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Old 11-04-2013, 11:26 AM #1
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American Paintball League (APL) offering Millennium Format - Valken splits from NPPL

We just received this press release from the brand new American Paintball League (APL).


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Oceanside, Calif. - November 4, 2013 - After a successful 2013 tournament season, Paintball Promotions Inc. is proud to announce the formation of a new national paintball circuit, the American Paintball League (APL).

The APL will offer five events at sites across the United States with teams competing in a 5-player Millennium Style Race format. A Professional Division will be offered by invitation along with Semi-Pro through Division 4 levels open to all players and teams.

"Valken is strongly behind Shawn Walker and the Paintball Promotions staff. We are excited to build off our fantastic 2013 season and can't wait for 2014!", said Gino Postorivo, President and CEO of Valken Sports. "The American Paintball League brings all the best aspects of our sport together and Valken is proud to be the presenting sponsor."

Tony Mineo will serve as Commissioner for the APL and all events will be officiated by his professional crew of experienced referees.

PBPromotionslive.com will be broadcasting live at every event with the continued partnership with Universal Streaming Network.

More information will be released soon including venues, dates, prize packages, entry fees and Professional team names.
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I know everyone has lots of questions regarding the APL. We wanted to get this initial press release out and plan to release more info every week. Here are some initial answers to the questions we have heard. If you have more, please feel free to email us directly or we will try and check back here on pbnation.

I think it was clear that we (Paintball Promotions) never owned the NPPL name or trademark. We had a license to use the name last season. I think all went well last year and we were good custodians of the league and name. We did not renew that licensing agreement. I am unsure what the owners of the NPPL name plan to do with it now.

With the amount of changes necessary to bring the league more in line with what our customers were wanting we felt it best to start with a new name and new direction. It's hard to see 7-man go away, but it seemed necessary at this stage. Most events across the nation are some version of 5-man. Rather than trying to bring the water to the horse we thought it makes more sense to bring the horse to the water. Basically rather than try and change peoples mindset on what type of paintball to play it made more sense to provide an event and series that fits what people want.

We have spoken to many of the Pro teams and many have indicated they are interested in playing in the APL. We will be announcing confirmed Pro teams in smaller groups over the next few months.

Schedule will be out once all the other leagues release their schedule. We are the new kid in town and will be respectful to make sure dates and locations aren't on top of other dates.
We've already followed up and asked them the following questions, but please post here what else you would like to know:

What will happen to the NPPL name (format, league)? - They've cut ties. See above.

Is 7 man being abandoned? - Yes, see above.

Have any PSP or Millennium pro teams committed to playing?

When will there be a schedule?

EDIT: What Millennium rules will be used? What fields?
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Old 11-04-2013, 11:30 AM #2
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my guess is 7 man is gonna be gone. im excited for more xball/raceto events. bring it to boston!
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Old 11-04-2013, 11:31 AM #3
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1. Geez, Valken just can't spend their money fast enough.

2. Why is the 'nppl' so hell bent on trying to 'out do' PSP.
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Old 11-04-2013, 11:34 AM #4
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1. Geez, Valken just can't spend their money fast enough.

2. Why is the 'nppl' so hell bent on trying to 'out do' PSP.
nppl and psp have always been in competition.. nothing new here. its about time they realized that teams are all playing xball now for the most part
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Old 11-04-2013, 11:39 AM #5
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this is ridiculous...two leagues running the almost exact same format now...great!
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Old 11-04-2013, 11:52 AM #6
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it would be cool to see a smaller league hosting events in between the PSP events and in locations that PSP doesn't hit - Boston, Seattle, and I'm guessing HB. I'm not very optimistic though
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Old 11-04-2013, 12:00 PM #7
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it would be cool to see a smaller league hosting events in between the PSP events and in locations that PSP doesn't hit - Boston, Seattle, and I'm guessing HB. I'm not very optimistic though
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Old 11-04-2013, 12:02 PM #8
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prelude to merger with millennium merger?
I'd imagine a euro league and a NA league, with their own regular series tournaments to determine team rankings, and then a playoffs between the top 5 teams from each side to determine the world champion. This would allow for a more diverse league without requiring massive amounts of international travel throughout the year.
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Old 11-04-2013, 12:11 PM #9
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From what Ive been told by a good source.

5 man format

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Old 11-04-2013, 12:12 PM #10
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Old 11-04-2013, 12:13 PM #11
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I like Elements idea, and this "new" league sounds good, especially if their broadcast team can put something together even comparable to PBA.
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Old 11-04-2013, 12:17 PM #13
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I like Elements idea, and this "new" league sounds good, especially if their broadcast team can put something together even comparable to PBA.
i doubt it...did you see their las vegas coverage?
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Old 11-04-2013, 12:22 PM #14
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Smart business move on Shawn's part. The NPPL name has been destroyed and worn out.

I hope they can put together something good. Would be interesting to see more European teams coming over here and playing 'their' format. Attempting to get some of them over here is smart.

Please do a better job than the NPPL has done since... 2008? Please don't create another joke of a national league like the NPPL was. I hope this works out, but a name and format change won't save them if they keep running subpar events.
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Old 11-04-2013, 12:35 PM #15
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Smart business move on Shawn's part. The NPPL name has been destroyed and worn out.

I hope they can put together something good. Would be interesting to see more European teams coming over here and playing 'their' format. Attempting to get some of them over here is smart.

Please do a better job than the NPPL has done since... 2008? Please don't create another joke of a national league like the NPPL was. I hope this works out, but a name and format change won't save them if they keep running subpar events.
The only bad side is them still letting in d3/4 psp teams play pro. It demeans the established pro and semi pro teams that stuck it out.
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Old 11-04-2013, 12:39 PM #16
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The only bad side is them still letting in d3/4 psp teams play pro. It demeans the established pro and semi pro teams that stuck it out.
I would hope that's the point of the format change. A more PSP style format would make practices easier for teams who run both leagues. Plus using the Millennium format could lure some of the better funded European pros. Even if teams are more dedicated to PSP, playing these events as a high stakes practice makes a lot more sense than playing a completely different format like 7 man.

Also, please, use APPA.
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If only it was the Millennium putting on the events so we would know that there are actually going to BE events.
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Not sure on this. While I like a true world cup idea, that idea needs more than teams from Europe and North America in it to gain credid as a true world cup. I would love to see something like a Champion's League also. I don't see it happening though.
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The only bad side is them still letting in d3/4 psp teams play pro. It demeans the established pro and semi pro teams that stuck it out.
Maybe it will bring back all the PSP Pro teams, and maybe not. Only time will tell.
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they probably wont though and even if they did it seems like they want to keep their buisness with the psp
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