BYOP to Series Sponsored Paint
Joshua D. Silverman Interview
The CFOA or Carolina Field Owners Association has made some huge changes in the year of 2008. The biggest change is going from the tradition bring your own paint (BYOP) to series sponsored paint only. I spoke with Joshua D. Silverman CFOA sponsorship coordinator to get the bottom of the change and why the CFOA felt to enact the protected paint policy.
It all started with the field owners approaching the CFOA that by having gift certificates donated from the leagues generous sponsors as a prize package it was hurting the local paintball field/store. Teams who would win these prize packages would turn around and sell the gift certificates well below retail value in order to get money to continue playing. The people who in turn would purchase these prize packages would use them online or with the sponsor directly instead of their local paintball field/store. This caught the CFOA’s attention and talk began on something new; Cash payout!
The question was how would this be accomplished? For this to happen the CFOA contacted all the paint companies at the same time, asked to put X amount of dollars to sponsor the CFOA and for companies who agreed they was giving the exclusive rights to have only their brands of paint to be shot at the worlds biggest 5 man series. Of all the paint companies that was contacted 4 out of 6 major paint companies jumped on board ensuring cash payout to teams that place 1-4 in each division, both 5 man and Xball.
Mr. Silverman said, “Cash speaks, teams can use that money to buy what ever they want, whether it be gear or put the money on next events entry fee. If the teams need gear who else would they go through but their local paintball field/store, with teams doing that it helps paintball start growing again instead of declining. It’s a win/win for both the CFOA and for the people the CFOA supports and that’s the team’s local paintball field/store.”
Another bonus for teams is the CFOA is bringing back end of series cash prize package, the amount is still unknown but expect the CFOA to make the winners in each division very happy. For all this to happen and to be able to give that much cold hard cash out at each event, the sponsors are the ones to thank which include:
- Kee Action Sports
- DYE INC
- Planet Eclipse
- Smart Parts
With payout outs as follows for each Division:
5 – Man Prize Package 2008
- 1. $1500 or $1250 and ½ off to D3 5 Man World Cup
- 2. $1250
- 3. $1000
- 4. ½ off D3 5 Man World Cup or $250
- 1. $1250 or $1000 and ½ off to D4 5 Man World Cup
- 2. $1000
- 3. $750
- 4. ½ off D4 5 Man World Cup or $250
- 1. $500 and ½ off D5 Man World Cup
- 2. $400 and ½ off D5 Man World Cup
- 3. $200
- 4. $100
XBall Prize Package 2008
- 1. $2,000 or $1,000 and Free Entry to any D2 PSP 2008 Event (NOT World Cup)
- 2. $1,500 or $750 and Free Entry to D2 PSP 2008 Event (NOT World Cup) if not chosen by 1st
- 3. $1,000 or $500 and Free Entry to D2 PSP 2008 Event (NOT World Cup) if not chosen above
- 4. $500 or Free Entry to D2 PSP 2008 Event (NOT World Cup) if not chosen above
- 1. $1,700 or $850 and Free Entry to any D3 PSP 2008 Event (NOT World Cup)
- 2. $1,300 or $650 an Free Entry to D3 PSP 2008 Event (NOT World Cup) if not chosen by 1st
- 3. $900 or $450 and Free Entry to D3 PSP 2008 Event (NOT World Cup) if not chosen above
- 4. Half Off D3 PSP 2008 Event (NOT World Cup)
After this I went around and wanted to see what the customers felt about this new Series Sponsored Paint only rule:
Cathy Green – Underground Heroes Owner
“It was a shock at first, now teams are getting used to the change and will make the series better. The paint verity is nice and not worrying about hauling paint, everything is already here and I’m just happy to have our teams Underground Heroes and Fracture to be competing in the CFOA, also Gotcha Covered Printing is taking a year off and looking to be back with the CFOA in 2009.”
Matt Sossoman – Raiden
“The worst part was how long it took for the press release to come out if it would have been sooner more teams would have been able to prepare, still all the best paint companies are on board so it’s easier on teams to have paint on site. Now I want to see teams man up and have the amateur division back with maybe a cheaper buy in for the franchise.”
Mark Parris – Chaos
“CFOA had to do what they had to do to get money, it screwed some teams over and with that there would probably more teams competing. So I am more against and would like to see it go back to BYOP.”
Ben Devault – Cash Money Killers
“I honestly don’t like it, this rule hurts teams just starting out and hurts established teams that earned sponsorships through outside companies that didn’t sponsor the CFOA. I would like to see the AM division to make its return and maybe more teams would jump to that if the buy in was lowered in price.”
Of all the people I talked to the favor leaned more to the CFOA new rule which was a shock at first everyone agreed but with the cash payouts no one can argue when they are holding up those winning checks.
Another question you see a lot of is that the CFOA / PSP go hand in hand and what ever the PSP does the CFOA will follow, such examples being the 13.3 BPS rule and the series sponsored paint only rule. The answer to this question is yes. There is a vision the CFOA believes in and they can not speak for the PSP on this vision but the vision is XBall in the future to be the professional format all levels be played. Mr. Silverman said, “Imagine all one standard format of XBall, A north, south, east and west regional series and if each region has an average of 40 teams, these teams playing each other with only the top 10 to advance out of each region earning a spot to play at world cup to see who the best team in the entire nation out of 40 teams would be. Also having one national ranking system to earn pro status instead of a buy in, that right there is when paintball will truly be a sport!”
By hearing this, it has changed my prospective on paintball and just the thought about one format across the board and to earn the rights to be called a professional paintball player instead of being in the right spot at the right time. CFOA and PSP do cross promoting to help the growth of paintball which only makes sense to have the rules almost mirror each other, the huge difference is CFOA has their own 5 man rule book and the PSP has their own.
Finally one noticeable change right away when you watch games being played are the CFOA referee jerseys. Designed by league owner Larry Motes and made by Derder who is not just only making videos but custom jerseys as well. These jerseys not only stand out but are stylish giving the referees name “Zebra” truth, with the CFOA logo on the front and a “No Bull” logo on the sleeve, you will know you’re in the presence of some of the best referees a series can offer.
The CFOA continues to grow and visions keep building with this only being the start of the 2008 year, you have to ask your self what’s in store for 2009? For that answer will come in the future.
$teven ¢. Price
PBuprising.com Marketing Director