In this the hour of our discontent ... there is talk once again about some sort of pro merger. The source would appear to be other than either of the leagues but that may be a bit of misdirection as it rather smells like a trial balloon to me. (Or perhaps it's just my cynical unwillingness to take anything--about paintball--at face value.)
At any rate the gist of the proposal is a blended format of 7-man, playing multiple head-to-head games to create a match, etc. which is not new as something very similar was being bandied about during one of the earlier league merger talks.
One difference here is that (apparently) the league(s) aren't part of the discussion, just the pro teams, or at least most of them. I presume the pitch relied on the twin supports of unity and poverty to entice the teams to consider it. We can make our own destinies mixed with the whole two leagues, reduced support is killing us off one by one is a reasonably seductive argument and may even garner a lot of agreement but--
It won't make any difference. Too many of the teams are more dependent now than they were in the past when they refused to act and too many of the teams don't have the power to make that decision for themselves anyway so it's a moot point. (Disclaimer: don't get me wrong, I have long advocated the pro teams band together as a means of improving their negotiating power so I'm not against the idea at all. I just don't see either the will nor much of an opportunity anymore. Still, there is a small window ... but it's not where the proponents of this latest plan want it to be.)
How was that for cryptic?
The really interesting part of all this isn't the modified format chit-chat or the dictat of the Pro teams but the ramifications if all this is in fact a trial balloon being floated by one of the leagues.