You won't see the offer below on the official MS website or their Facebook page. It is aimed at the CPL teams and in essence offers them an unfair competitive advantage going into the first event (the Hillbilly Riviera Cup at Puget-sur-Argens). It's free to play and teams can bring their own paint or buy on site at a discount. A media tower for filming is available and practices will have referees on the sidelines, etc. Along with an opportunity to play the event layout prior to its official release date and practice the new 360 M. And did I say it was free? So what's the catch?
"CPL TRAINING WEEKEND & FIELD LAYOUT SELECTION
Due to the late season kick off this year we are pleased to offer all CPL teams a free training weekend in Frankfurt on March 23rd and 24th 2013.
Not only will you be able to practice against Europe's best teams but you will also have an opportunity to test the final layout for the First Millennium event.
With the changes to the central bunker, we have many exciting new layouts that are a game changer. To ensure we start the season with truly world class competition we would very much value input from as many of Europe's top teams as possible. The official layout for Puget will only be announced after this training weekend.
For the practice you can bring your own paint, or buy on site at a very cost effective price. Accommodation will also be available at a very low cost. The field to be used will be Germany’s number One tournament site in Solms, home to the DPL Bundesliga: http://www.paintball-solms.de/de/felder/rundgang.html
The field in Solms offers pit boxes for the teams, Millennium Series high quality scoreboards and referees, media tower to take video footage, all at your disposal for free."
Well, it just happens the Millennium kids suddenly scheduled it to be the same weekend as the first CPS event of the season. Did you read Major League Preseason? Among other things it highlighted the fact that the fledgling CPS appeared to have a strong commitment from legit pro teams (mostly European) this year for their 4 event series and that the EPBF, far from representing the ideals behind the sports federation concept, was being used to limit the potential popularity of the CPS. Now the MS is providing free play that delivers an unfair competitive advantage to any CPL team that goes to Germany instead of participating in the CPS.
This is the same MS that charges 200 Euros an hour per team to play the event fields in advance. The same MS that is charging CPL teams 2000 Euros plus VAT per event for Race To 5--the same format offered by the CPS for 450 Euros--and the same MS that has premium priced the rolling bungalows at Oasis Village for the Hillbilly Riviera Cup. (Check prices directly with Oasis Village and ask yourself how much of the difference is a kickback to the MS.)
If it wasn't plain enough already the EPBF is simply another tool to control paintball except this time on an international scale and that those who have placed themselves in power have corrupted the purpose of the federation from day 1. (And I don't say that lightly as I have, in the past, defended the concept and given the current leadership the benefit of the doubt.) It should also be plain to see that the MS is frightened of the potential of the CPS. Now I've never attended a CPS event and can't vouch in any way for the quality of their events but they are offering the same format from a quarter to a third of the cost of a Millennium event in places like Venice, Paris and Milan and even if they're no better than an MS event that makes them a vastly better value. (This should also give our friends in Asia pause to reconsider their apparent whole-hearted acceptance of the federations idea at least as it's being implemented to date lest y'all be tainted by the association.)
And finally, the last thing that ought to be plain is that if the CPL teams had any brains or balls they wouldn't allow themselves to be "bought" for a free weekend of paintball. It should be very clear that the MS is trying to protect its status in Europe and that the CPL teams represent that status. Here is an opportunity to bargain with the MS with some real leverage--but of course that won't happen. And if you're a divisional team what does the MS offer you that the CPS doesn't besides higher prices and their disdain.