Originally Posted by cville33
I can't see paintball in the X games anytime soon (even though it would be cool). Why? The X games if I do recall are all currently individual events, while paintball is a team sport.
^^^This is why it won't happen^^^^
I'm not an expert at this, but I do try to understand the business and promoting side of Extreme Sporting events.
The XGames are and may always be a Sporting Event for INDIVIDUALS for the foreseeable future. Team Events would increase the operation cost due to the addition of more athletes and Team events normally last longer.
I also believe the XGames invites all its athletes to Compete, well enticing fans into paying for Tickets and Merchandise. This is also how the XGames knows what events to keep and remove each year.
As for the Olympics... It may never happen due to the GENERL PUBLIC. To them Paintball is a game of "Gun Play" or "Violence". The general public does not see the ATHLETIC or MENTAL side of Paintball. Paintball would also be classified as a Extreme Team Sport full of "Adrenalin" "High Intensity" and "Aggressive Play". You may or may not know but Contact Sports and Aggressive Individual and Team sports are slowly being removed from the Summer Olympics with one of its oldest sport WRESTLING making its way to the chopping block. This is said to be due to Not Wanting to Promote Violence between Nations in the games.
YES, PingPong and Badminton are Olympic sports but they have been world sports for years. Please remember that Tournament Paintball is still a very young sport and is still changing for the better. We as players need to keep promoting OUR sport. The industry needs to come together and the leagues needs to grow its Lower Affiliate Leagues but most of all, The Paintball Community and Industry needs to give more RESPECT AND PROMOTE the NCPA for its COLLEGE and HIGH SCHOOL programs.