While it's nice to see Pro Paintball (hopefully) making a comeback it would be nicer if that comeback featured accurate information. Or maybe it does and the problem is with the NPPL. Whatever, somebody doesn't know what's going on.
While one can (perhaps) reasonably debate the relative merits of various venues--and I'll get back to that in a minute--it's kinda important to get the few existing "facts" correct.
Fact is if the NPPL has contacted the Tampa Bay Sports Commission about once again using Raymond James grass parking lots for an event they are dealing with a powerless intermediary at best. You see it's the Tampa Sports Authority that manages Ray Jay and the surrounding city properties and any deal must be negotiated with the TSA. If the NPPL hasn't and the author is trying to enhance his speculation with factoids he simply doesn't know what he's talking about. Pick one.
As to the notion that somehow past and perhaps present (or future) NPPL venues are vastly superior and advance the game the brief history of the past decade begs to disagree. Where is the evidence that any venue--used by either league--has made any identifiable difference ever? Sure HB is a cool location and lots of peeps walk, bike, skate, surf past and so what? Is turf on sand a better playing surface that flat natural grass? What has a decade of HB events done that anyone can point to and say, competitive paintball is better because of HB!
What you can make a case for is that the locations of past NPPL events have generally been more appealing to the players. Even so it seems like most of those high appeal venues require game play compromises like carpet on asphalt. Maybe the real disconnect is in recognizing what's important and what isn't.