I think you’re trying to research data that hasn’t been compiled.
OK, let’s say at BAC, there were 1000 people there.
Most are just regular people like me. No, I don’t mean middle aged and balding. I mean, those who enjoy the yoyo and are NOT sponsored.
You have a very small number of bankable name people: JD, Andre, Paul(he goes by that now), Mark McBride, Alex with RecRev(ran a booth), Chris from CLYW. Makers, movers and shakers. Those who were judging. What number shall I assign to this? 20?
Another group: sponsored players: Let’s say 100 of them. 10%.
However, we know most people can’t go to most contests. Numbers? Unknown.
Number of sponsored players changes frequently, but if you contact all the companies, they can give you how many players they sponsor. You can total that up and figure out an estimated percentage based on calculated world population. You could even extrapolate numbers of players based on some sort of ratio. Ask the companies what ratio they feel exists for sponsored player to regular players. Is it 100:1, is it 1000:1? Is it something else?
The issue is that the amount of people who yoyo is insignificantly small. The number of “pros” is a small percentage of that. The numbers that TRY yoyo is probably actually quite large though.