Major League Gaming: Team Changes a Bit Ridiculous?

Craig FrancisCorrespondent IAugust 10, 2008

Were the team changes that occurred last week, a bit crazy for the league? Many of the fans of MLG said yes. Forums lit up with players and fans complaining about what it has down. Many have lost respect for their favorite player, and even the players felt they were stabbed in the back by their own counterparts.


One of the first Pro players to voice their opinion was the captain of Triggers Down, SK. SK felt betrayed by player Snipedown, who left their team for a spot on Stra8 Rippen, because they had the Dr. Pepper sponsorship. Now, Snipedown is a new player and new to the Pro ranked teams. But SK was hurt, because Triggers Down won MLG Orlando in a dominate fashion a week before the transactions began. That's something you can't get anywhere, and hard to do in this day and age of MLG. When it’s that good at the team you’re at, why leave? Triggers Down had to beat Stra8 Rippen to win the tournament at the finals. For SK, nothing adds up why Snipedown would leave.

Another player who recently voiced their opinion in a blog was not happy with their lost of a player and good friend. Team captain, Tsquared of Stra8 Rippen, also felt betrayed by fellow player and good friend, Mason also known as Neighbor. Tsquared was very vocal about how this team change happened. According to Tsquared, Final Boss players and team owner Gilbert Arenas had contacted each of Tsquared’s teammates. Big offers were given to those players, to join the Ogre twins and Strongside at Final Boss. Neighbor was the first to be offered, and he denied them at first. After all of Stra8 Rippen’s players had been offered something, Neighbor was offered something again, and he accepted it. In a conversation Tsquared had with Neighbor over the phone, Tsquared was cussing up a storm after he heard how much and the deal Gilbert Arenas, owner of Final Boss, offered Neighbor. Obviously he was stabbed in the back, and someone who he thought to be like a brother was purchased from him by the team he has been trying to beat for years

The roaster changes that occurred put a lot of stress among the pro’s in MLG. It’s really a shame to see this all happen. Many of the fans are even wondering like the pros. What happened to loyalty? What I’m wondering is, what happened to contracts? I thought there were contracts for players, and the way the teams are formed is similar to NASCAR. Now player movement is similar to the MLB, and it has started to look like an MLB season with these player movements coming ever so close to the playoffs time. But where are these honor, loyalty, and contracts that we hear about? Aren’t all the players contracted by their teams?

Not only are the team changes stressful on the teams and players, but they are stressful on the sponsors as well. Sponsors have to terminate a contract with a certain player, and sign a new contract agreement with the new player. Not only that but their team’s image, as in the players they have, change and they have to market a new team. Depending on the sponsor agreement to the teams, things will change for them as well. It doesn’t look good for the players, teams, and the league to the fans and sponsors.

Truthfully, there needs to be a change in MLG. The player movement structure that’s similar to MLB is fine, but make it closer to NASCAR at the same time. Have contract for these players, so they just don’t hope around from team to team when ever they want without an agreement from all parties. That contract is the team’s responsibility though. If a deal is made, it needs to be made for the next year, or a release from your current team and contract is agreed for you to go to your new team that same year. It helps everyone if this was to happen. It also allows teams more time to work out kinks and perfect their team play without having to deal with a player leaving their team at time which wouldn’t make sense. Spectators of the sport will see a much more dynamic team game play from the teams and players.  But until then, we just have to continue to watch players hop from one team to another multiple times a year.


The opinions expressed are solely those of the writer, Craig Francis.
Written Sunday, August 10, 2008