At what point to you buy into the latest TV hype, if ever? While I understand Joe Baller's unwillingness to be fooled again I'm still kinda surprised the ESPN name isn't having more of an impact on paintballers' imaginations so this week's The Monday Poll wants to know what it's going to take to get you excited.
The latest attempt at mainstreaming competitive paintball on TV becomes important:
Never. Even if the sport gets another shot it will fail.
When ESPN is spending their money to put paintball on TV.
When competitive paintball appears on a real TV channel and not just a fancier webcast.
If competitive paintball is recognized by the X-Games.
When I see it with my own two eyes on a TV screen no matter who paid for it to happen.
When the teams are competing in the best format; xball.
When the first outside the industry sponsor signs up to support more competitive paintball on TV.
Or fill in the blank as you choose with an answer you add in the comments. Are you a cynic, a realist, a quiet dreamer, a hater or an abstainer? Have your say, it's only a mouse click away. Stand up (or remain seated) and be counted!
Monday Poll in Review
Last week's poll was looking for the PB community opinion of how much impact pro team marker endorsements have. Unsurprisingly, some voters failed to vote among the personal options but even so some 45% admitted that pro team endorsements, for whatever reasons, influenced their buying decision. And that's probably low. If everyone who participated in the poll have given an answer for this section it likely would have exceeded 50%, either somewhat influenced or definitely influenced in their marker purchase. And of the 35% who insisted it had no influence on them personally (some percent are certainly lying) because among the total vote only 9% thought pro gun use, or endorsements, there was no influence on anybody.
On the other hand 77% were certain pro use improved brand recognition (while some group, perhaps upwards of 23% didn't know what brand recognition means.) Meanwhile 66% believe pro endorsement influences the purchases of other paintball players. Taken at face value it would seem pro endorsement of a gun (or other paintball product?) does influence the purchase of that product. Given that voters chose "definitely influences" over "may influence" by around 2:1 further substantiates the belief among the voters that endorsements work.