Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Major League Paintball Held Hostage: Weekly Update

The PSP has 354 teams registered for World Cup not counting the pro teams so far unlisted, 4 or 5 so far, and no Joy Division yet either. The last reduced entry date has come and gone so the price is fixed until end of registration. It is a waiting game for the next two weeks--or so--to see what the final numbers will be. At present 148 teams are paid. A final paid number in the 270 - 285 range would be consistent with the general decline this year from last seen at previous events.

Over at the USPL presents the NPPL 3.0 registrations, not counting the pro team owners, is at 69 with 20 teams paid. Friends on Facebook are swell but they don't pay the bills, competing teams do.

One bright spot, depending on your point of view, is the strong showing of late in D2 & M5 registrations for Campaign as there are now 24 teams in D2 and 42 in M5 with a particularly large turnout of UK teams in M5. As of today this will be the second largest event of the season just behind Malaga.

The Grand Tour has announced the Pro results for the season. I don't know if that was the plan all along or the result of no pro teams registering for the upcoming Riga Latvia event. (The info could be on the website somewhere as I confess I didn't look very hard.) Registrations for Riga stand at 13 teams across 3 divisions of play.

The long and short this week is that the status of World Cup is still an unknown as is the outcome for the NPPL 3.0's Vegas event. Hanging in the balance are a successful season--one that doesn't lose money--and hard decisions about the future. In Euroland does Campaign turn the season around for the MS? And can the Grand Tour possibly carry over to next year after what must be seen as a very disappointing inaugural season? Time will tell.

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