Posted 14 February 2008 - 09:55 PM
I was very surprised to hear both the 'Canes and XSV were dropping out of the NXL.
I understand them wanting to focus on only one Tournament after poor showings this year.
Troll said that a big reason XSV is dropping out of the NXL is money. XSV isn't owned by a company or some big-name. They pay for all their own stuff out of pocket. Troll recently started selling XSV shirts to help offset his/the teams paint costs. He also hinted in our conversation that they're giving the NPPL one last shot. If it doesn't improve, they'll look to the NXL, as it seems they've fixed their mess.
Personally, I can't understand why they're going with the NPPL. 7 Man, while fun, is a dying format. If the sport wants to go into the "mainstream" with TV coverage, a true 'Professional' league, etc, it needs to compress. X-Ball is the way to go, and the PSP is the league to take it there...
...Ok, I just went and got a shower. Bad idea, because the giant rant/speech I had left me. Basically, we need one solid league. If you combine the two leagues, drop 7 man (or at least limit it to 'special' events, such as an All Star game), have more than 5 events a year (If there's only one league, teams can commit to more tournaments).
And Light-u-Up is exactly right. Shawn Walker basically told MWAG, DerDer, etc that morning that they couldn't film on the main field. What's worse is that the Fox show that was filmed has been complete crap. What Paintball needs to do if they want to make paintball look good on TV is have the guys from MWAG and DerDer film it with a larger production value. I mean, look how great their videos are on a low budget. Give them an ESPN or Fox Sports style budget, and who knows (Ignore those Smart Parts championships. They didn't consult any real PB Filmers for that crap). Imagine the look you can get from ESPN's Fly Cam as Troll makes his way down the snake!
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