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Discussion: just heard from your sponsor....not good news....thanks George SSUSA

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April 17, 2013
Big Mike
61 posts
just heard from your sponsor....not good news....thanks George SSUSA
Just got a call from our sponsor. Seems he reads these boards too. He just found out we have been moved up to AAA without even playing in a sanctioned tourney. Guess we have lost our sponsor ship. It's sad...you lose a few players and fill the positions with REC players at best and you get bumped up. We were and exsisting team that just changed names and added non-impact players. Sad, just sad.
He stated " I don't want to sponsor teams that don't even have a chance at competition". I can see his point. It's his money. But Damn, he sponsors 5 seperate teams in SS and a bunch of them in local leagues. We have a meeting tonight and he is going to give us the news on which teams stay or if he is just going to end it for everyone. I don't like the looks of this. He's a good guy, and a great sponsor and friend but this is business I suppose.
April 17, 2013
Olden Slow
Men's 65
175 posts
Big Mike...Not defending SSUSA but the 60's team I play for went through the same scenerio..We started the season AAA for the same exact reasons as your team..We played 2 tourney's....got our asses handed to us....didn't win a game and were run ruled most of the time...Our manager went through the appeal process and George immediately move us back to AA...Only becuase there is no single A...:-o)...Hope your sponsor stays with you....Just my .02..
April 17, 2013
neck10
491 posts
sponsers are hard to come by,I do know where your coming from we picked up 3 guys from our leauge in the last three years,I said the same thing you did but one of my guys was toc mvp last year the other was mvp lansing so there went my leg to stand on.I think the system thats in place is as fair to one team as the next dont think its perfect because if a lessor player plays up for a team that is short in a tourney thats makes there rating go up when there ability to play didnt ,but they knew what they were getting into when they did it the rules are there for everyone to read just read them.you can appeal anything maybe you win some,one thing for sure you will get more with surgar than salt.
April 17, 2013
Big Mike
61 posts
well lets take this one person at a time.
we were going to bring in 7 new players to SS. 7 players in an area where it's hard to get one let alone 7. You say you have a history about us, guess i can say what it says. 1 win and 4 loses against teams both higher and lower rating. But you still think it's a good idea to move up. Wait until someone on the opposing team slams a ball into a player. Several things will happen, 1 the player will get hurt, 2 the opposing player will feel bad for the injury, and in SS wisdow, it was okay for a lesser player to play against players far above his caliber. Wonder where that will lead?
A tourney director saw us play in Lacey. Even he knows our players were outgunned, as his statement says. The appeal process will be taken and we wait patiently for a response.
I guess the biggest thing is loss of a GREAT sponsor for something we have no control over. I understand both sides, but in fairness, this is a situation where decency and common sense should prevail.
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