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Old 09-16-2009, 10:15 AM #1
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New Thread of the Week: The Domino Effect


Baca Loco had a great blog entry the other week about the domino effect of Dynasty leaving Smart Parts (http://viewfromthedeadbox.blogspot.c...html#comments).

To quote the man himself, "The domino effect I have on my mind today is the possible (probable?) absence of Smart Parts from the field of potential sponsors who support competitive paintball. And the specific domino I have in mind is Dynasty."

I think its a great query to ponder, both fun for the zeitgeist and potentially important for the kids swimming in that particular pool (what I mean is, fun for the people who follow "pro" teams and important for "pro" teams).

So, as an example only, and not at all indicative of my actual thinking, one could say:

Smart Parts dumps Dynasty / Dynasty leaves Smart Parts
Smart Parts replaces Dynasty with Arsenal
DYE does not replace Arsenal
Dynast signs with KEE to shoot their guns and paint, plus clothing, et. al.
KEE drops 5 teams for paint (NEH, X-Factor, Impact, Dogs, Bushwackers) and reduces sponsorship to X-Factor and Infamous to make room for Dynasty.
Bushwackers and X-Factor fold, Impact and Dogs go to Draxxus, NEH goes to Valken. Infamous makes due.
Draxxus keeps Smart Parts, Aftermath and Arsenal but drops Avalanche
You see how deep and detailed it can get.

So, give it some thought and put your ideas out here.

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Old 09-16-2009, 11:36 AM #2
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Baca, aka Paul Richards, is the coach of Tampa Bay Damage. Prior to that he was the coach for Doc's Raiders and, briefly, Trauma. And before that he was an assistant coach on Strange.

Paul wrote regularly for PGi for a long while.
Ah, thanks for the clarification.


Do you think that if the sponsors picked up new pro teams they'd balance their end by dropping other pro teams, or maybe by dropping more divisional teams instead?
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Old 09-16-2009, 11:39 AM #3
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I think pro teams are going to be dropped because they are not producing a favorable ROI. So pro teams will lose more overall. I think that if anyone picks up a big chip, they'll have to do that much more cutting to make it make sense.

I think divisional teams, whose sponsorship is largely predicated on store or field purchasing, will be fine. There is a difference between marketing-via-sponsorship and sales support-via-sponsorship.
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Old 09-16-2009, 11:43 AM #4
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That color doesnt go well with the grey background, just like im sure you cant see my text in sig if you have the white background. I know this is not you writing the article, i was just tossing out that i dont think XFactor would fold due to a decrease in support from KEE.
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Old 09-16-2009, 03:03 PM #5
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Someone emailed me a response to this thread. Although I would not ordinarily do this, I want to help jump start this thread, and therefore have decided to post the email here.

I have sanitized it. I feel confident that the author won't be discovered through my posting this. Otherwise I would not post it.

These are not necessarily my opinions. I am posting it for someone else.

Smart Parts loses Dynasty but the money they save allows them to keep Aftermath. This could be Dynasty leaving Smart Parts or the other way around.

Dynasty moves to KEE. They’ll be head-to-toe as KEE’s new flagship team.

KEE will make room for Dynasty by cutting back on the teams they sponsor now. I predict they will drop Infamous, because Dynasty will replace them as the flagship. I expect KEE will also severely cut the budgets of, or drop outright, X-Factor, Impact, Dogs, Bushwackers, Damage and Aftershock. I expect them to keep: Legion, Dynasty and Ironmen. Ironmen is more about business relationships than sponsorship.

As for the Hurricanes, I don’t know what to think. I don’t see how you would keep your paint sponsorship, because the team hasn’t done well this year, but something tells me you got out in front of this thing awhile ago. But I also think your comment about Valken may have been a double entendre. I’m on to your tricks, Stein.
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Old 09-28-2009, 11:12 AM #7
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Another great topic that didn't take off.
Becoming like VFTD in here.
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Old 09-28-2009, 01:29 PM #8
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valken?
valken is a new company "just" getting into paintball. Gino started it up and hes one of the original owners of national paintball.
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Old 09-28-2009, 02:12 PM #9
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What about the potential domino effect of the change of caliber's in paintball? How do you feel about it Jeff?
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Old 09-28-2009, 02:18 PM #10
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I feel like it won't happen.
But in not happening, there could be a domino effect.
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Old 09-28-2009, 02:26 PM #11
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Do you feel like the change could actually promote growth and further professionalize our sport? Or do you feel that it's a step towards an arbitrary position?
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Old 09-28-2009, 03:17 PM #12
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I've always felt that .68 caliber was very arbitrary. It is after all, the caliber that was chosen to best mark trees, not fly accurate and far enough for a game. However, I want to see real advantages for a smaller caliber before people talk about switching. My experiences with smaller paint say that it won't fly as far, won't break as often and won't mark as well. I am very interested and open to people proving any of those wrong though.

As far as the domino effect, Dynasty is in my mind far and away the most recognizable "free agent" team in paintball in that they aren't owned by a manufacturer. Dynasty was created back in the day as the JT Factory team, but the team has even evolved past that. Even with manufactures finally demanding a reasonable ROI when sponsoring teams, they have a better chance than most to deliver. That means the company which captures them for 2010 will most likely have to cast another less well known team aside.
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Old 09-28-2009, 08:37 PM #13
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I don't want to stray this off topic, but I think smaller than a .68 caliber paintball will be ridiculous. It's easy enough to ditch paint now, and people want less of it on you?
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Old 09-30-2009, 12:08 PM #14
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Hmmm.

Tough times and this domino effect could be what is needed to make the Pro division just that, a division of the best caliber talent .(not the wealthiest talent)
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