Not In The Paintball News this week is a bunch of Millennium news--and more. Let's begin with their so-called World Cup at Paris-Disney (dueling Cups anyone?) The big numbers have the Board contemplating a fifth event for next season. Word is some potential sites are already under consideration. In more immediate news the MS has, at the last second, made available a new 'Masters' format--aimed at the aging baller--that bears a strong resemblance to the Formula Fives out of the UK. Why, after the MS has moved to integrate their Xball Lite formula top to bottom would they introduce an all new format? The answer may lie in the bunker set as the new "Classic" division also introduces brand new "props" which appear to be prefabricated wall and corner pieces that fit together. The result is a standardized cross between a rec village and pallet style field that can be easily replicated. And provides Sup'Air with an all new product line. The PSP may have grudgingly accepted the technical snake and upgrade kits but at least they didn't create a whole new division of manufactured play in order to sell Sup'Air stuff. That said it was pointed out to me in a conversation earlier today that Sup'Air's new city props might be a good match with JT's Splatmaster line or seamlessly integrated into Airsoft or laser tag play. Finally rumor has it that Laurent Hamet has said a brand new and comprehensive rule book will be released before next season. Rumor also has it the rule book will be accompanied by a complimentary rule book for refs as well. Given that a new rule book has been in the offing for years I'll believe it when I can download it. (And if it does come out feel free to thank me then.)
VFTD reported some months ago that Facefull had--once again--discontinued publication and apparently that fact has finally been noticed at--Facefull--who recently announced they are going on hiatus--again. You say hiatus I say dirt nap.
Shoreline Ltd., the UK promoters who are the driving force behind the new 'The Paintball Show' got the good news just the other day that the network (one of the independent Euro ones, SKY or something) wanted them to expand the show from 60 minutes to 90 minutes on the basis of seeing the first two shows--which haven't aired yet. I mention it because it's soon to be paintball on TV--the Holy Grail after all--and because I am wondering what they could possibly do with ninety minutes that won't drive the average viewer to an alcoholic stupor. The episodes will be available via internet after their broadcast debut.
In a similar vein Social PB has jumped into the video paintball news biz with the Social Weekly News. The first episode was, on the whole, pretty good. I'm curious to see if enough happens week to week to provide sufficient content but it's a nice addition to everything Social is doing.
And kudos to PBAccess for upping the ante with 'The Hot Seat' interview(s). The first was with Rusty Glaze, new coach of Dynasty, and features some tougher questions which allow the viewer some insights into what Rusty is thinking and how he will approach his new job. It may have lacked fireworks but was solidly informative and well worth viewing. (You're welcome.)
In closing Mr. Curious has heard the whispered rumor that Impact is looking to get back into the PSP as a full time Pro division participant next season. If true it's clear Bart wants Impact to be relevant (and a serious Pro division contender) but a move back to the PSP would be an acknowledgement the the team needs the PSP to make their bones, wouldn't it? (Which wouldn't do anything good for the NPPL's reputation.) Match that with hints that some high profile Pro teams may drop out due to continuing sponsorship austerity measures and the NPPL could be a tough spot.