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Old 12-22-2014, 06:46 PM #1
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RAZA Paintball Drops Houston Heat.

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Sponsorship 101: For all the people out there that send me emails everyday about sponsorship, let me enlighten you a bit about the meaning of this agreement to us. I sponsor people who are passionate about the things I am passionate about, like winning, loyalty, creativity, teamwork, and integrity. With sponsorship comes responsibility. Sponsorship is a commitment to represent those that help give you an opportunity to do what you love because they believe in you. Sponsorship is a partnership between groups or individuals to work together to reach higher goals. Sponsorship is also an extension of respect for what people work hard for everyday. I have been in paintball since 1995 and have been fortunate enough to know paintball as it has evolved into today's game. If it weren't for many individuals' efforts, I wouldn't be where I am. If it weren't for all the players and teams that buy our products, I wouldn't be able to do what I love and support teams like Houston Heat the way that I did. Ultimately, sponsorship is about mutual respect and an understanding of common goals.

What you see in this picture is a piss poor representation of what sponsorship is all about. For two years I have given @houstonheatpaintball thousands of dollars in sponsorship just to see the players wear competitors' products, disregard requests for collaboration, and overall disrespect the hard work of my team at Raza Design. I have let it all go time after time, but this is enough. Things like this happen all the time in paintball and everyone always lets it go. People always ask the old question of why paintball hasn't grown and it is because of things like this. Heat is going to a new jersey sponsor next year and despite the fact that I have given the team over 500 jerseys and more, Greg Siewers is going to black out my logo from a picture on Instagram on a jersey I gave him for free THIS YEAR! The sense of entitlement and lack of appreciation blows my mind. I see things like this all over the league and it is severely disappointing. It is no wonder that the major manufacturers in this industry have decreased their willingness to contribute like they used to.
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Old 12-22-2014, 06:50 PM #2
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Old 12-22-2014, 06:57 PM #3
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Wow! Total props for bringing this out for all to see. I am glad people stand up for their brand and not let others take advantage. Respect
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Old 12-22-2014, 07:07 PM #4
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Interesting. I am curious why they would do that, even if they already had a new jersey sponsor they can't be expected to edit all their previous photos.
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Old 12-22-2014, 07:11 PM #5
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Definitely curious as to what heat will say about it...
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Old 12-22-2014, 07:15 PM #6
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I understand there is more to Raza's complaint than this guy using a really old neoprene tank cover that obviously has some sentimental/good luck charm value to it. I understand this is probably the straw that broke the preverbial back but it just looks petty. Show the pic where your logo is blacked out.


Edit: It's there. I missed it. If you are blind like I am look inside the circle. I was looking everywhere but inside the circle.

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Old 12-22-2014, 07:19 PM #7
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Old 12-22-2014, 07:20 PM #8
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I understand there is more to Raza's complaint than this guy using a really old neoprene tank cover that obviously has some sentimental/good luck charm value to it. I understand this is probably the straw that broke the preverbial back but it just looks petty. Show the pic where your logo is blacked out
that photo is the one with it blacked out, look at his arm, right by the cuff off the jersey. theres a black line where it would say RAZA.
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Old 12-22-2014, 07:20 PM #9
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I understand there is more to Raza's complaint than this guy using a really old neoprene tank cover that obviously has some sentimental/good luck charm value to it. I understand this is probably the straw that broke the preverbial back but it just looks petty. Show the pic where your logo is blacked out
Probably referring to the black 45 degree MS paint line inside the red circle on the arm of the jersey.
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Old 12-22-2014, 07:21 PM #10
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I understand there is more to Raza's complaint than this guy using a really old neoprene tank cover that obviously has some sentimental/good luck charm value to it. I understand this is probably the straw that broke the preverbial back but it just looks petty. Show the pic where your logo is blacked out
It's in the picture. Look at the damn black line on his arm, it was probably used off a editing program .
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Old 12-22-2014, 07:22 PM #11
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Good for them, and by that I mean raza.
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Old 12-22-2014, 07:23 PM #12
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What's up old Smart Parts tank cover
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Old 12-22-2014, 07:29 PM #13
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Good for RAZA! You're never too good, or too big, or too important for your sponsors. The reality is they almost always do much more for you than you can ever do for them.
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Interesting read, thank you for sharing. I'm still wondering when Houston Heat will give me the mask I won in their facebook contest.... it's been about 2 years
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Old 12-22-2014, 07:52 PM #16
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Interesting read, thank you for sharing. I'm still wondering when Houston Heat will give me the mask I won in their facebook contest.... it's been about 2 years


I'm waiting on a sweatshirt still. Definitely pushing a 2 year mark as well
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Nice job raza. I am not a raza fan because of the price but you guys do make sick gear and if a sponsored team doesn't support you then they can kiss your ***. I would do the same thing, these guys "upper pros on popular teams" get paid to wear and shoot gear and to do something like that is a slap in the face
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Old 12-22-2014, 08:37 PM #18
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To date the one and only person from Heat was Nick Slowiak. Props to Todd for calling out a buster, especially with the amount of work I know goes in to making the jerseys for pro teams leading up to the events.
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The new sponsor could have forced Greg in to censoring the Raza logo. Let's chill for a minute until Heat makes a statement on the matter. They are after all a professional organization.
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Props to Raza on this. I support what makes our shared passion of paintball better. Behavior like this from teams and players is not acceptable and Raza should do exactly what they are doing.

Makes me happier that I bought a Raza jersey last year.
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good for Raza sticking up for their company.
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