Ahh...Not the Olympic Paintball Debate
Posted 20 February 2013 - 10:18 PM
Instead of having people say that's too much work, or it'll never happen. We need more people to try to get it bigger. I have been introducing paintball to all of my friends as of late, and I think I am slowly turning the perception of it in my circle. Now multiply that by a million, and we have a good reasonable number of people playing.
In watching events, one thing that needs to be addressed is camera angles. It would be cool to have more overhead view to see where every player is located and what everybody is doing.
Stream videos from players cameras to make it more dynamic and more exciting to watch.
Instead of having a negative attitude, try to get it bigger. It might not be big in your lifetime, but maybe next generation will make it bigger, and you can look back and say "I started this..." Personally, I am trying to get everybody around me into the sport, yes I said sport. I like sharing what I do with other people, and everybody always have fun as long as they don't get hurt.
It might not reach the Olympics anytime soon, but getting it where the professionals don't have to have side jobs just to sustain a all paintball life style would be neat and interesting. If the sport have the very worse player on a team making 100k, it would make the sport overall better. No kid wants to play paintball, when you can make millions playing football, baseball, soccer, hockey, etc.
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Posted 20 February 2013 - 11:33 PM
i actually brought up another tab so that i could post a link to Tygers video on it lol.
In all seriousness i highly doubt that paintball will make any large changes to better the sport.
I mean whenever some new technology comes out the whole "this is ruining paintball" topic comes up. I don't think we could make paintball a suitable olympic sport without major changes to the format, technology and attitude. As soon as somebody brings up the topic of change the whole "this will ruin paintball" thing will come up again and again and nobody will support it.
Posted 21 February 2013 - 11:40 AM
excellent as usual!
Posted 21 February 2013 - 11:49 AM
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Posted 21 February 2013 - 04:24 PM
And I like Gtcpaintball's points about camera angles. Elevated cameras shooting down would be helpful. Also streaming off some helmet cams if it can be pulled off - I'm thinking of split screen views of different angles, like what Gmore70 has done with his son or Mike has done with two cameras going on some of his more recent videos.
I think a lot of us, definitely myself, have been getting stuck in the negative about where paintball is and where it's going. This is an artifact of the forums - I'm far more positive about paintball and the fun it brings when out on the field. I think the videos that Gmore70 has been making are a real gift to TechPB; a lot of times I find he brings a new perspective and good ideas to the issues that paintball and paintball players face.
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Posted 21 February 2013 - 05:36 PM
Posted 21 February 2013 - 05:40 PM
But either way, the road to the Xgames for paintball is the same as it is for the Olympics. We would have a ton of work to do to - almost exactly the same things would have to be addressed to get into the Xgames.
Dont get me wrong..in my mind...thats a good thing. Im more interested in the path and working on the things we need to work on - either for the Xgames or for the Olympics.
Posted 21 February 2013 - 06:12 PM
Posted 21 February 2013 - 06:19 PM
It takes hundreds upon hundreds upon hundreds of thousands of dollars to get a "sport" into the Olympics.
Let's compare Crossfit to Paintball
Right now, Crossfit has millions of dollars in advertising (paintball does not), TONS of mainstream sponsors from Reebok to other companies (paintball does not), and Crossfit is currently on television (paintball is not)
Crossfit has 100,000,000,000,000 times more of a chance of getting into the Olympics than paintball does, and that's being conservative.
To get recognition, you need to be capable of throwing your OWN party. Originally, motocross and dirt bikes weren't in the XGames. But after dirtbike stunters starting packing stadiums during the monster truck bashes, ESPN and the XGames took notice and put them in
We are backwards in this argument, we are trying to get the Olympics and the XGames to bring people to us (paintball). That's NOT how this works. We need to have the crowds built FIRST, then the XGames and the Olympics will take notice.
If we can consistently pack a stadium with 30,000+ people to watch a paintball match, then and ONLY then do we even have a smidgen of a chance for this to happen.
At WORLD CUP, they can barely get 500 people to watch the pros compete. You think the Olympics and the XGames want to watch 50,000 people leave a stadium, just so a couple hundred people can come in and cheer for a paintball team?
The bottom line is this - paintball does not have 1/1,000th of the draw needed to get into the XGames or the Olympics. We never have, we never will, get over it.
We don't have the money, we don't have the recognition, we don't have the attendance, we don't have the fans, we don't have the sponsorship, we don't have the recognition.... out of the 800 things you need to have a CHANCE of getting into the XGames or the Olympics, paintball harely has a half dozen of them.
Play paintball because you enjoy playing it. Who gives a shit if Yosh Rau plays paintball in the Olympics, or Travis Lemanski plays paintball in the XGames. It's not going to "legitimize" you as an athlete by any stretch of the imagination.
Posted 21 February 2013 - 08:34 PM
As with any of the 'big'' sports they're adult driven .... pros are adults, people watching are adults, people paying the bills are adults... but they all have youth leagues & feeder systems, massive amounts of youth that keep the sport growing. Paintball has none of that.... a long ways to go.