Originally Posted by scottaka_rufio
ive always been confused on what pros pay for and what sponsors pay for.
everyone one assumes its all free to be on a pro team and i thought that Pro teams kind of have that responsibility to debunk the myths of pro paintball.
Depends on the pro team.
Some pro teams are organizations (Dynasty) and have used their past success to market themselves and sell either themselves or products. They are really one of the only teams that "made" any money in paintball.
Some pro teams are heavily sponsored by companies. This will usually cover their gear and events including travel but that's about it. There are very few "paid" paintball players. Most that you hear about (Including Ollie Lang) are also employee's of a company. So while everyone liked to talk about his contract they lost sight of the fact that he works for Dye on top of playing for them. Many pro's work for paintball companies. They are usually the most understanding of the schedule it takes to compete at a high level.
Many of the contracts that pro's get are for gear. This is also the reason why you see these pro's selling that gear as soon as they can. It is how they help support their habit.
There are a couple pro teams that are funded by a wealthy dad or mom. But this is also true of many lower division teams. I know of some teams here in the state that are more funded then our pro team is and they play D3 I believe.
We are one of the least funded pro teams out there. This is to be expected though as we are new. We have wonderful sponsors who are helping us afford to attend events and most of our gear is covered to at this point. However we still have purchased our own hoppers and masks. We will hopefully eventually find a deal on those but for the time being we are happy that we got them at dealer cost from our sponsor www.pbwarehouse.net
We paid for our own practice paint this weekend, and will do so again next and the next and the next and so on. Maybe one day we will be so lucky as to have that covered for us. We are paying for our own hotel's in HB and the gas to get out there. We will pay for our flights and everything else for the next events.
If you after the free stuff there are much easier ways to get it. Every area has a rich kid who's dad will pay for everything so that either he or his kid can be on the team. This is no surprise to anyone I'm sure. Find one of those teams and woolah free stuff galore.
For us making it to the pro level and succeeding there is so much more. I don't think a single player on my team cares about the free stuff. It's nice don't get me wrong, but we are not used to having it so we are not accustomed to it. It's just a bonus at this point. We just want to play at the highest level of competition and win. I said along time ago and stick by it today that winning one game in the pro division was more fun then winning an event in the lower divisions.