Originally Posted by DM6 KILLA
gabe you know that i know you're smart but that post makes no sense at all lol.
i'm sure semi pro players would rather be called pros than pros wanting to beef up semi-pro rosters. if anything just wipe away semi-pro and make one big pro division. for the most part semi-pro and pro players are at the same skill level.
You're looking at it from the players' perspective, Nick. Look at it from the perspective of the team owners, league management and sponsors. Let me take you through it step by step:
1. Sponsors are limiting the amount of funding to pro teams. This effectively limits the possible number of pro teams.
2. The league has limited the rosters of the pro teams. It's 8 players plus one alternate.
3. Team owners decide which players they place on their teams.
In 2009 there were 13 pro teams. In 2010 there may be only 8. If that is the case, then there will be around 40 pro level players with no team to play on. I'd say it's highly likely that many of them do not want to stop playing, so they'll have to find a semi-pro team to play with instead. Thus the pro players will beef up the semi-pro division.
Even if that's not the case, the situation is entirely controlled by sponsorship dollars. There are far less of them to pay for talent. Talent then, is going to be pushed around. The high end (pro) will either be pushed down to semi-pro, or pushed out of the sport. The effect would likely push further down the chain (semi-pro players joining D1 teams, D1 to D2).
If you're a team owner with a D1 team and you know there are semi-pro/pro level players around and available aren't you going to try and pick them up?
I'll be interested to see if it actually does play out this way, and if it does, how that will affect the overall level of competition.