Thursday, December 18, 2008


So the day has come. Actual legal filings have been posted on line at that show who Shawn Walker really is. I knew I was going to take some heat for publicly calling Shawn Walker a thief without having any tangible evidence at first, but I also knew that regardless of if there ever actually was any proof available that people would accept, that I had to let people know the truth about what he had done so that he wouldn't be able to do it again. Of course, in true Walker fashion, he has already begun spinning a new web of lies in a few interviews and even in a written statement of his own on It seems just when you think you have finally shed light on the matter, his magical smoke screen appears and it lays a fog over his otherwise transparent character. It baffles the mind at how someone who possesses such an uncanny ability to get people to believe in and follow him, would continually use it in such an unethical way. It's not like this is his first bull-shit ride in the screw you rodeo, it's just the first time he was publicly caught. He has a track record of screwing people over, but that uncanny ability he has, always sprung into action and somehow managed to cover everything up in the past. He is like a hybrid, idiot savant. I shouldn't say that, it actually takes a bit of quick thinking and memory retention to be able to tell such intriguing and believable lies.

Unfortunately and fortunately, too much emphasis has been put on the money Shawn stole. I pressed that issue at first so that people would know his true character, I was not trying say that, that was the only reason PP filed chapter 7. There was obviously many mistakes made along the way that caused that company to fail. It wasn't just the thieving that put the squeeze on the company. People NEED to realize that, but they also need to understand that it was ALL Shawn's fault in the end. Shawn blew tons of money on bad decisions and his ego during his time there. We are easily talking hundreds of thousands of dollars. People also need to realize that Pacific Paintball was in COMPLETE control of Shawn Walker (up until the last few months when Scott came in). That means that no matter how much you don't want to believe that one person could be responsible for the collapse of a multi million dollar backed company.......he can be. Shawn did the hiring, he set the salaries, he approved the spending on anything related to the events, he chose the venues, he set the budgets, he worked the sponsor contracts, he worked the hotel contracts etc. He oversaw or personally did everything himself. He honestly and literally had to answer to NO ONE. Now if you want to blame other people, then sure, you can. You can blame Bruce for not seeing who Shawn was in the beginning. You could blame him for giving Shawn complete control of his company. You can blame him for not checking up on Shawn with the finances. You can blame him for not listening at first to the people who came to him and told him that Shawn was up to no good and mishandling his company. You can blame the employees for not speaking up sooner. You can blame the few that helped cover up his actions in the beginning. You can blame the investors for not coming back for the next year. You can blame the economy for making it hard to find new investors to back the company when it was in need of a bailout. You can push the blame all over the place, but no matter how hard you try, it still all comes back to Shawn. Shawn duped Bruce. Shawn used the total control of the company to feed his ego and use it to his advantage. Shawn lied to Bruce and kept him thinking that all the spending was normal and everything was fine, which kept Bruce at bay and believing that Shawn was still the right guy for the job. Shawn hired the people who kept their mouth shut about what he was doing and strong armed the ones that seemed like threats, by firing others and or threatening to fire them. Shawn stole and mismanaged funds in such a way that investors no longer were comfortable putting money into a sinking ship. The only thing that can't be blamed on Shawn is the state of the economy.

Besides some of the smaller things like always getting the largest fully loaded SUV rental car during events, while Scott the CEO, would drive in economy compacts, or always having to have a suite during events instead of sleeping in a less expensive room like the rest of the staff and company executives did. (just to be fair, SOME were given to him by the hotels because the league was getting so many rooms, but that wasn't always the case), Shawn would take the staff out on extravagant outings and blow thousands of dollars at each of them. I went to one. It was a laser tag outing for the staff. The company paid for the games, the food, the drinks, everything. That bill was over $2,000. In Huntington Beach, he took out some of the staff to an upscale hotel restaurant where they ordered all the most expensive food. Everything from lobster, to steak and fancy deserts. The bill was over $3,000. Shawn constantly blew money like it was growing on trees. Up until about the middle of this year, Shawn was responsible for all the petty cash at events, both the XPSL (approx. $5,000 - $7,500) and the NPPL (approx. $10,000). That money was for the store register, registration, per diems, cash for supplies like Kinkos, Home Depot, etc. and every event when the money was reconciled at the end of the event, nothing added up when he was in charge of the money. Money was always missing. After Bruce and Scott took away the money from him and put my girlfriend Ashley in charge of it, everything besides a few mis-entered register inputs here and there, in the store, was accounted for down to mere pennies every event from then on.

One event last year, Shawn ordered around 20 extra portable tower lights after his event manager told him not to (an event manager he later fired due to "incompetence"). At $100 (average rental price) a day for approx. four days, that's $8,000 dollars wasted. I say wasted, because those extra lights never made it out of the bone-yard, where all the equipment is stored on site during events. Hotel contracts were done by Shawn in the beginning. (the league would enter contracts with hotels for discount rates for its staff and for players/teams with the understanding that the league was responsible to fill up a certain number of rooms, and if not, the league would have to pay a certain fee or penalty i.e, an attrition clause) Shawn signed a bad contract one time and when rooms didn't fill up, it ended up costing the company $40,000 in attrition contract penalties.

As for this recent web of lies he has told concerning how his personal money was tied up along with company money in the form of credit cards, lets look at some small and mostly insignificant things first before we look into the reality of that statement. First, for a guy who said over the PA system at Huntington beach the first year he took over, that this was going to be a new start for the league, one where the president (him) wasn't going to be paying himself six figures and driving around in fancy cars like he was insinuating was done in the past, he sure does have a lot of free money floating around to cover so much of the companies expenses. (Edit: and how good is his credit and how high was his pay to be able to even put $200k on a CREDIT CARD?) Oh, and don't go getting all freaky about how he got paid for the XPSL so that must be where his money came from. When he and Bruce worked out the deal for the league, Shawn had outstanding debts that needed to be paid, and in fact, Bruce paid off those debts and wanted Shawn to pay it back to him. It was never paid back. So Shawn never actually got a large sum of money for the buyout/merger of his XPSL and the NPPL. Which is maybe where some of that money went. Maybe Shawn felt he should have been paid for his league, so he just took what he felt he was owed from PP. He did that when he worked for Paintball Junkies and Mr. Paintball.

Also, again these are small and mainly insignificant but still interesting things to consider. Let's say we buy his story of the intertwining of his money with the companies. How do you explain the unauthorized company checks he wrote to his church, or to himself. He wrote an unauthorized company check for the turf in his back yard, which was brought up to him the day he was fired. His answer to the question, "What is this check for Shawn", was. "Oh, it looks like the company paid for my turf". What about that unauthorized, company paid for, compressor gift for his friends field. What about the many sponsor given products (given to PACIFIC PAINTBALL, not Shawn) that constantly came up short. 18 guns donated and sent to Shawn would turn out to be only 10 given. Happened numerous times.

Now lets actually get into these credit card claims. First of all, he was told NOT to use his personal card for anything the company needed, several times. He was told to use the COMPANY CARD which his name was on. He claims, "how can you over reimburse yourself for things that have to be approved?" Well, that's easy when you are the one in control of the petty cash at events and you use your card to purchase things, then pay yourself back with cash from the petty cash, and THEN turn in your expense receipts to the accountant to be RE-reimbursed. Why do you think the petty cash never could be properly reconciled at the end of events when he was in control of it. After that responsibility was taken away from him and given to Ashley, the receipts ALWAYS added up at the end of events.

Shawn Walker is solely responsible for the demise of Pacific Paintball. He is a liar, a thief, a manipulator, and a power hungry egomaniac. The fact that he went out and found this golden egg (Bruce and Co.) to invest in paintball, only to completely and single handedly fail at every attempt of making positive progress is nothing short of pure greed and stupidity. I have said this time and time again. He never intended to make positive changes. When Shawn took over the NPPL/Pacific Paintball (PP), he went out and hired a whole staff of people to work specific areas of the league. He hired someone to take over registration, someone to look for league sponsors, someone to take care of vendors at events, and so on. All of these new people came from his church, and none of them had any experience, not only in paintball, but in the actual position/area in which they would be working. Now I'm not saying that those people are bad, or even that they did a bad job, because this article isn't about's about Shawn. So if you've just been given pretty much the most influential power position in paintball, and you were backed with "all the money in the world" to run it, wouldn't it make complete sense to go out and find the industries best people to get on board to make that company the best it could be. Of course that would make sense.....IF, you actually were as strong of a leader as you sold yourself to be. You see, if Shawn went out and hired the industries best, or even just the best he could get for the money he was offering, then not only would he be exposed as the complete fumbling idiot that he is, but he wouldn't be able to stay in control of the power seat which allowed him to take financial advantage of being the president. By having people from his church, with no paintball experience or industry connections other than himself, no one would question his moves. No one would challenge his "authority", and that's exactly what he wanted. They wouldn't know any better. He never wanted to actually staff the most qualified, he wanted to staff the most likely to do what he said. Trust me, it is that simple.
Myself, Matty Marshall, Chris Corcino and many, many, many others all went to Shawn at one time or another after personally being asked to meet with him to go over certain areas of the league that were in need of help. I met with him about the reffing issues after what happened in Kansas City, Matt met with him about the web cast and media in general, and Chris met with him about overall branding and marketing strategies. All of us at the time had no idea that the others had met with him. Being friends and playing and working in the same industry, obviously, we eventually talked and got on the subject of the industry and what was going on in it. After talking we all figured out that one another had talked with Shawn and everyone of us had been treated exactly the same and all received pretty much the same outcome. We had all been told after meeting with him, to write up something formal about our idea and submit it to him and he would look it over and contact us. We all did so, and Chris and I were both left hanging without a response for over a month. After eventually getting back to us and telling us that there was no need for any of our ideas, and that financially the company was in no position to implement any of them, he then went out and worked those same ideas with other people and somehow miraculously found the money to fund those ideas. What are the chances that he would do that three times, that WE knew of, without it just being his MO. Shawn doesn't like being told that his ideas are no good, or that they are flawed. He also doesn't like having people around him that are out spoken and intelligent. Those are threats to him. Now if you want to try and say, well maybe he just didn't think you were good enough to do the job you had the ideas for, then I would say.......Ok, fine, I will accept that maybe he thought I had absolutely no business working the reffing problem, but why pass up Matty. Not only did he NEVER get back to Matty, but he completely ignored him at events when they crossed paths, and just blew him off through emails. Matty is the same guy who just did the PSP web cast with Patrick from Monkey With a Gun. I think we can all agree that their web cast was absolutely the best web cast ever produced for paintball. The real reason Shawn didn't want to work with us is because all three of us are strongwilled, outspoken people who he knew wouldn't just go along with all his ridiculousness. He couldn't control us.

I don't want people to think this is just a bash on Shawn Walker blog, or that I have a personal grudge with him because my girlfriend Ashely (and many others) is now out of a job because of him. There is so much more to all of this. Read my earlier postings and you will see that I have a goal in all of this and it's to help get this paintball train back on track. I have a problem with ALL of the things that are hurting this industry, not just with Shawn Walker. But there is one important thing about all of this Shawn Walker business that needs to paid close attention to. It's the very thing that has lead us all here to this place we are, in paintball. If we continue to let people control our sport who obviously don't have our best interest in mind, then we are all going to be stuck here with the same puppeteers pulling our strings. Shawn loves to talk about how people should be part of the solution and not the problem. Well people like him are the problem and anyone who doesn't see that or chooses not to, can never be a part of the solution. Shawn Walker and people like him are cancers to paintball, and they should be removed. The reason I am so animate about all of this is because not only did he absolutely, unequivocally, single handedly ruin one of the staples of this industry in the NPPL and set us all back, but he is now moving on, telling more lies and trying to brainwash more people into thinking he is a good guy and that all these people are just liars who are looking for a scapegoat. What is more believable? The word of someone who has stolen from a league, stolen from the teams, and stolen from the paintball world in general, or the words of the many people who have nothing to gain from telling the truth about a person who has ruined so many lives. You can't honestly think, all these people, including myself, are so petty as to take it upon ourselves and risk our own good names, just to pass the blame on to an "undeserving, good person". If we are EVER to move forward and create an industry that is what we all want it to be, we CAN NOT let people like this just walk away from a burning building, free from any responsibility for lighting the fire.

Do not support Shawn, and do not support the RPL. Don't become lazy and just give into the league because it is in operation and somewhere to play. There are plenty of other options already, and more on the way. None of you have a right to bitch about how bad things are if your just going to continue to feed into all the problems.

Saturday, December 6, 2008


USA Football takes on the world

Jeff Fedotin
Special to Rivals High
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Scrambling between English classes, Chuck Kyle scurried to his office this past May and heard an out-of-the-blue voice mail from USA Football. The words "Junior World Championship" piqued the St. Ignatius (Cleveland) High teacher and football coach's interest.

"Whoa, they're gonna do this in football?" Kyle said. "I'm also a track coach, and when you say 'Junior World Championships' in track and field, that's huge."

Shawn Wood/Studio 7
Scott Hallenbeck and Chuck Kyle are excited for the chance to play an international championship in football
Following an Olympic model, a U.S. team of just-graduated high school seniors will compete in the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) Junior World Championship, a football tournament represented by eight countries from four continents. Kyle will serve as the inaugural U.S. coach, and Fawcett Stadium, adjacent to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, will host the groundbreaking games from June 27-July 5, 2009.

"The Junior World Championship will stand among the most significant international and possibly domestic events in football's history," said Scott Hallenbeck, executive director of USA Football.

This new event will include teams from the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and Sweden. A Jan. 24 game between New Zealand and Australia will decide the Oceania participant; games between Bahamas and Panama on Jan. 24 and the Bahamas/Panama winner and Mexico on Feb. 14 will determine the final entry.

Guiding the historic U.S. team will be Kyle, who has led St. Ignatius to an Ohio-best ten Division I state titles. He was picked because of his coaching success, leadership and close proximity to Canton.

Kyle and members of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) helped choose the rest of the coaching staff, which features some of the country's most prominent head coaches: Steve Specht (Cincinnati St. Xavier) as defensive coordinator, Gary Swenson (West Des Moines [Iowa] Valley) as offensive coordinator, Tom Bainter (Bothell [Wash.]) as running backs coach, Marcus Boyles (Wayne County [Miss.]) as wide receivers coach, Ed Croson (Lake Balboa [Calif.] Birmingham) as offensive line coach, Frank Lenti (Chicago Mount Carmel) as offensive line coach, Jeremy Gold (Ann Arbor [Mich.] Pioneer) as defensive line coach, Chris Merritt (Miami Christopher Columbus) as defensive backs coach and Allen Wilson (Dallas Carter) as linebackers coach.

"When I started hearing the résumés and seeing the résumés of the other coaches," Merritt said, "I was kind of floored."

The staff will select a 45-man roster from nominations made by each state's high school athletic association and expects to finalize the squad in the spring. Playing for the national team will not count against participation in high school all-star games. But because many colleges want their prized recruits attending summer school and immersed in summer workouts, the U.S. team likely will not land the elite five-star recruits.

"To sit here and think that we're going to get the 45, 46 best players in America," Kyle said, "I don't think we're going to do that."

The national team coaches, though, hope patriotism and the opportunity to compete in this landmark international event will spark interest among the country's 2009 graduating class.

Kyle will push those themes at January's AFCA convention in Nashville, Tenn. There he will encourage college coaches to allow their incoming freshmen to participate, and his nine-man staff will begin analyzing prospective players.

The genesis for this first international, junior-aged football tournament occurred two years ago as the NFL Players Association asked USA Football and the IFAF to come up with ways to expand the game of football globally. To generate interest they wanted to target a younger demographic on a grassroots level, and the Junior World Championship should spur countries to develop football training programs.

The Junior World Championship will stand among the most significant international and possibly domestic events in football's history.
— Scott Hallenbeck, executive director of USA Football.
"This is the first step in a five-, 10- or maybe even 15-year process of growing this game," said Hallenbeck, who previously aided the operational logistics for the U.S. Olympic Committee. "So eventually football's on par with baseball, basketball and those other sports."

With football a staple of American culture, the Junior World Championship may conjure up thoughts of Dream Team I pounding Angola during Olympic basketball competition in 1992. Consider, however, the 2009 junior team's precursor, USA Football's 2007 senior national football team. Featuring college players from powerhouses like Michigan and Virginia Tech and smaller NAIA schools and with John Mackovic as coach, it eked out a 23-20, double-overtime victory against Japan in the gold medal game at Kawasaki, Japan.

"I was sweating bullets," Hallenbeck said. "How am I going to go back to my country with the first-ever senior national team, and we potentially lose?"

Despite that close call, football remains a second-tier sport overseas, well behind futbol (soccer). The pigskin version, though, is growing rapidly. Canada, Mexico and Japan field strong teams, and each, especially No. 1-ranked Canada, would present a challenge to the U.S.

The U.S. junior national team's defensive backs coach is familiar with the level of international talent, having played or coached in Sweden and Germany from 1994 to 2000. Merritt also won a Euro Bowl championship as head coach of the Hamburg Blue Devils and still maintains European contacts. He relishes the chance to represent his country.

"I'm battling all these fronts with people that I know," Merritt said. "Now I get to be on the American side and — heck yeah — I'm excited."

Monday, December 1, 2008


After ten years of working for the NPPL, it is with a heavy heart that I contact you today regarding the future of the league and all of Pacific Paintball.

Pacific Paintball and its subsidiaries will be filing proceedings under the United States Bankruptcy Code to effect a liquidation of their respective assets and business operations. The affairs and assets of Pacific Paintball LLC, NPPL LLC, XPSL LLC, PB2X LLC, Xtreme Paintball Fields LLC and Camp Pendleton Paintball LLC will be administered by a court appointed trustee in bankruptcy. The bankruptcy court will provide you with written instructions regarding how and where to file any claims in this matter.

Despite doing all we could do, we were unable to make the business a viable concern. Further, in this severe economic climate, we were unable to secure new funding. It is a truly regrettable outcome, though one which is unfortunately occurring more and more frequently in this environment. We thank all those who have supported us.

All the best,
Camille Lemanski

Read the back blogs of the rant! But no, the industry does not want to address publicly because death needs to be evident so the strong (or the quiet) survives. See, even in times of trials, this industry will not act to save itself. Get mad people! They will eat its own young!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

WE ARE BEING WARNED! We may lose our youth!

Just when we think that there are simple solutions to improve the paintball sport as a sport. And now we also know that we need to get the new kids out from playing with their Xbox games (the real threat to why lose in paintball revenue). We now face a campaign from the NFL that will help the youth to get back on their chubby feet and play-FOOSEBALL! (Waterboy)
If I was industry, I would certainly think that this is the opportunity to claim the youth in more paintball participation because it is good for them, correct? We should enforce more publicity on the greatness of paintball participation. Its sport, and its comrade-re. Maybe this will effect more properties to be used as fields like recreation facilities. Maybe the public including other sport industries will see paintball in a more lucrative light (This is the true fear of the paintball heavies to have companies like Nike or Oakley show up!)
• Paintball teaches respect – You will learn respect for field officials and other players.

• Paintball is a good source of stress relief and exercise – Everyone has stress, that is one of the main reasons I took up this sport. Paintball gives you an outlet and shows you a way to relieve it in a way that you get some exercise at the same time.
• Paintball teaches teamwork – learn to play with others as a group

• Paintball at the same time teaches you to work as an individual – many times we get stuck on our own and have to work through it.

• Paintball teaches decision making skills – you have to learn to think quickly on the spot or you’ll be tagged before your opponent.

• Paintball teaches sportsmanship – Most paintball players dislike a bad sport. Cheaters are quickly ostracized by there peers and you will see first hand the consequences of being a cheater or bad sport.

• Friendship – I left this until last because I think this is the biggest point I wanted stuck in your head’s. This is what I love most about the sport. Paintball is one of the few sports where you can get along with anyone regardless of age. I am 32 and I get along with the 15 year olds as well and respect them the same as anyone else on the field. If a 15 year old bunkers me I compliment him afterwards as most of them will to me is the role is reversed.

U.S. Department Of Health And Human Services And Ad Council Join NFL To Combat Childhood Obesity
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Ad Council and the National Football League (NFL) will join to launch a new series of national public service advertisements (PSAs) designed to combat childhood obesity by encouraging physical activity among children. The new ads, which feature NFL players Reggie Bush (New Orleans Saints), Antonio Gates (San Diego Chargers) and Jason Witten (Dallas Cowboys), urge families to "get up and play an hour a day." The PSAs will be unveiled this morning during the NFL's United Way Hometown Huddle Event in New Orleans,part of the NFL's national day of service. The ads will also air during NFL games throughout the football season.

"A healthy amount of physical activity can be fun, and kids can do it with games -- on the playing field or in other ways,'' said Acting Surgeon General RADM Steven Galson, M.D., M.P.H. "Seeing some of America's elite athletes promoting these good health habits could encourage American kids and families to be active, too.''

The "Be a Player" multimedia ad campaign, which encourages children to "get up and play an hour a day" is an extension of HHS' Obesity Prevention campaign that launched in 2004 and the Ad Council's Coalition for Healthy Children initiative. The campaign message is also an important part of the NFL's "Play 60" youth health and fitness initiative, a multi-year campaign which launches today to encourage youth to achieve 60 minutes of activity a day. The PSAs are available in both English and Spanish and were created pro bono by the NFL and Curious Pictures.

The PSAs are being distributed to media outlets nationwide this week. Per the Ad Council's model, all of the new ads will air and run in advertising time and space donated by the media. To start, the PSAs will appear throughout NFL games beginning in the middle of October. Additional media outlets, including USA Today and Sports Illustrated have committed to support the campaign during the next few months.

The new PSAs aim to reach children ages 6-13 to communicate the message that physical activity is fun and easy, and that you don't need to be an athlete or join organized sports to stay healthy. In addition to the NFL players, the ads introduce new animated NFL characters, Mike "Good Manners" McMannis (a referee who flags kids for "lazy penalties") and Wanda (a superhero-like cheerleader), who join the players in urging children to "get up and play an hour a day." The characters will be featured in upcoming NFL youth fitness initiatives throughout the season.

The new PSAs encourage youth to visit and for fun and interactive experiences to get healthy and be active. Both sites include information to keep kids fit, including NFL player blogs, games, wallpapers, and activities.

In addition to the new NFL spots, Ad Council continues to promote the "Be a Player" physical activity message, along with communications focused on portion control and energy balance, through its Coalition for Healthy Children. The coalition harnesses the combined strengths of major marketers, media, non-profit and government partners to combat childhood obesity through the dissemination of consistent, research-based messages to parents and children. This unique collaboration utilizes a national research study to evaluate progress and determine the effects of Coalition members' initiatives.

For more information about the Childhood Obesity Prevention campaign, and to learn how adults and children can lead a healthier lifestyle, log on to

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


The PSP industry heavies are meeting next week do discuss the future of paintball and the future of the league. A possible merger with the NPPL may be in the discussions at that time. However, this could be just another rumor that has plagued the misinformed after the end of both leagues season. If the possible merger was to come into affect, one league would either have to bow out of its format or both leagues would have to recognize both formats and work as one. PSP partners have claimed heavy stakes in the XBall format that they have argued is the most effective to way justify winners and losers in one paintball game. (Ironmen and Philly can claim this format) As far as the NPPL format-Any given Sunday, can a team make it to the top. (Dynasty has been most dominant in)

As far as the quality of each league:

PSP- most competitive, most owned by industry, most political. More player appeal
NPPL- Great promotion, has TV in their pockets, promoter owned, more public appeal.
Cons- loop-hole game format and suspect "family teams" as real organized sports teams

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


Activision Publishing Redefines Competitive First Person Action With the Release of NPPL Championship Paintball 2009

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov 25, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ --
At last, a true next-generation paintball experience is unleashed! Activision Publishing, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) announced today that the official NPPL (National Professional Paintball League) Championship Paintball 2009 videogame is available now for the Xbox 360(R) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION(R)3 and PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment systems, and Nintendo Wii(TM).
"NPPL Championship Paintball 2009 is the fantastic end result of a close collaboration between the NPPL, Activision, and top professional paintball players," said Scott Pierce, NPPL CEO. "No paintball game has ever been this real - it masterfully captures the competitive intensity that makes paintball one of the most popular extreme sports in the world."
Paintball is an extraordinarily deep sport that requires teamwork, strategy, and precision, something the game accurately represents. NPPL Championship Paintball 2009 features multiple game modes (including woodsball-based gameplay), officially licensed gear, and authentic tournament locations and field layouts from the NPPL, the Millennium European Paintball Series, and the XPSL. Players can perfect their skills as they progress from a rookie to pro in career mode and take on the best paintball teams in the world, or get online for an adrenaline rush of cutthroat multiplayer action. With deep design contributions from the NPPL, San Diego Dynasty and Bob Long, motion-captured player movements, and cutting edge ballistics, the level of detail and realism in this game is unmatched.
"NPPL Championship Paintball 2009 is a blast for both paintball fanatics and first person action fans looking for something fresh," said Dave Oxford, Activision Publishing. "We're ecstatic to redefine the paintball experience in videogames."
NPPL Championship Paintball 2009 has a rating of "E 10+" for Ages 10 and up by the ESRB. It is available now for a suggested retail prices of $49.99 for Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION(R)3 computer entertainment system, $39.99 for Wii(TM), and $29.99 for PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system.
More information is available at
About NPPL
The National Professional Paintball League (NPPL) is the #1 paintball tournament series and trade show in the United States and the preferred choice of players, teams, sponsors and spectators. Its five premier tournaments each year include the top national paintball event in the country held on the beach at Huntington Beach, California as well as at four NFL stadiums around the country.

Monday, November 24, 2008


This past weekend we were invited to attend Quincey and Stephanies wedding in Pasadena CA. Hundreds were there to celebrate their union. Among them, most of Dynasty and close paintball friends who we are called 2nd family.
Arnold Fransisco of Infamous was the best man. "Q" and Arnold have been friends and teammates since before Oakland Assassins. Among the groomsmen were Todd Martinez and Tyler "the Machine" Michaud.
Among the friends were, Yosh Rau, Angel Fragoza, Opie, Ryan, "SK", Nicky Cuba, Injun John, Brad, BC Jingles (Stoned Assassins), "little" John Marques and Chris Corcino formerly Hybrid and now Modefyd Sports and Contract Killer Clothing.
All were reluctant to talk about the future of the team, and the future of paintball. However, this did not stop the overall mood of comrade-re and all night toasts and laughter among friends.
Arnold Franssico, who has played on Las Vegas LTZ spoke briefly about playing with the new formed team and said that it has definitely made him aware of his skill as a paintball player. He believes that he will train harder as an athlete to be the best he can in such a short lived sport.
Brian "BC" Cole once a dominant player on Dynasty 7-man and X-ball squad talked briefly on his retirement and looking toward the future. Now into real-estate, the odd awareness of growing up is now very clear. Paintball in the days of old gave us the curse of never growing up and a gift of staying free and living the dream on a field of competition and childlike comrade-re. On the rare, only when leaving, do you see the light of growing up.
Don's slit your wrist just yet. The future while dim, is now getting interesting.
Quincey wedding
Quincey wedding
Quincey wedding

Friday, November 21, 2008

Doppler Radar Report.

The storm is coming.....the Blackberry Storm that is. This gets paintbally, keep reading. There was a contest on one of the phone companies supporting blog sites, that gave away free Storm phones to people who did crazy things for a chance to win. It was called "What would you do for a Blackberry Storm". There was a paintball entry that won. Although nothing new to any of us, some kid let his friends shoot him a hundred times while wearing nothing more than slider shorts and a mask.(link in blog title) Congrats buddy. I just want to know one thing, where is MY free phone? Actually, everyone who has ever played against Ron "bonus ball" Kilbourne deserves one ......... Sorry Ron, I had too. =)

Just what the doctor ordered!

It was either that title or "Wouldn't you like to be a pepper too". The pepper one just didn't seem tempting enough to lure unsuspecting readers. Ok, so this isn't related to the paintball industry, but since paintballers love anything free, it kind of is. So the people over at Dr. Pepper made a promise a while back that if Guns N Roses' came out with their album "Chinese Democracy" in 2008, which I guess has been in the recording process since 1994, that they would give everyone in America a free Dr. Pepper. Well, that album goes on sale Sunday, so Dr. Pepper is going to keep their word. All you have to do is visit their web site (link from this blog title) and get yourself a coupon. They are honoring these coupons until Feb. 28th.

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Shawn Walker, Texas Outlaw?

Well it seems that Mr. Walker will be starting up a five man league next year to compete with the XPSL (or at least he is currently trying to). I'm assuming he didn't have a non compete clause in his contract with Pacific Paintball, or more likely, in typical Walker fashion he is just too arrogant to care about it, thinking that he can just do as he pleases. He acted that way at Pacific Paintball while there. Pacific Paintball will "most likely" be pressing charges against Shawn for criminal actions he committed while at PP. Stealing money from the company? Well at least that's what the new CEO Scott said over the mic at the Spyder Cup awards ceremony after someone mentioned Shawn's name. WOW! Talk about biting the hand that feeds you. How arrogant do you have to be to ruin a golden opportunity like that? Let me just go on record as saying..... "I HAVE BEEN SCREAMING THAT THIS GUY SUCKS SINCE DAY ONE!!!!" And everyone thought I was crazy and that Shawn was doing his best. Being right feels soooo good.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008





Plastic, Plastic, Plastic. What a hater. Yes I'm still here a$%hole, and yes I will see you and when I do, you too will be remembered.
I decided to put on a little booth with my good friend Todd Martinez and Mike Breto from SD Pevs and Razalife. Along side of me is Brandon Lambertson formerly of Infamous and Ironmen. We are all here trying to support the paintball cause and hope to reach a few of the fans to remember what it was like to have real paintball venues, industry and wealth.
This weekend marked the finals in the NPPL season which looked pretty promising knowing the at the PSP had a great show (if anyone had watched it) and was making an attempt to provide public media exposure of our ever-changing sport to the general public. Sad to say, it was the same ol' same ol'
Ironically we are posted close to Dye and it was a bittersweet feeling that I too had such a booth like theres' at one point in time and now sharing a 20 by 10 booth with great friends. The sweet part was the friend and the stories. Beer, while illegal, helped also in the process in getting through the days ahead.
Weather helped and not helped as the humidity was hard to find and the sun beats down like we were in Crematoria. The Kerns booth next to us had cool drinks and bettys, while we sat in across the bottom field and tried to watch games and sell clothes at the same time.
I was telling passer-buyers, and old friends that we decided to show up in SD since it was close and we figured the public was wanting to know the future of our company in paintball.
"What future is in paintball? or what will be my future in paintball?" That was pretty much my first response to the many that asked that question.
The real question is what is the real future of paintball because if there was one, of course, we would be the quickest to get back in and do what we do. There must be reasons to go back into paintball and one primary one would be the monetary one. Well guess what, no one is making money. #2 The political forces are quieting down and there will be changes. Nope. #3 There is a demand for someone like me to back into paintball. Nope. It seems like that everyone now looks like a derivative of me anyway, funny to say. The new guns, loaders and clothing should be selling right? Wrong.
People forget we are selling to the same people the same stuff year after year. The player that has about 5 jerseys and pants, 3 markers and 8 goggle systems. Now we are trying to sell new "updated" versions of the past in hopes that the buyers "just by."
I walked down the alleys and get stopped and approached every 15 minutes. Yeah, that first day I can say did not get far. As I walked, I saw slashed prices left and right and thought this was like candy in a candy store to me. Then i stopped, hmmm, "there is nothing i really need right now." So, who is all this stuff for? People like me? Or the new blood, the new buyer? If it was me, I would have blasted a NPPL sales flier to the masses for Christmas when i see prices this low. Maybe more of the public would have come in and bought except the worms that try to swindle the sellers for cheaper shit.
We were absolutely busy all weekend and took some time off when we could to watch games, eat and talk pb trash.
Sunday finally comes and we sell, close shop early and watch finals for the first time at the VIP booth. Here we see guys like Nicky Cuba, Maximus, Marcus and a HK goon who calls himself "Bang Anus." This guy eventually got into a fight and got himself kicked out. The place was packed with players and loose women, tourney girl friends and family. So I put myself in a quieter place and wanted to watch some good games and the first game I see is Vicious vs. (I don't know) by this time and beer number 4, I'm getting faded and feeling good.
I attempt to watch and try to listen to the commentators work their magic as they help us follow the match. Unfortunately it was muffled by sounds of generators for the flood lights.
I pan out to see the other side of the field and saw "the other crowd."
This crowd that filled up about 50% of 8 flights of stands or should i say "grand stands." These are people who paid to be in these stands to watch finals and i thought to myself, that actually looked pretty pathetic. you see, we were packed in the VIP booth. These are players that did not make it to sunday and their peeps. The grandstands, well, that is in a nutshell, is OUR PUBLIC. Is paintball in a slump? Certainly not when you think of playing. The industry is smaller because of its structure. The tourneys are smaller because of no media attention. Hence, zero public or lack there of.
Don the tech for Bob Long had come over to tell me of the passing of Tyson from SLY Products. Tyson has been a great friend who I have mentored since the days of ACI. We had long talks of future of paintball, concepts and forecasting on days to come. He will be surely missed and hope for the best to his friends, colleagues and family. He absorbed allot of information through the years and showed great potential. He had a uncorrupted attitude, eager to learn and loved his life. I was told he died in his sleep. Knowing that along side his happy days and fruitful future, that is exactly how anyone would have loved to go out. See you on the other side Tys!

Back to "Am I back in paintball?" I never left, but the other people like to expose that I am. How about future products? Yes, I just have to figure out what the same people who buy my stuff want a lot more of. Which means, I got nothing but time.

Contract Killer was on UFC91 this past Saturday on three fighters on the main card. Nearly 90 million viewers and counting have watched the fight. My partner was on point to watch UFC at the MGM Grand this past Saturday while i played in the sun in sunny San Diego like chicken nuggets under a heat lamp. Fighters on hand that night: Demian Maia, Joe Stevenson and Aaron Riley.
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If you purchased this event on Saturday, you won two ways. First, the prefight collective wisdom about UFC 91 was that the card was main event top heavy. In other words, while the fighters who weren't on the main event were certainly capable athletes, the conventional assessment suggested that there was a noticeable lack of celebrity, meaningfulness and intrigue about their bouts. Alas, those contentions were wildly off the mark.

UFC 91 saw title contenders emerge, back-and-forth exchanges, technical mastery, submission and knockout victories and arguably the most high-profile fight in UFC history. Second, while the UFC tries to offer fight fans as much free content as possible, almost monthly PPV events are a toll on anyone's pocketbook, not to mention the noticeable national slump in consumer spending. But fans that purchased this event got to watch every last bit of it: Every single fight was aired for fans' viewing pleasure. While some of this has to do with timing and fast finishes in the night's fights, part of this is also generosity. The UFC is not obligated to use all of their allotted time to showcase their product. They were given extra time and chose to air all nine fights on the card. That's good for the UFC, for the fighters who could use more exposure and for fans who want bang for their buck. Hats off to the UFC for literally giving fans what they paid for: the entire fight card.

Thursday, November 13, 2008


Contract Killer will be there under the radar in a small hut on the outs skirts of the NPPL. Come by, talk, drink and be merry.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008


Biggest winner today- Dye Precision
Dye decides to go out this past weekend with the new Rotor Loader. This loader is smaller, lighter more efficient than the now seemingly primitive Halos and other loaders of today.
Think of it as a hybrid civic and a Halo being a dodge v8 4x4 doing the same speed and going on the same highway. Go Green!

Biggest loser today-PSP
With so much riding on the acceptance of the sport and hoping for the abundance of more people to pay for new top of the line stuff, absolutely no media attention was involved accept Pbreserve, Warpig and Katspics for viewers to count on for news, pictures, journalism, sport stats and of course 4 dudes with handheld cameras taping what they can to play on youtube.
Lets look at the simpleness of the situation:
1: Scarcity promotes demand.
2: Population growth promotes demand.
3: Technology promotes demand.
The number one supplier of shiiiiit load of new, old, and rare paintball products and products that have stood the test of time to forge a gigantic surplus of trash and treasure is Ebay. They too have their own banner ad signifying the abundance.
With an overwhelming surplus, wouldn't this equate to LESS demand?
If there were too many diamonds like their worms in the earth, will they still be as valuable?
We know this, the demand to play is always up. What to play with, is not. A struggling industry should invest in awareness, not monopolies.


We hope for the best of intentions for the PSP and produce a great show and promotion for the fans to watch and enjoy this great growing and ever changing sport.Not just a great DVD that will probably sell for 29.99

Monday, October 27, 2008


This last Thursday marks the inaugural PSP's world cup of paintball in Orlando Florida. Thousands come to watch the best of the best compete for world cup supremacy to see who is top dog of the year in Xball format rules. Note that there is a 7-man format with different rules.
One thing I try to do is be a "fan" of paintball and went down the "guidelines" of how a person will go about in finding out news and reports. One, go on This is what a regular paintball weekender would do. We do believe that there people that normally buy full retail right? We should then believe that the players doing these events don't normally pay the full price allowed to really see profits.
I go on and as I do, what is see is "NPPL" another league that they too have their shot at a world cup of their own calling it-Commanders cup in San Diego starting Nov 14th to Sunday the 16th. So, it stopped there.

Now if you are a "fanatic or extremist" of paintball, you thoroughly go through pbnation. A paintball nation of enthusiast, pro, woodsballers and whiny wannabees and paintball tech-meisters. Please note that if and when you get on, there are the "familiars" who are people who just stay on the nation and write anything. This will be the 110 in the am to the 156 by noon, 186 by evening, then back to 100 in the late evening. This means this, IS the nation. The rest are readers who dont log on and come up with their own analyses and conclusions on what they want and so forth before they are called idiots or noobs.
Ok back to what was i was leading to. Now, this is world cup! I know because I usually go to play or debut new products for the next season. Also because I was part of this world, we believed the whole of America also knew which goes to the point of awareness. So you asked yourself, "That's not true allot of people new about WC paintball!" It's true' allot of US knew that there was a cup. But how many people did not know. And should we care? If this was so, did ESPN cover it? Foxsports? Where are the writers and Photographers? Where is media coverage? I'm not talking about pbnation, that is a forum. WARPIG, ahhhhhh good old WARPIG.
There is however one or two youtube vids by random camera men that showed our prestigious pro-cup.
There was a web-cast I might add. To the "US" crowd. I wonder how much of the public knew about this. I don't care about the people who are in the mix and watching. I care about the people who don't get to see our great sport of paintball.

What i am leaning toward is the simple fact that we needed publicity like we had 4 years ago where there was a need to see and play with new stuff. Life was good then, even La soya was good then. (I meant as a celebrity)
Now we come to an age of having way too many things to choose from which prevents equity growth of certain brand companies. Wait, unless you-are DYE, KEES,SP and Planet. hmmmmm. Now wouldn't it be advantageous to just get more of the public to love the sport for being what it is and have more to sell than just the "US" crowd? Because "US" don't need new stuff, we have too much. In reality we bought too much stuff that we should not be allowed to pay full price for anything. (That is straight up the mentality). If i bought a new car every year or a new set of clubs a year, wouldn't we be.. wasteful? But if we can then so be it. However, we will get tired and we need the new player to take the place of the vicious cycle.

Reports pour in that leagues need to justify more financial "stimulus" from manufacturers to prevent the loss of the league and more policing on those who do not because they may believe they are riding the coattails of the league way too long. I remembered being called "bottom feeders" by one who cannot be named.
Then again, people may just look at them as the industry and forget the "tent people." This would make sense to capitalize on "shortness" of growth. Without Scarcity, their is no demand. If there is less to see then what you see is what you get.
If the "big tent" companies banded together and said screw the round table, is it justifiable? You see, the Kings of the round table need them to look like kings in front of us and keep us a bay. We contribute style and technology they will soon incorporate themselves and claim "original." Beware how you represent because they will knock you down a peg or two just to show your place in this world. I know first hand as Paintball Junkies, Kapp and Hybrid.

We should pay homage to less fortunate companies like AKA, AGD, Liquid, Diamond Labs, Unique, Nexed, Worr, Diablo, ARMSON, ACI,Nelson to name a few. INDIAN CREEK!

We were all smaller then.

Now if we can just have an improvement on fan base in the PSP and the NPPL we can see more growth as a industry. It would mean a smaller team based league. Note that the people who watch the NFL on TV or on the grandstands cheering and jeering is not necessarily "players." These fans buy 200.00 pro jerseys and anything that the athlete or franchise endorses, by way of media and other forms of marketing. I digress, what magazine now that does this for paintball? Gun Manufacturers will have to Annie up an additional 35-40k to have their gun be used at the event. An after market manufacturer including clothing will have to digest 8-10k.
If you are going to ask for more money, put it in away to have more paintball seen. A media group... wait, that was Dick Clarks role... I should look into why that went south.
ACQUIRED: Dick Clark has bought the broadcast rights to Professional League Paintball, an organized professional paintball league consisting of eight teams from major cities, reports Reuters. Additionally (and oddly), he's developing a celebrity paintball-themed reality show. "We are pleased to be at the forefront in producing what has become the fastest-growing leisure sport activity in the world," Clark said. "We look forward to taking the tiger by the tail and moving this marketing phenomenon to the next level -- television."

My thought: Its about control.

I'm not here to bash or praise the industry and leagues. I'm merely stating the facts, and the obvious.
I played paintball this weekend and had more fun than I usually do. The people who later decided not to play were people who stopped before they had a bad day. Good way to end the weekend I guess. I asked them about world cup and who their favorite team was and ask them about top players. (note I'm in California) 90% said "I come to play and i don't know who the best team is and no nothing of a World Cup." One guy said, "Hey, are you not Oh Pollack?"

ALSO ALSO ALSO!!!!Little John Marques aka Traitor, Hybrid, Contract Killer, just had his 4rth baby!! call the shop and show some love!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


Monday, October 20, 2008


Thursday, October 9, 2008

New whips designed by Contract Killer

New laser for Federov of Philly

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Being Honest With Ourselves

Ok, so I've been reading some paintball forums and sites lately and I can't help but to laugh. (which, is of course followed by extreme frustration and the smashing of the closest item on my desk) Although I have to applaud the fact that at least people are discussing the industry and what they think is wrong with it, and even giving some good ideas about what should be done to fix the problems they are discussing, no one has hit the nail on the head yet as far as what the real problem is. It's like no one gets it...really gets it. Everyone obviously sees the trouble we are in, and yet no one really wants to talk about the REAL reasons it's all happening. Does no one really know? Do they know, but are unwilling to ruffle some feathers? Have they thought about it, but think it's something we just can't fix, so why bother? Of course the economy is not helping things, but that's not the real problem. Neither are any of the other things people have brought up. One person says the high ROF and FPS is keeping new players out of the sport. Someone else says that the leagues running national events are doing things wrong and there needs to be different conferences, and more local leagues to bring team counts back up. Some have said that the cost to play is too high and that's what is keeping people from playing. I've even heard that players bad attitudes is to blame for paintballs recent down turn. While I will agree that all of those things contribute to our problem, I still have to say that non of those issues are the root of our real problem.

Maybe people are so used to having other people make decisions for them in the real world, that they are unable to think for themselves when conflict and trouble hits them in a more personal arena. That arena being our beloved paintball industry. I know so many people in this industry that have told me they agree with what I think, as far as what is wrong in paintball, but none of them have ever really said it publicly. The sad part is that a few of them had the stage to do so, but they didn't use it. For the most part, people have pussy footed around the issues at hand because if your in paintball, chances are, you are in some way connected to the problem. Whether that be from owning a paintball business, owning a team, playing on a team, or even just working in the industry in general. Basically, you just don't say anything to stir the hornets nest, because the sting could be more than something one of moms home remedies could fix. You could lose your ties to the industry and in turn, your business, your team, your sponsors, your job and in extreme circumstances, all of the above. Yes, it IS that bad. I'm not saying it's like the mafia, but it's corporate, only on a mom and pop level, which to me is much worse.

Most corporate problems revolve around the breaking of rules that were set into place by their respective industries for the sole purpose of maintaining as fair of a playing field as possible for all parties involved. Paintballs problem is that we don't have any such rules to break. It's a free for all. The only rules around, are the ones that are unspoken but avidly enforced. You've heard the old sayings, "Never bite the hand that feeds you", or "don't burn your bridges". I heard that many times in this industry throughout my years. I think those sayings hold different meanings in paintball though. They don't mean, "don't do something foolish or greedy now for your own benefit, because it may backfire on you later", or "watch the things you say because you don't want to be misunderstood and cause problems". In paintball those sayings mean, "Shut up and do what I say, or I will take away from you, what you have helped me create". I think too many people/players left in the paintball industry are afraid to to say anything about what is going on because, unfortunately, they depend on using those bridges to get to that hand that feeds them. These players have spent so much of their lives playing a sport that they love and believe in. They have been playing paintball, starting teams, opening stores & fields and helping these companies grow and become what they are today. They have put so much of their own time in for the love of this sport, their teammates, and their sponsors, that most of them haven't done anything to prepare themselves for the real world. The world outside of paintball. The world after paintball. And because of that, they are now stuck keeping their mouths shut and playing the role they were groomed from youth to play.

After all the problems last year in the NPPL, under the leadership of Shawn Walker, a lot of people were starting to lose faith in the league (more so, Shawn's ability to run it), including myself. I decided to try and see if we could help get things back on track. I wanted to see what everyone thought and if I could get support in an idea I had. I personally talked to over a dozen industry suits and players. I talked to everyone from manufacturers to team, store and field owners, sales and management at major paintball companies, to some of the authors of your favorite paintball magazine articles, to some of your favorite all star players. (all of which you would know their names instantly....that's not to toot MY horn, but to let you know that these were all people you would know) I heard so many things that Shawn had done, that in one way or another, was not on par with what someone in his position should be doing. (I'll just leave it at that). Everyone of those people were fed up with the way the season had gone and all of them in one way or another saw Shawn as the direct link to the problem. I tried to get them to get together and write a letter to Bruce (the owner of Pacific Paintball) explaining our concerns and letting him know what we knew about Shawn and the things he had done. I didn't then and I still don't know Bruce personally, but I have heard nothing but good things about him and what an ethical person he is, both personally and in business. I figured that was the best person to talk to. We hoped that at the very least, Bruce would sit Shawn down and get him back on track. Well, no one wanted to write Bruce. Everyone was unsure about the outcome. They were all very passionate when telling me in private how unhappy they were and how much they wanted Shawn out of there, but no one wanted to do more, than privately vent. They were all connected to the industry, and all of them felt that if the letter didn't get received as well as we wanted it to, then that might put them in a tight situation within the industry and with Bruce, Shawn and the NPPL. First of all, I thought they were giving Shawn way too much credit for his position, but I also thought, "Wow, it's no wonder we are where we are". The only people willing to stand up and say anything, are the ones that are lobbying for themselves to get into power positions so that they can put their own agendas into action.

Look, basically what I'm getting at is this, we have a LOT of work to be done before we can even begin to think about paintball going mainstream like the other extreme sports that are light years ahead of us. That work isn't just on our league set up, our formats. It's not just on price structuring. It's not just in media outlets. It's with ourselves and with how we work TOGETHER as a community to make this thing work. No one wants to work with anyone else because they are all sworn enemies. No one wants to speak out about the things that are wrong, because they are slaves to the hands that feed them. No one wants to give ideas or possible solutions on how to fix things because they are worried someone will either take them and make money off of them for themselves or that they will simply taint their original idea. I mean I can't blame them. Even I'm apprehensive about giving out ideas to the people in charge now. All that happens is they either outright steal your ideas and tie you up in court with their money, or they take your ideas, taint them and never do what was intended to be done with them to begin with. Without some sort of foundation laid down, without some sort of infrastructure that provides guidelines and rules to follow and consequences to those who don't......then we are destined to stay in this state we find paintball in now.

There needs to be a true governing body for paintball. A council, committee, organization, panel, whatever you want to call it. That group of people should be voted in by the entire industry which includes stores, fields, leagues and manufactures. Funding could come from a number of sources. Their job would be to lobby inside and outside of the industry for changes that would stimulate the growth of paintball and help shake this stigma we have. They need to be able to unite all the manufactures, fields, stores and leagues, so that we can make positive forward progress for once. The leagues don't need to merge, but they need to work TOGETHER in order to build new players and teams by creating nationwide leagues ran by local cities, schools, stores and even churches. The committee can work on a business model that accurately shows paintball as an industry and as a sport, so that they can take this to cities, sponsors, television stations, etc... We need to lobby at the city level for the right to put paintball fields within the cities to make it easier for leagues to form and for people to be exposed to paintball without having to drive out to the country to the closest field. Manufactures need to work TOGETHER and stop suing each other over every part that comes out. They need to work out a plan that they all can and will follow that will maintain a decent profit margin for their customers (stores and fields) and one that will stop the opening and selling of products to stores within a small radius of each other. They need to do more than MAP pricing. Both the leagues and the sponsors need to sit down and iron out a plan to separate the pros from the divisional teams, NOT to show divide between players, but to elevate our PROFESSIONAL athletes as such, so they begin to have worth. They need to be paid. The committee should work with outside sponsors and the leagues on ways to get money for the pro teams. Maybe that would mean the current team owners would have to sell a percentage of their ownership rights to a sponsor for the right to call them.....I don't know.....the "Chevorlet Paintball Guys"...., but that could be made up in merchandising later down the road. We should work with other extreme sports to help promote paintball with their demographically similar audience. What's wrong with a little piggy backing until we are recognized as a sport and accepted by the public. There are tons of other things we should be doing, but those were just some quick ideas as far as the direction of where we need to be headed.

I know it's a lot to ask for, especially with this unorganized industry, but it needs to happen. Like I've said before, I don't have all the answers and I don't pretend to, but I know we have to do something OTHER than what we have been doing for the past 25+ years. We have some people in charge of things now that not only don't know what they are doing, but they don't really care to do the right thing, because that usually means not making a quick buck. The old way just isn't working. We need to stop, rethink everything, restructure ourselves, work together for once and reinvent ourselves so that we can actually make a run at this thing the right way next time.

I know I'm not the most eloquent speaker/writer and I may not make a lot of sense to some, but I do know that we need structure.Leave a comment to tell me how stupid I am or to give your own thoughts on what needs to be done....I don't care which....just "Stand Up" and say SOMETHING!!!!

Brandon Lambertson

Friday, September 26, 2008


Ok so if you read our older posts, i have been ranting on what we do, where did we go wrong, how we should fix things, all that krap . The past week i have watching the news like a midget on the toilet (on my toes) on this current news on bailouts, debates, Chargers! the pbnation, the pbreserve, the view and all that. I see something brewin! If you just want to scroll down and see the video we took at the ASR with Todd, Cuba and me where we find out the CEO aka PSP event Organizer, was in fact THE Bad Boy Booty Model. Ah fun times!

From Lane Wright (or he call himself Lane Wright):
First, I absolutely applaud your post. That is all I ever ask for. People can hate everything we do and criticize every decision we make, so long as they back it up with reason. I may debate their reasoning with my own. But, I accept everyone has their own way of thinking.

Two of my most prized confidants today were people who totally bashed PSP on the Internet years ago. But both did it with logic and rational thought behind their rants (even though they were almost always wrong). Chris Raehl and Paul Richards wrote more BS about me than anyone. But they always included a reason why they felt like they did. They are two of the people who's opinion I respect the most, today.

The pricing structure is simple - it is there to protect us from having people only attend WC. The fact of the matter is that 3 of our 5 events are marginally productive for sponsors, at best. It could be argued that the World Cup is the only event that sponsors get true value in their sponsorship. I don't necessarily agree. But I can see the argument.

But another fact is that if sponsors decided to pull out of the year long sponsorship and only come to WC, PSP would never make it to WC. So I structure the program to discourage that. Everyone who wants to be anyone has to be at Cup. The pricing is such that it makes sense to almost everyone who is of the sponsoring level to sponsor the season, as opposed to just attending the WC.

The difference in price of "vendor booth" vs "sponsor layouts" based on the additional perks sponsors get. Logo on website, banners at events, mentions at grand stand field, announcements to our data base, etc.

Being that we had to draw a line of what we referred to as vendor level and sponsor level, and it needed to be more than just the area people used, I decided that once a truck/trailer with awnings, signage, etc were involved it would go into the "sponsor level". It seemed legit to me. At the time everyone who would be inclined to sponsor us brought traveling display trucks and everyone who had traveling display trucks were people who looked at sponsorship level involvement.

The $17,500 comes from an effort to protect the other sponsors. In this particular case, Planet and CP. They pay an amount of money to sponsor us each year. This money gets them an amount of space at each of the 5 events and various other things to help promote their brand. Obviously, this cost of space is not even/equal for all events. Certainly it is understood that WC is worth more than NEO. My breakdown allots almost $14,000 of the total money Planet/CP pays for the year to their space at World Cup. To protect them and show appreciation for their support for the whole year, when someone new comes in and wants the same space at WC, they will be priced at 25% more than a season sponsor paid for the same space.

So, this isn't an attempt to protect the owners. It is an attempt to protect the existing sponsors. In this case, a non-owner gun manufacturer, who started very small and grew, in part because they were willing to pay the price to get their stuff out in front of people, and I hope, to a smaller degree, because people who run events think ahead enough to protect them when they support us.

Just to take it a step farther - we do the same thing when people sponsor at one level and then want to increase to the higher level at World Cup. And we do it to EVERYBODY.

KEE (who is an owner in PSP) sponsored PSP at the Gold level this year. They want a Platinum size spot for World Cup. To protect DYE and SP as Platinum sponsors, KEE will pay an additional money to have that space at World Cup. An additional $12,000, as a matter of fact. That's the price charged to an OWNER, who has already paid $50,000 to attend and sponsor their own events.

And lastly, I am saying here and now - the owners who sponsor PSP (DYE, SP, KEE) absolutely pay exactly what others pay for identical sponsorship. They pay the exact same for their teams entry fees. They pay the exact same late fees if they miss deadlines. They pay the exact same additions if they upgrade in space. This is no "petty dispute" or "old grudge". I have no ill will towards Bobby or BLAST, at all. The fact that he chose not to sponsor the league didn't bother me in the slightest. I am well aware of the economics of paintball this year. People have to make decisions based on their business plans and the best interest of their company. That's what I am doing. That's what Bobby is doing. If Rennick Miller (an owner) wanted to bring Shocktech to World Cup with his trailer and asked for the same area that BLAST wanted, he absolutely would have been given the EXACT same price. I guarantee that as my word. He got a similar price for Chicago and decided not to attend. It was too expensive for his company. He's an owner and one of my best friends. But he didn't attend the event in the capacity he wanted and we didn't change the price structure. The point is that BLAST is being treated no different than some of the owners of PSP - fairly.

On that point, I guarantee that Bob didn't write a check for his personal gun. I guarantee that Opie doesn't fork over cash for a case of Draxxus paint. I am certain that Rob Staudinger doesn't pay the walk-on fee if he plays at a PBC field. I feel sure that if Dale wants a CP barrel on one of his guns he just takes a CP barrel and puts it on his gun. But, at PSP, the guys who own the company pay to attend the events just like everyone else. They also pony up when the company lose's money. They also haven't collected a single penny from PSP since it's inception, except to pay back a couple of loans they gave to cover prize money. They also sponsor, in one way or another, a good 60% of the teams who play in the league. They pay to remove one of the obstacles others would have when trying to decide to support the league.

It baffles me that no one ever seems to respect or appreciate that. But my Lord people will jump at the chance to claim they are screwing someone at every chance they get. It is EXTREMELY discouraging.

I am sure this is a bit jumbled. I am certain you could look through here and find somewhere that my math didn't make sense. I'm extremely busy and tried to explain something that took me months to come up with in 10 minutes. And I'm just not very bright. But, I think the jest of the effort is obvious. I am trying to protect PSP by protecting the people who commit - to the level that we need from them - to sustaining PSP. The fact that it benefits owners is simply because they are also paying sponsors. And there are times when this same protection policy works against an owner just as it would anyone else.

I hope the fact that I am willing to come on here and spill so much of our business shows something. I'm hiding nothing. I make mistakes. I make mistakes because I do a lot of things and, quite frankly, I'm in over my head from time to time. But I don't screw people. There are no hidden agendas. There are no schemes to keep anyone out. The fact that one or two people may be kept out because of the plan is the price we pay to keep 6 or 8 people in.

Again, I do, sincerely, appreciate your last post. I hope this reply made enough sense for you to understand what I am trying to do. Obviously, there are far more details than what I would be able to put into a post, and probably more than I would be willing to put out to the public. That's not secretive, just prudent. But, if there is a time AFTER World Cup that you think you want a little better explanation, I'll try. For now, I am busy. I am tired. And I have a lot of work to do. This will have to do.

Edit added: I just got off the phone with Bob. Straight from his mouth to me, he simply cannot afford to attend. Our price, the travel costs, the employee costs, and the missed time in the shop make it cost prohibitive. There is no inference that there is a plot against anyone, no belief that I do things anyway but fairly, no hard feelings at all. It is quite simply an economic decision. And, sadly, one that reflects the state of the industry today.

From Brandon Lambertson:
I think paintball is definitely in a slump PARTLY because of the economy, but I have to agree with New Englander, I don't see paintball going mainstream either, at least not with the way things are set up now.. Paintball isn't dead, and it isn't going to die, but it's not headed towards mainstream either. Now first, let's understand the meaning of mainstream as it relates to paintball. We obviously are not going to rival the NFL or the MLB, or the NBA as far as it's mass appeal and media attention...etc., but we can and should be able to rival the sports most like us, as far as popularity. Not just in the market place and with yearly participant numbers, but with fan base and media attention. The problem is, we don't. Some of that is because of the multiple formats, and lack of one set of rules and regulations. Some of it is because of the inability to film and show paintball properly on TV to new comers. Some of it is because we haven't sold our pro players as true professionals and built any interest in them as athletes. More importantly, I personally believe it's because of this entire industries infrastructure...or lack there of.

Paintball was never ready for the boom we had, and we aren't ready for another one if we are fortunate enough to have one. There have been too many bad apples floating around in our Kool-Aid. I think it's definitely time for changes in this industry. The problem is, no one wants to work with anyone because that could mean giving up their piece of the pie

From a guy named "New Englander"
After lurking for quite some time this topic finally got me interested enough to register and reply.

This is the same old same old in regards to discussion. Absolutely nothing has changed all that much over the years.

Paintball is not going to progress past where it is currently. This has been beat to death over the years. First it was - "Wait till it's out of the woods." Then it was "We need someone in the entertainment world to take notice." It has always been "We need to get people in the stands."

It came out of the woods in regards to tournament paintball, great. In all reality we seem to have lost a bit of the fun. You can only move an airball bunker field around so many times before it feels like - "Been there done that." After multiple use....even the airball bunkers start looking like garbage.

Dick Clark and others came and went and absolutely nothing really sustaining ever came of it.

People in the stands? How are you going to get 20 and up men to come watch a bunch of "agg" acting kids play paintball, are they going to pay and actually spend money on merchandise? 20 and up men do not want to emulate children. Tournament paintball has not traversed in a direction that is marketable to an audience that can and will spend money to view it.

There just are way too many different top teams playing too many different formats. There is way too much player jumping and guesting. What team are you going to follow now? many of those guys play for a different team in a different format? This is all too confusing.

It's not going to change guys. Your never going to get the public to come out and watch a national paintball tournament. Your never really going to get widespread "pro's" in this game that are true to the word. As in actually get paid to play paintball - not get the winnings.

Enjoy what it clean up the garbage of a mess it is now but just enjoy it.

Anyway... Not Bashing just havin fun.. these days all we can do is smile and weather the storm. On with the vid.