Back by popular demand! (That's a lie. Nobody cared one way or the other but fortunately what y'all think doesn't matter.) It's The Monday Poll!
Silly season is in full sway--and by silly season I mean the push at the end of the year for teams to make their best sponsorship deals while the getting is, if not so good for many, at least while something remains on the table. And with the Russkies jumping on the Valken/Sly bandwagon with such alacrity and Dynasty (less than a week removed from the ending of their deal with Empire) making the move to HK Army the action behind the scenes is (apparently) fast & furious. Interestingly there was nothing about paint mentioned in the Russian deal with Valken--despite persistent rumors Valken paint will be allowed at PSP events next season--and the fact a lot of deals recently have been tied to paint availability. And the fact that Dynasty made their move so quickly suggests they had been talking to potential sponsors and there may not have been a whole lotta love for the Boys in Blue that didn't have some unacceptable demands attached to it. With Dynasty locked in to HK's soft goods package and their Planet markers they've got some maneuvering room for goggles and loaders perhaps. Rumor has that while paint drove a lot of sponsorships last year and will likely continue to have outsized influence with many teams that there will be a bigger push this year for package deals now that GI is a player with soft goods, goggles and exclusive distribution rights on a high end tourney gun--but who knows?
What I do know is the sponsorship pie ain't as big and juicy as it once was and for a lot of folks it's gonna be first come first served. How much pie will your favorite team walk away with this silly season? And will get left out in the cold?
The Monday wants to know which pro teams you think won't make it to the beginning of next season. All the pro teams that competed in NPPL Vegas and PSP World Cup will be listed. You may pick as many teams from that list as you choose. Just remember, you are picking teams you don't think will survive this off season. Vote early, vote often. Get a head start on tomorrow's election with a vote that really counts.