NTran, well put. My interest is expecting the professional league to run as such and not a hobby a Chris wrote. When in a position of power to run a governing body, the work is serious or customers get slighted, they should not also participate or lose ethical objectivity.
Christian P, you hit the nail on head. Paintball in its current form is not television or even internet worthy. Ergo change is needed. After being a fly on the wall at several, very boring, merger meetings that only shed light on two very important facts: 1) the ownership can not leave their ego at the door and 2) the leagues have no real value.
I remember writing an investment position paper for an NYSE IPO underwriter firm about Vonage. One of the quotes published read something like, "some companies are dogs and this one has fleas."
Christian, players drop out of the sport because their is no pot of gold at the end of the expensive rainbow ride. If today's 'professional' players were signing contracts that enabled them to support themselves then more parents would commit to the financial investment required to get them there. If the collegiate league was under the NCAA then colleges would fund the sport, but none of the prevalent U.S. leagues are willing to take their owners hands out the cookie jar and make the decisions that will grow the hobby into a sport.
Chris, we finally agree. 'Professional' Paintball is a COMPETITIVE HOBBY!
The difference between Baja and Paintball, hmmm. Try this: "344 million people will watch off-road racing in their homes on television this year."
And don't think I didn't notice the omission of an IRS EIN posting.