PSP is Now Bring Your Own Paint

PSP logoIn the past the PSP had limited the amount of paint sponsors at our events in order to preserve the quality of the product being sold to our customers. Knowing how difficult and capital extensive it is to produce quality paint, we put policies in place that ensured the paint available was of proven quality and consistency. After listening to the concerns of the players who feel they should have more choices with paint suppliers, and based on a situation that was brought to our attention at the Dallas Open, we now feel it is necessary to allow as many paint options as possible at our events and to give players absolute freedom to pick the product they want to shoot.

Making paintballs is an art, and the manufacturers always try to bring the very best product to our events, but inevitably there is a varying level of break-ability between the brands given certain climate conditions, which are impossible to control. Since the PSP’s highest priority is to maintain the competitive balance, it makes sense to enable our players and teams to have more choices when it comes to paint. Moving forward we will not only be accepting more paint companies, but our players and teams will be able to bring their own paint as long as that paint meets the rule requirements (non staining, yellow fill).

Lane Wright, Interim CEO, says, “With a new management perspective, and after hearing of a situation in Dallas between a competitor and a paint vendor, we will make the change back to being a BYOP series.

Obviously there will be some restrictions on paint colors, sizes, etc., but essentially we are allowing teams to bring the paint of their choice to the events regardless of sponsorship. Vendors will absolutely still be allowed to sell paint on site and a new paint sponsorship package will be put together and sent out to prospective sponsors.

I would hope that teams and players would respect the support that future paint sponsors are showing when they choose to sponsor our tournament paintball events, but, as a rule, we will allow teams to bring in paint from off site sources if that is their choice.”

2015 PSP BYOP Paint Requirements:

*Yellow Fill Required

*Non-Staining Fill Required

*Must meet ASTM Standards – .68 Caliber, Weight less than 3.5 grams

What's Going On PSP?

john in PortlandMake no mistake about it, Paintball Sports Promotions (PSP) runs the best national/international level paintball tournaments in the U.S., if not the world. The competition at PSP events is second to none, their webcasts are first class, their stat-keeping and reporting is everything you’d want out of a pro league and their events are run professionally. PSP puts on world class paintball tournaments and they do it consistently year after year. You knew there was a “but” coming, right?

Here’s the “but.” Too frequently something PSP-related inevitably leaks (purposefully or not) on a paintball forum or social media page that makes you shake your head. Why can’t the world’s largest and arguably best paintball league keep their negotiations, ideas and plans out of the media until they are ready to release it as official news?  All this does is create speculation, doubt, assumptions and negative will towards the PSP and its leadership.

This past week a rumor was leaked HERE that the PSP was only going to allow gear used by league sponsors in their 2015 events. In other words, if a paintball company did not pay a very hefty fee, players would not be allowed to use that company’s gear at PSP events. This created more than 2,000 posts on PbNation and thousands of speculative posts and comments on our Facebook page and other social media sites. A week of absolutely negative light shined on the league and the game itself as players–and paintball company representatives–weighed in on unofficial information about the PSP and this leaked information.

While players piled on in every way, creating degrading memes, threatening to boycott the league, and personally attacking members of the PSP, the league took seven days to respond.   Seven days.  What they did put on their own Facebook page was a PSP link promoting a tournament video from last year.  This is all their fans got—even after another 50 people literally begged them to respond to the rumors on their own Facebook page.

Okay, I get that you PSP may have been caught off guard by the leak (although I doubt that). Could you have at least posted on your own social media page, “We’ll have a response to the rumors in a few days” or something similar? The non-response reminded me of an “actual” response I got from Jerry Braun (in his PSP promotion days) after I criticized the Gettysburg tournament.  Jerry replied, “It doesn’t matter. We’re the only game in town and players have to play in our league.” In other words, “we’ll do whatever we want and nobody can do anything about it.” Saying nothing for seven days says a lot.

The game of paintball is in desperate need of leadership at every level. PSP, it’s time to lead with dignity. Nearly all of you at PSP were founding members of the NPPL, a league you started because the promoter at that time was doing exactly what you are doing at this time. You’re becoming everything you disliked about tournament paintball when you were members of the Ironmen, Bad Company and Team Image.

Lead with dignity, PSP. You do an amazing job five weeks out of the year. It’s time five becomes fifty two.

Bunkerkings and Virtue United in Sales, Marketing and Distribution Partnership

First seen at Two iconic paintball companies from New York are joining forces. In an agreement announced today, Bunkerkings has teamed up with Virtue to bring the best harness, along with the entire Bunkerkings product line-up to Virtue dealers, players, and teams.

“Bunkerkings is a name that has a history in the sport where the BK brand really transcends any individual product,” said Chris Williams, Vice President of Virtue Paintball, “However, when we saw how nicely the Supreme Pack worked with our Press Flick Pods we knew the design team at BK had innovated something really special.”

“Virtue is a great company that I have a long history with since way back in the day on NYX and Russian Legion,” said Alex Lundqvist Co-Founder of Bunkerkings, “We’re both based in New York, and our product lines are perfectly complementary. The best loader and goggle, meet the best pack and playing gear. And now with Virtue’s agreement with MacDev, we have the best guns in the mix. It’s great to see three top-tier names in the industry cooperating.”

In addition to cooperation on sales, marketing, and distribution, Bunkerkings are a key sponsor of Tampa Bay Damage, whose future was in question earlier this year until Virtue stepped in to keep the team going, with the help of MacDev, Bunker Kings and Damage will not only be using Bunker King harnesses and playing gear, but will also be debuting the new line of BK Jerseys, gloves, and more. Continue reading

Tom Cole Steps Down From PSP

tom_ColeFrom Tom Cole: It is with sincere regret that I would like to announce that I will be stepping down as General Manager of the PSP. I feel it is in my best interest to focus more of my time on advancing the UWL and building on the tremendous growth it has had over the past few years. I would like to thank the PSP Staff for the past three years of service. I have had some great experiences and built some lifelong friendships.

My goal has always been to bring to all of you the most amazing events possible, and I believe this change will allow myself the continued opportunity to do that. The paintball landscape is constantly evolving and it is not always in the fashion that we wish. I have nothing but respect for all the people that make the PSP happen. I wish them all the best of luck in the future, and hope that we can all work together to continue to help the sport of paintball grow in a positive manner. I am looking forward to what the future holds.