If you missed it – and odds are you did – you missed out on the best live presentation of competitive paintball ever shown. Hey, I don't blame you. Either you were at Cup or you were, you know, busy. Seriously, this was a quantum leap forward in the professional display of paintball. Cameras on the field, cameras in the pits, live play-by-play and a totally bitchin' digital scoreboard. I spent a few minutes in the control room on Sunday to see it all in action and it was amazing. And best of all – it will only get better. Even as the production was in process new ideas and better ways of doing things were added to the master list for next time.
It cost the league a substantial chunk of change to launch. A chunk they won't likely recover for a while but it was/is a worthwhile investment in the game and the league. Awesome job, Pat, Matty and everybody else. (Now I gots to figure out a way to attend events AND see the show.)
It will be interesting to see what comes out of all the recorded data in post production. Perhaps a multi-disc NXL set of World Cup '08? A Sunday Finals?
Great as it was there were a couple of "problems" I've heard about from a few peeps. One was drop out, losing the feed. I don't know how extensive that issue was nor how often it may have reoccurred but obviously it's important to limit the occurrences. The other thing I'd like to see is some sort of full field shot – if not an overhead shot (which seems like it would be hard to do given the normal set-up) perhaps something set up from opposite back corners? With a split screen you could see the whole breakout and it would, I think, make it easier to put each point into perspective. Just a thought.
Does the possible appearance of the mini-jumbotron (Is that like jumbo shrimp?) mean we might see a field layout with the X on, say, the D-wire? [There's discussion already about using the digital scoreboard display from the webshow on site broadcast to a big screen. Cool huh?] I know Damien has a few really unusual designs tucked away. Just saying.