Wednesday, August 4, 2010


Yeah, I blew off the MLP Weekly Update yesterday. Mostly because there wasn't anything of consequence, moderate interest or cheap entertainment value to report. The time added to the deadline helped the PSP and a few teams out. (Even so, it's the largest decline year-to-year so far. But then again the league moved the MAO to the traditional 4th event slot which was always weak. Maybe the actual timing matters more than anyone thought.) The NPPL continues to be a last minute, seat-of-the-pants operation that somehow manages to keep going. The only question is are they doing it on a pile of escalating debt--like everybody else--or what? And, will the All*Star event be filmed or are like, seventeen people gonna see it? Just curious. Meanwhile more nothing is happening in Euroland so whoop-de-freaking-do. Well, alright, over in the not so Grand Tour they've got a few teams lined up for Moscow in late August and some actual information on the Vienna event along with some actual rankings. See what I mean? (Do they usually post fake information?)

Also, I haven't (yet) forgotten about the new POA (Paintball Operator's Association) being run on a day-to-day basis by PBN as it gets organized and accumulates members--or doesn't. The introductory thread is worth reading for those who have any interest in this topic. It's potentially a big deal and a very good thing for Paintball but realistically is also probably behind the eight ball given Paintball's history. I'm not thrilled with PBN's involvement but so what? If this is what it takes to get launched then better PBN have a part in the process than not. The only thing I would suggest at this stage is perhaps they reconsider the introductory membership fees which are currently tiered by the scale of the field operation of the potential member. Right now there aren't a lot of benefits, there's a need for members and the less risk involved to those considering joining the better. Gotta have members to make it work and there is an obvious hurdle to overcome due to past failures and, in some quarters, PBN's involvement. Make the introductory fees identical for everyone and let the members decide if that needs to change in the future or not. Either way the POA deserves a chance to succeed.


Reiner Schafer said...

On the POA, I don't have a problem with the bigger players paying a larger share. It's not unlike me wanting to see people with larger incomes paying more taxes.

I just snuck into the middle bracket, but would (and hopefully have reason to the future) pay the higher fee.

Anonymous said...

baca, is this a topic worth exploring?

Seems interesting.

Baca Loco said...

Most people don't seem to mind somebody else footing a bigger chunk of the bill.

Good catch.

Reiner Schafer said...

Yep. And upping the bill for smaller field owners is certainly not going to help get them involved.

Baca Loco said...

Let me be clear, Identical and lower.

Reiner Schafer said...

Ohhh, I see. That's sort of like customers at a paintball field (or anything else for that matter). They want to pay less, and still get the same or better product. It would be nice if the world worked like that.

I think the vast majority of fields fall into the first (lowest) category. This category will be made up of many of the "hobbyist" fieldowners. The ones that do it part time, many "to give local players a a place to play" rather than try to make any money, like a real business would. These types of field owners are going to be the least likely to understand the benefits of a trade association, but may in fact benefit the most.

The upper two categories, especially the top, are going to be fieldowners with some degree of previous success. They will understand business and how it works to some extent. They will also be able to afford the slightly higher membership dues.

The toughest hurdle for the POA will be to get fieldowners (entrepreneurs by nature) to stop thinking as individuals only, but rather get them to a point where they understand that unifying and raising the bar industry wide, will help everyone. Many fieldowners I have met could care less about the welfare of other fieldowners or the industry in general. Humans are selfish beings in general, and entrepreneurs even more so. It's why the PSTA and other organizations in the past have always failed. The fact that most of the members have always been paintballers first, and businessmen second doesn't help either.