The NPPL has (apparently) given the thumb's up to two new pro teams for the 2013 season. Both groups have posted their intentions on Facebook and the kids from CRU (to be called 'Crush') have a new thread in the NPPL forum on PBN. Which reminds me: What's up, PBN, no pro team forums yet for these guys? Where's the love? The other team will be backed by TradeMyGun out of Indiana. In the case of Crush they have a mission; "We look forward to showing the world what everyday players can do once given the opportunity!!!" The Indiana-based crew are (so far) keeping a lower profile. Will they too roster "everyday players" or recycle some old pros outta the Midwest or a bit of both? Who knows (and if I were feeling unkind I might add who cares. Seriously.) At this point it would be easy to tear down the new kids but I'm not going there. I'm far more interested in how the league is (mis)handling this and what the longer term implications are likely to be.
What's going on? Is the NPPL filling empty spots? Trying to get back to a 16 team pro division? What? If you look at the participating teams by event last year Vegas had fifteen teams by including Phoenix Contact and letting Heat play. If we assume Heat was a one off then there are/were 2 slots to fill to maintain a 16 team division. But then there are the past season and off season rumors of teams leaving the NPPL too? What happens then? And why isn't the league taking charge, being proactive? And what will be the result of making moves like this?
Best case scenario the NPPL is filling up to 16 teams. (Okay, real best case--least worse case?--would be to promote the best teams possible.) Why isn't the league controlling the release of information? If this is the best course why aren't they out in front of this making their case? Instead it's like stuff happens and the league goes, oh yeah, that's right. Whose running this league?
If the league also loses some pro teams these sorts of additions simply accelerate the division's decline and if the pro division becomes a laughing stock it reflects badly on the whole league.
Two teams from the league ownership's inner circle are (apparently) returning to the PSP. Whether at the behest of their sponsors or on their own the easy conclusion to draw is they need to be in the PSP in order to validate their pro status and/or to be a relevant pro team in the eyes of paintball fans.
Maybe the league doesn't have anything to say because they are embarrassed by the whole thing too.