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Pan Am Allies with NPPL
The PanAm and The NPPL To Form Alliance
Talks are underway between the PanAm Circuit and the NPPL regarding the establishment of a loose alliance in 2004 based on the mutual goal of increasing public awareness and encouraging the growth of tournament paintball. Cooperation between 2 of the top 3 tournament circuits in the country will help to enhance and streamline the message to the public that paintball is the reigning… and the only… truly XtremeTeam sport on the planet.
The PanAm has recently decided to abandon its limited paint format and embrace the NPPL Super7 rules and style of play so successfully introduced in 2003. “This year our tournament teams told us they wanted an unlimited paint format in 2004,” says Dan Bonebrake, promoter of the PanAm Circuit. “They also embraced the 7-man format we introduced this year, so it only makes sense for us to listen and then do what the players are asking for. We also believe that the direction the NPPL is going will be the future of our sport so we’ve decided to adopt their rules and their format in 2004. Unity breeds success and that’s why the PanAm Circuit has decided to align itself with the NPPL.”
In the past the NPPL has been very interested in establishing relationships with other tournament circuits and now they can count the largest West Coast tournament as an ally. “Talks are underway and we’re very excited about the opportunities that working together will provide each of us,” says Chuck Hendsch, president of the NPPL. “We’re two of the largest tournament circuits in the world and establishing a mutually beneficial alliance will further help to solidify our sport in the minds of Moms and Dads across the country. The future of paintball lies in the hands of today’s 12 and 13 year olds. A shared vision coupled with the ability of our 2 circuits to implement that vision and inspire those 12 and 13 year olds to try our sport is a very exciting challenge.”
While it’s too soon to say exactly what will come of these talks, the shared common vision between the two circuits and the shear volume of committed tournament players attending their events makes this a potentially powerful alliance.
For more information on the NPPL or the upcoming Commander's Cup in Miami this November, visit www.nppl.tv