Originally Posted by Splatkid10
What's with the constant roster changes in professional paintball? The lack of contracts (in the sense of NFL, MLB, etc.) I feel allows this to happen. That said, of you want professional paintball to grow in terms of popularity I don't think you can have these roster changes and new teams popping up as often as it happens.
Does anyone know what drives all these changes? Because as an outside perspective it looks like teams have internal fights all the time and decide to switch teams.
Oh but a nice vid!
Thanks for the compliment. The cause of this is just the economic operation model of the sport. Many Players are not paid salaries for being on a roster, and the rosters arent regulated and administered by the leagues.
Pro paintball behaves more similarly to other action sports. The teams operate, in essence, as independent small businesses. They generate revenue from sponsorship deals with product brands, event winnings and personal appearances.
Some teams are basically or outright owned by a manufacturer (the Ironmen, Infamous) other teams like Aftershock or Vicious are owned by an individual who own a retail outlet or field. A handful are owned by an individual with no paintball business ties (Russians, Arsenal, Damage I believe)
Owners may or may not workout compensation for their players, but what that is and how its done is completely different all over the board. There's no league minimums, so the Russians do what works for their model, Aftershock does what works for them.
The leagues and pro teams are not directly affiliated with each other like in trad pro sports. Though people refer to the NPPL as "team owned," it too is complex and more of a "league owned by the teams" then having "teams owned by the league"
It's important to understand the difference there, it's not a top-down structure managing its teams.
Technically, the pros pay the leagues, in the forms of entry fees.
Pro Teams elect to play in as many or as few leagues as suites their budgets and sponosrship/exposure needs.
The leagues have no direct influence over the operations of the pro teams, though I did hear a rumor that for 2012 pro teams & players all agreed that a player would have to be "released" by his current team before he moves to a new one mid season. I personally can't confirm this though.
Hope that helps!!! It's all pretty complicated! ;-)
Thanks so much for watching the film & being interested enough to ask questions!