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Apr 30, 2010

Paintball PRO found in Connecticut...

After announcing there is no such thing as a true pro paintballer I find this:
Milford native makes his living playing pro paintball He says there are over 100 pro paintball players. I'm not up on my tourney players. Anyone have a clue?

3 comments:

Caleb Apr 30, 2010, 8:55:00 AM  

I think the words "paintball pro" are a completely undefined area in a lot of sports. What does it take to qualify as a paintball pro? Is it that you currently play in the "pro" division? Could you have entered one game as a pro and now you are considered a "paintball pro" for the rest of your life? Or does it have something to do with where the majority of your income is earned?

Living on 10k-20k is possible, but what level of income is considered to be "making a living"?(OK, I'm getting sick of using rabbit ears)

What if player at the pro level only earns 5k from event winnings, but gets another 20k from endorsements? Then they hold training clinics all over the country(+5K), help develop an X-box game(+5k), have a line of paintball guns(+10k), and run a blog like Mick(+50k). They're not getting rich anytime soon, but is that still considered making a living as a "paintball pro"?

IDK, just my Friday morning - haven't had my tea yet - ramblings.

What do you think?

Baca Loco Apr 30, 2010, 11:46:00 AM  

As it turns out I know Billy and I know way too much about the trials of pro paintball players. There is a small number of players--shrinking daily--making money playing paintball and that can vary dramatically. In the majority of cases it is, at best, a modest living wage. And if the criteria is strictly earning money there aren't 100 pro players. Not even close.

Richelle Shattell Apr 30, 2010, 5:26:00 PM  

Definition "Professional", noun:

A person who belongs to one of the professions, esp. one of the learned professions.

A person who earns a living in a sport or other occupation frequently engaged in by amateurs: a golf professional.

An expert player, as of golf or tennis, serving as a teacher, consultant, performer, or contestant; pro.

A person who is expert at his or her work.


So I guess a "pro" paintball player would be anyone who earns their living from the sport (including sponsorships and endorsements) and is an expert player.

As for how many there are...I have no idea. Seems like there could quite possibly be 100. I know their earnings aren't in the hundreds of millions, but still...if they play, if they've got the skills, and that's what they're known for, I guess I'd call 'em pro.

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