TCambs, on 11 February 2013 - 09:35 PM, said:
Well I can understand how air ball does only give the competitive side of paintball, but TV is probably one of the best ways for paintball to grow and now that streaming (such as TwitchTV) is becoming a huge thing, eventually people will be able to stream live from a field, Air-ball and Woods ball included. I believe part of the reason paintball on tv doesn't attract people is one because of very little advertising and two the speed and multiplicity of things going on at the same time. I think if broadcasters could develop a way to create a understandable, enjoyable experience for the viewer it would grow tremendously. A Cool idea I think broadcasters could take advantage of with paintball is the cameras players already put on player helmets and markers. Multiple perspectives and first person view points. Something almost no other sport could really have that wouldn't hinder the players.
Here is how paintball use to grow back in the day 1) people herd of it and wanted to try it. 2) people had a friend who played talk them into trying it out. I honestly thing if you are wanting broadcasters to advance the sport it isn't going to happen. That said once people try it and decide they like it some of the Youtube sites will really get you hooked good. But if I had told my daughter her watch this on TV she never would have given it a chance. What I did is I took her out to the field two games in on her own she decided she loved it. That is how you grow something like paintball from within.
That said I want a video camera for the games. I watched this weekend my daughter fight 3 on one pined down to make it to the time limit. I would have loved to have that taped. Heck I would have loved to have taped her going one on one with her rental gun against a guy with a Bob Long gun and almost winning. It is a fun game to watch. But I think you have to already like it to enjoy watching it. That is just me.
I also think I am lucky the field we get to play at has so many different types of fields it is great.