cat61986 wrote:An issue is just that airsoft isn't considered a sport to the general population. The guns are too realistic. If a kid sees an airsoft game on TV, and sees people shooting each other which what looks like real guns, then the kid may go grab his mom or dad's gun and shoot other people with it, not realizing that what he sees on TV is airsoft, and not real steel. Meanwhile, paintball is, and I quote Flowers, "a bunch of clowns shooting each other with grapes"; it looks harmless enough with all the protection that people are wearing, the guns don't look real, and you see paint...lots and lots of paint.
So, since you have a team already on the road of being sponsored, good for you, but it's still difficult for a bunch of other groups out there.
Besides, blackeagle, which area are you in?
I realize this topic has been dead for the last few weeks, but I really disagree with the quote above in certain areas, so I had to post a response to it.
1. I agree that airsoft is not a sport. Paintball is a sport, airsoft is a simulation.
2. This is what I disagree with. Do you honestly think that if a kid were to see some sort of televised airsoft game, that he's going to go and grab a gun and shoot someone? First of all, I have a tendency to believe kids have common sense.... But that's fairly debateable.
Here's the real point: movies, tv shows, video games, ALL of these have people using guns and shooting people. MUCH more realistically in some cases, too. I don't know many kids that haven't seen a movie, even a kids movie, that involves the usage of a gun to shoot at a "criminal." Now, children don't go find their parents' gun and decide to gun down another human being just because they saw it in a video, and I assure you, MOST kids have. It's everywhere, not just movies that children can't get into at movie theaters. It's on TV as well. So the likely-hood of a kid watching some sporty version of airsoft and then deciding to go on a rampage is so small that it's irrelevant. If that were even the case, it'd come from something much more realistic, such as a Mission Impossible or Matrix, movie.
3. I certainly agree with the paintball comment.
4. Here's my few cents: Since airsoft is a simulation and was never meant to be a sport, I don't see it becoming one anytime in the near future. Perhaps sometime down the road someone will make a dumbed down "airsoft sport," but I doubt any of us will see this for a very long time. The reason for that is that there is no way to honestly prove that someone has been shot during THAT round. There IS a detection system built into a vest and helmet, etc, but if you ask me it's pretty bulky, full of flaws, and very expensive. If you get whacked by a tree or something, it would register as a hit, and if you're too far from the shooter, it won't register the hit because it was far too weak to measure. In my opinion, unless there's a breakthrough in this area, I don't think that an adequate hit-detection system will be created for the next 20-40 years.
So I don't think airsoft will make money as a sport, for a very long time. I can see airsoft making money by using it as a training device, which it already is... I can see it making money by being used for re-enactments, etc... I can see it making money by using it in some sort of pre-military bootcamp or something else inventive. I don't, however, see it making money as a new sport. Not for a fairly long time, anyway.
Sorry for being on the extreme with a few of my viewpoints. I just felt like I had to put in my thoughts.