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A Vision For A Professional Battling League: Local Fighters, Team Owners, And Fans There is, and always has been, a problem worldwide of expert battling: Unlike virtually any other sport, a single entity controls the players. In boxing, a single well-known promoter almost messed up the sport (and probably did) with the method he managed and controlled fighters and matches. Now, in the growing sport of combined martial arts (MMA), the leading brands manage the pair up and, when it comes to the International Fight League, own the teams. In contrast, the leading sports franchises of our day-- the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL-- all was successful based on regional groups, regional owners, and regional fans interacting to create something larger and higher than a single owner ever could. Group owners gave up a bit in order to create something genuinely unique. It is time for a comparable vision to come to fruition in the battling world. Bonecrunch Fighting is a new league-based battling organization based upon precisely this idea. In this league, regional owners develop groups with as lots of regional fighters as possible, in order to acquire the support of regional fans. The league is structured like a franchise, and seeks entrepreneurs with financial staying power to own and develop successful groups. Results up until now include: - An inaugural event that sold out a 3600 seat arena in Sarasota Florida. - Top sponsors consisting of the United States Marines and Budweiser. - Creation of the necessary legal documents to sell a franchise to certified and interested team owners. - Assembly of a top management group with management and fighting market expertise. - Development of design template marketing products, task management tools, and agreements to successfully run events. - Agreements with 5 leading MMA trainers and school owners (with four more in the works) who have put fighters into leading companies. These fitness instructors have a cadre of outstanding regional fighters ready to take on other groups-- and all set to work as "turn crucial" groups when a team owner buy their geography. - Interest from a variety of entrepreneurs to acquire the rights to a group. The benefits of this design become clearest when a network of a minimum of 5 or six teams is running. At that point, the league can begin to bring in national and regional sponsors, and television/pay per view interest-- the type of acknowledgment that no local promoter can produce independently. The brand name equity of the league will grow as fans support their local teams towards the play-offs and inter-league title/all-star occasions. In addition to putting on league events in their locations, team owners are totally free to experiment with different principles, including expert and amateur fights, tournaments, and different kinds of combating formats (i.e., grappling, wrestling, stand up battle, boxing, and other formats that become popular). Due to the fact that the league is aiming to achieve critical mass, preliminary franchises are priced at only $20,000 (as compared to most other franchises, sports or otherwise, and the discount is substantial). This advantageous prices gives early adopters the opportunity to recognize a considerable capital gain, since later owners will pay a premium. At the very same time, Bonecrunch carefully screens prospective owners making sure that they have the long-lasting vision and needed capital for their group, and the league, to succeed. Contrast this principle with its closest competitor, the International Fight League (IFL). The IFL has actually raised over $15 million dollars to produce league-owned groups and attract television deals. Its stock cost has had a roller coaster trip and presently trades at under $1 after reaching highs of $17 and the league has a hard time to include costs and achieve earnings. Bonecrunch is a grassroots effort that needs much less capital from a group of dedicated team owners, fitness instructors, and fighters in order to prosper. By using the franchise model, Bonecrunch can grow naturally and accomplish emergency with a comparably tiny financial investment. Time will inform if this design can succeed in the extremely competitive, fickle, and regulated world of battling. Nevertheless, it is time to bring this design to exactly what has actually been a centrally managed sport and find out what kind of distinction it can make-- to fans, fighters, and the entrepreneurs who acquire a franchise and owned and operate an expert sports team. In contrast, the leading sports franchises of our day-- the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL-- all succeeded based on regional teams, regional owners, and local fans working together to develop something larger and greater than a single owner ever could. In this league, regional owners develop teams with as lots of regional fighters as possible, in order to gain the assistance of regional fans. The brand equity of the league will grow as fans support their regional teams towards the play-offs and inter-league title/all-star events. In addition to putting on league occasions in their locations, group owners are complimentary to experiment with different ideas, consisting of amateur and professional battles, competitions, and different types of fighting formats (i.e., grappling, wrestling, stand up combat, boxing, and other formats that become popular). At the same time, Bonecrunch carefully screens potential owners to make sure that they have the long-lasting vision and required capital for their group, and the league, to be successful.