While we await the opening of registration for both the PSP's Galveston season opener and the NPPL's Huntington Beach event the obvious question is which will be the bigger event? Galveston isn't Phoenix but Phoenix was in decline in real numbers and there seems to be mostly positive buzz about the new Texas venue. Of course HB is a legendary venue--and isn't it just a little sad that a significant percent of current tourney players only know what they've seen the last couple of years--or that I can call HB legendary and everyone acknowledges my meaning even though the first HB was less than a decade ago. Anyway, before real registration numbers start to skew our results swish those tea leaves around or grab that Magic 8-ball as you vote this week on which event will have the largest turnout. PSP or NPPL?
More teams will play--
Monday Poll in Review
Last week VFTD wanted to know, in a roundabout sorta way, what if any impact the presence of a pro division has on the average or likely divisional player. The question was: Imagine there are no more pro divisions in the major leagues (PSP, NPPL & MS) would you be ... More inclined to participate in a major league event; less inclined or it wouldn't make any difference. More inclined finished a distant third with 7% of the vote. Less inclined received 30% of the vote and wouldn't make any difference was the overwhelming choice with 62%.
I had expected going into the week of the poll that the less inclined & wouldn't make any difference votes to have been the reverse of what they turned out. Nor am I sure I believe the voters. As I pointed out in the comments it wasn't too many years ago that the main draw for divisional teams was a chance to play a pro in the prelims. And for the more competitive teams playing the series in one of the am divisions isn't the goal to succeed and have a chance to move up? Move up to what? And what about a team like Vicious? Sure they've been cleverly marketed but isn't a chunk of their popularity the result of living the dream, working their way up, and reaching the pinnacle of their sport? Hard to do without the pinnacle.
On the other hand, if these numbers are to be believed, maybe the PSP would be better off without a pro division and those CPL losses might be a blessing in disguise.