors and its six tournament trails. Wal-Mart has been the title sponsor of FLW Outdoors since 1997. For a complete list of FLW Outdoors sponsors and for more information about the premier products and services they offer, please visit FLWOutdoors.com.

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