NPPL Surf City Open Live on ESPN3.com
Paintball has had a long and unstable relationship with television. Despite being one of the most exciting action sports in the world, paintball is unfortunately equally one of the hardest games to film in a way that captivates viewers. The major leagues of paintball have had sporadic partnerships with everyone from Fox Sports, ESPN and even Dick Clark, but none of that programming ever turned into a long-term solution. This is one problem the National Professional Paintball League (NPPL) may have finally solved.
Over a month ago the league announced that ESPN would be out in full force during the NPPL Surf City Open in Huntington Beach, CA, widely considered to be the premier paintball event of the year. The ESPN crew will be filming all of the professional division matches, which will be shown live in webcast format on ESPN3.com. The NPPL team has been working closely with ESPN to ensure that this production will be unlike any other paintball production that has come before, and the entire paintball industry has turned out in full support of the announcement.
The Surf City Open runs this weekend from April 1st - 3rd and includes a massive tradeshow, divisional matches and more all in the greatest spectator setting in paintball history, the sands of Huntington Beach. Every years tens of thousands of spectators have flocked to NPPL Huntington Beach event, making it easier the most spectator-attended paintball tournament ever.
Here are the times that you can catch the webcast on ESPN3.com
April 1st (Friday) - 9:45am PST until 3:30pm PST
April 2nd (Saturday) - 9:45am PST until 3:30pm PST
April 3rd (Sunday) - 9:45am PST until 4:00pm PST
If you're in the area, spectators can attend the event for free, though there is a small fee to enter the grandsstands to get the best view in the house of the professoinal matches. Come on out, walk the vendor area, test out some new equipment, and enjoy the greatest paintball show on earth.
For more information you can visit the NPPL website