Originally Posted by J. Stein
Because of the influx of NPPL pro, NPPL d1 teams and current PSP d1 teams. I believe that it's not fair to require every NPPL pro team to have to take a pro PSP spot. As you showed, the pro division is pretty eff'in expensive, I would assume that not all of them could afford it and that semi pro would be cheaper to play(or would semi pro cost about the same?). Also, this would give them time to become more familiarized with the new format while not, I guess, 'belittle' them by simply deregulating them into one giant d1 division. I know I would be pissed if I went from being a pro team in NPPL for a few seasons to have to play d1.
I also don't think its good to have this big gap between D1 and Pro. I know I mentioned earlier that if one or so of the top d1 teams wanted to, and had the support to do so, still should. Mainly because you guys have been playing in the highest division, much like CEP last year, and they were able to bump up. And if the team feels ready, has the support, why not? Of course there's also my selfish reasoning and my issue with lack of diversity(no north east teams) in the pro ranks.
But I suppose if you're just going to leave out semi pro and call d1 open, that works too.
I wonder if there is a reason the PSP never adopted this?
Seems like most of the things they do have a reason (whether the general public agrees with it or not...).
True, I actually have mixed feelings about that. I can see how on one hand it'd help teams kinda get their *** in gear knowing that they could be deregulated... and in theory, make them practice harder and be more competitive. My main reason behind the whole regulation/deregulation process is that it would help properly place all of the merged teams.
Butttt, at the same time... if a team earns their pro spot, should they be forced down to semi pro? I have a feeling that could create issues with teams losing sponsors. It does seem to work fine with Millenium(and I think CXBL as well).
Speaking of CXBL, I don't know if anyone noticed, but they appear to have 110-ish teams. I'm not sure if they're all active or not, but if they are they seem to be doing something right up there.