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KEE Action Sports Buys XO Industries

Originally Posted by Propaintball.com

This morning we learned that KEE Action Sports Group has purchased Canadian paintball manufacture and product distributor XO Industries. XO has a large foothold in the Canadian market place and has been steadily gaining ground in the United States marketplace by selling quality paintballs at low prices. XO currently manufactures a large line of paintball products including but not limited to several different grades of paintballs, both on and off the field gear and markets to the scenario players under the brand Gen-X-Global. KEE Action Sports has several high profile and extremely successful brands such as BT for the scenario players, a full line RPS Paintballs under the brands EVIL and RPS, and EMPIRE branded playing gear. The two companies will be working to consolidate their brands under one name and distribution network and we can only speculate as to which one is going to win out. However, the real shake up will take place at the end of the season when teams contracts are renegotiated and KEE/XO determine which teams to keep in their Pro stable. KEE currently sponsors the Russian Legion, San Diego Dynasty, Infamous, San Antonio X-Factor and Tampa Bay Damage. XO currently sponsors Edmonton Impact, New England Hurricanes, Orange County Bushwackers and Portland Naughty Dogs. From what we understand, XO Industries has reassured the sponsored teams that their contracts and agreements will be honored. With budgets tightening and the natural focus of acquisition teams being to cut costs and cut out the overlap between the two companies, one can only speculate that they will refocus their sponsorship on an elite group. The deal between KEE and XO is a major move that further consolidates the paint manufacturing industry; on one side we have Procaps/DXS who recently merged with Archon/ZAP, and on the other, KEE merging with PMI and XO. Paintball is going to get interesting!

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NPPL Commander’s Cup Pro Prelimination Results

The NPPL Commander’s Cup has seen two days of some of the best that paintball has to offer and has shown who has what it takes to be playing for all the glory on Sunday in the finals. A surprise after coming from another World Cup win is the Los Angeles Ironmen not making it onto Sunday but that is the difference between Xball and NPPL 7man. Check out the Team Ironmen website to see some footage from the PSP World Cup.

Here are the Pro teams that made it through at the Commander’s Cup for 2008

Group One:

San Diego Dynasty
DC Arsenal
OC Bushwackers
Oakland Blast

Group Two:

Tampa Bay Damage
Portland Naughty Dogs
Jersey Authority
Edmonton Impact

For the rest of the Pro bracket here is how the ranking went

9. X-Factor 433 team points
10. Aftershock 427 team points
11. XSV 423 team points
12. Avalanche 401 team points
13. NXE Army (Pittsburgh All Americans) 343 team points
14. Aftermath 335 team points
15. Rage 264 team points
16. Infamous 263 team points
17. Hurricanes 257 team points
18. Ironmen 178 team points

Be sure to watch the live broadcast of the finals at NPPL.com

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