Everyone has probably seen the absolute **** storm that has gone off with regards to Damian's post on Facebook about certain major companies in the balling world, and how Gino of Valken, very professionally Fired him with a 10 word comment on his post. My feelings on this are very strongly sided with Damian, Just wondering what everyone's 10 pence worth is? But for those who haven't read his post, this is what got him fired... --------------------------------- "Let’s make a few things clear before we go down this next talking point. 1. I do not have any desire, care or need to see NXL’s “books”. They are a business and I fully respect their drive to make as much profit as possible. I hope they make millions. 2. These are completely MY personal views, opinions and thoughts. 3. This is intended to be a controversial topic, but that does not mean we have to turn it into a **** show. Hopefully both sides of the coin can have real conversation and start looking towards the future. THAT being said I’m fully aware it could go a different direction. 3.1 Come proper. If you come into this conversation throwing fire around be fully prepared for the flame thrower to come right back at you. I think we all “think” we’re fully loaded but I am fully prepared to fight fire with fire and see where it ends up but again I hope we don’t have to . ( Nick Slowiak, please note my ****s given meter is actually negative right now so if we choose to go down that slippery path I’ve got my ice skates on and you being the great ambassador you are, you represent a lot more than just myself and my little opinions <3.) 4. Please keep other stats, big buzz words and any bull**** that doesn’t actually have some weight to it to yourself. Not needed here. Last weeks post took an unexpected turn, but it seems to me the people are ready to have real **** talked about so here we go. NXL has made their stance and point proven that they are not here to grow paintball. That I fully respect, it’s their business and their choice. Not the path I would have personally taken but again to each his own. The NXL is here to provide us (the players) a platform to play at the highest level. THIS*** is my issue, if your ONLY job is to provide a “professional league” a “high level platform” you’ve done a sub par job. Yes you provide us a location…. And then? What comes after and then? Look at ANY OTHER sport in the world. IF ANY sport had a “pro” division play on the types of terrain, or surface, or had a “scoreboard” malfunction EVERY event. Had the webcast go down and delay just about EVERY event. Anyone ever walked through the divisional fields? I’ve seen scoreboards that have been broken for years it seems like. The list could go on and on, but I’m sure someone will hit each of those specifics for me. In my opinion you are failing at providing a high quality platform or even a decent one at that. Bringing us to the main point of this conversation. IF you are going to choose not to “Grow Paintball”, I would recommend not building a business model that is dependent on the “newer” teams and lower divisional teams. Let’s look at the IMPORTANT statistics. This is a comparison between Vegas 2018, and paid teams as of today 2019. ( YES this may change due to teams still singing up late, but I’m sure Chris Raehl can rattle of some % of teams that sign up after the first entry deadline but won’t because it’s counter productive to their agenda. Team Count 2018 2019 (as of today) D2X- 31 20 D3X- 36 15 D4X- 17 13 D3-5 Man-15 5 D4-5 Man-16 12 D5-5 Man- 9 4 Hopefully you can do the math yourself, but regardless of “highest team count in years” the facts don’t lie. This should be a beyond alarming trend to someone who’s become reliant on these teams for the business to in lesser words to , “barely break even after paying salaries”. I’m not sure where this is going to lead the rowdy group who’ has pitch forks and torches ready, but hopefully it can create some sort of dialogue and change the status quo because I fear if things keep being ignored it’s only going to get worse. My advice for now would to be 1. Start listening to your customer base a bit more. (no I am not referring to myself. . 2. Try re-investing a small % back into your business Just so we have some sort of direction…. What do YOU think are some contributing factors to the steady decline of the lower divisional teams at NXL events? Sound off below. #plums"