Great article form Tom
Discussions regarding USPL Prize $$ Change!
While I am not an authority on all things related to the other side of our sport….I would like to take a moment and share some correspondence I have had the honor to have with one of the pro teams associated with the USPL. In fact while closely associated with Scenario paintball, my dealings with the San Francisco Explicit team have sufficiently excited me to start paying more attention and educate myself with respect to the USPL tournament series. The following was sent off via email to one of their membership in regards to a great story sent to The Catshack that I felt was more deserving of appearing in a big publication such as X3.
Ryan I have personally spoken with the editor of X3 Paintball magazine, Mr John Amodea, and have discussed San Fran Explicit as a team I really admire. I also mentioned that while I have never really followed pro paintball, it is you guys that are actually exciting me enough to start paying attention to it. All that having been said John is very receptive to the idea of running your story in his magazine. I will be forwarding it under your name and including the photos you sent along for me.
Thanks and keep up the good work boys!
At the moment some problems have arisen as it pertains to one of the upcoming USPL tournaments. Chuck Hendsch, Commissioner of the USPL has issued a press release regarding the team involvement in the upcoming series and adjustments planned for prize packages. In short it has much to do with only 71 teams registered with the series itself but needing a full 75 to allow for full prize packages. With a full 75 teams the full prize package is $50000. The release info from Mr. Hendsch is as follows:
Official response from Chuck Hendsch:
As stated on the website under the prize section, the prizes will be reduced under the prize section as we have under 75 teams. We are still giving away $30000 to the D1, D2 and D3. Pros do not receive any money.
I hope you understand as the cost of putting on events is very costly even when we use traditional paintball parks instead of stadiums.
Hope to see you out there
US Paintball League
Rob Montiero 07.21.2009 12:32
"Just my 2 cents as a team-owner of the USPL league. People, or at least some individuals out there don’t realize why we did this league. After the fall of the NPPL, all we could think about is “How do we save 7 man”? After a quick down and dirty business plan and some capital from all the team owners we set out on this venture to save this format. Any of you owners out there that run teams understand the capital investment needed to run a team. Well think about what it takes to run a league. Team owners of any team aren’t in it to make a financial return. Well neither are we as USPL Team Owners. We are just trying to help keep this format alive. Its all “paintball” folks, whether your playing xball, scenario or 7 man. We are all one community, so please stop with the bashing and help support this way of life, Paintball. PS, “The bashing” is not related to this forum. I am speaking of other articles and forums out there! Long Live our Sport!"
tomcat 07.21.2009 12:41
"Awesome!…thanks for clarifying that for us Rob!"