I don't mind hostile or otherwise questions. I'm always game for a spirited discussion about our industry. I care a lot about our sport and as a player and paintball business owner I try to always to think about what's best for paintball.
Specifically, to answer some questions here.
1) The main change from a league standpoint is a mind shift away from trying to compete with the PSP and rather just throw quality events for a reasonable price. The PSP and their sponsors have spent millions on a quality circuit and high end webcast. I think it has been and continues to be great for the sport. But I don't agree that there should only be 5 National Level events. I believe more paintball is good for everyone. All the teams/players I speak to would play every weekend if they could. I don't see any issue with having more events.
I think this is key because everyone always wants to compare the NPPL and PSP. Why? Can't both exist and serve our industry? Or how about looking at it like this. If the PSP sells out every event with 150-200 teams doesn't that mean that some teams didn't get to participate that wanted to? Seems like there should be a place for those teams to go. If the NPPL can put on 5 events that average 80 teams and the PSP can put on 5 events that average 175 teams I wouldn't say the PSP "won". I'd say paintball won! That means over 1300 teams participated in National level paintball tournaments. Awesome!
2) As far as the baggage that I have inherited with the league I'm working closely with Chuck to get past debts handled and all loose ends tied up. I suspect all will be resolved before our next event.
3) I know we are in a world of instant success and instant failure. With the NPPL nothing is going to be instant. No "Angel Investor" is going to come in and spend millions on a paintball league, nor are we looking for someone to. My staff and I will continue to clean up the league, put on quality, fun events that are affordable and the success will be gradual. Our goal for the Windy City Open is to have more teams than we had for NEO and ensure that all teams attending have a fun, fair event. Baby steps towards success.