We are fortunate to have most of the D1 teams playing in MY-NPL under sponsorship either directly or indirectly by major paintball brands & local Vendors. They are expected to carry their sponsors brand be it during tourney or even during training. Sponsors can be very picky & sponsorship can be terminated in an instance just like that eg. By wearing a jersey/t-shirt of a rival brand or using a rivals marker etc could just cost your team the sponsorship.
But how about employing the services of hired guns to play with your team in a tourney or even for all 5 legs of MY-NPL next year? Will your team be in trouble with the sponsors if the hired gun/s is sponsored by a rival brand? Eg. A team under DYE but the hired gun/s is under P.E/SP/JT/MD etc. It won’t be a problem if in this situation the hired guns uses a DM9 & DYE jersey/pants but what if they too have to carry their sponsors name & colours? You’ll be going to have a mix match of players playing under 2 if not 3 different brand of sponsors.
Can you call that team a DYE sponsored team when you’ve got a few players under a different banner/sponsor and to relate back to my title, can you even call the team as “a team” when you employ hired guns to beef up your line up? The proudest moment for a team is when you’re on the podium in your sponsor’s colours & banner but now out of the 10 guys in your line up, 2-3 will be in a rival’s colours. Will your sponsor be happy with it? Will they take any action? Only time will tell, we’ll just have to wait and see come this Feb 14-15 2009 during the 1st leg of MY-NPL cause I believe most D1 team will be facing this dilemma for the ’09 season.