Chicago Legend Retires from Paintball (and NPPL)
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Chicago Legend Retires from Paintball (and NPPL)

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Professional paintball team Chicago Legend will no longer compete in the NPPL, nor any other league for that matter. Chicago Legend recently made it public via Twitter that the team would be no more, issuing the statement: “Paintball lost a really good team today, it’s unfortunate.” Team owner Dennis Olsen confirmed in a statement earlier today, “Hung up my paintball cleats for good today. The only thing I will miss will be the game itself. Door shut, not looking back!”

https://twitter.com/ChicagoLegend/status/305204296486625280

The number of professional teams competing in the NPPL this year is at a steady decline. Damage and Infamous have decided to opt out of the NPPL pro division to focus on PSP. Both XSV and Edmonton Impact have decided to take their leave to compete in the PSP, as well. So the question remains, who’s next? Will the NPPL have enough professional teams this year to have a true professional division?

Along with the departure of several professional teams, the NPPL and PSP have clashing tournament dates for their August event. Not only will professional teams have to choose between both leagues, but divisional teams will be left to do the same. It can be assumed that not many divisional teams will want to play a national league that doesn’t consist of a professional division, considering playing professionally is the goal of the majority of divisional players. It will be interesting to see how things unfold in April at the NPPL Huntington Beach Open.

What do you think about this entire ordeal? Will the NPPL fall after losing so many professional teams? If so, what will happen afterwards?

  • Evan Magno

    I really think this is a bad move. The pro teams should be playing both leagues. I was very surprised to see XSV leave and very suprised to see Infamous and Damage leave the NPPL. Two leagues is better for the industry and pro teams should play both, not just focus on one.

  • Anthony p

    This wil be really interesting to see unfold in a couple months or even after this season if too few teams actually participate in the nppl. The nppl might end up losing a lot of their income and thus have to close down. With this being said, will paintball be strictly a 5man dominated game from now on? So much for keeping variety and trying to expand the sport….thanks pro teams….

  • http://www.facebook.com/nzp8nt Rob

    Rather than trying to compete head on with the PSP in a battle they can’t win, it would make more sense for the NPPL to rebrand as an amateur league possibly with a stronger focus on a fun experience for the players rather than quite so much competition. So like a giant HK streetball event or whatever, where there’s the tournament but also a bunch of built in social events and 20v20 walkon games etc. Call it the National Party Paintball League or something…

    Or something. In any case the fact is the PSP has professional paintball sewn up tight. Might as well take a different tack.

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