we have heard what the owners and fans have to say but what do the players think about this whole new league situation?
Here is my 2 cents...
As a player, I just want to play, which is why I will be playing next year regardless of what league it will be in. Does piha have problems, yes, more and more every season it seems, but will this new league be able to fix these issues? Maybe, maybe not. They have a great idea about owners running the league, which is what should happen at this point, but that's not really a players issue. What I'm wondering is is this new league going to help the exposure of the teams, league and sport? Because if not then I dont see a point. If we the players are going to play in empty arenas, with no exposure, and sub par officiating, then why break apart piha? Now if there are answers to this in the new league then great, if not, then why start another league? Myself like 99% of the players at the eastern finals were disgusted with the thing. So looking into this new league was inevitable for a lot of us.
I guess I'm hoping that everyone chooses one or the other. If the growl and blaze were in two different leagues, wouldn't they feel slighted by not playing each other ever? Doesn't that ultimately hurt teams and fans by not playing against some of the better teams around? Most of the players I know from at least 10 teams agree that its a joke playing 24 minute games twice a week, no one is happy with officiating, marketing, professionalism etc. Yet you see us show up every weekend and play. Just remember if we didn't show up the league would never happen. And I think that gets lost with league and team owners. You need to take care of the consumers to keep selling the product. This year slighted a lot of people and culminated with players from all over being flown in on money spent by players, now our team had a sponsor but if we didnt I wouldn't up in arms about paying for other players to scrimmage.
The point of this rant is just to let the owners know that even though we dont have a say, we are what make the league run, so if its new league then fine, just make sure the players are dont get the shaft again like the xihl fiasco.