JT Paintball has just informed members of the media that they will be renewing their sponsorship with professional paintball team Sacramento XSV for the 2014 season. Below is the release:
For Immediate Release 1/15/2014
JT Paintball Announces Continuation of Sponsorship with Sacramento XSV for 2014
Today, JT Paintball announced that their sponsorship of Sacramento XSV would continue into the 2014 season.
Rich Telford, Captain and Owner of Sacramento XSV – “The JT ProFlex, JT FX line of soft goods, JT Impulse, and Empire Evil paintballs have been outstanding for us. We are very happy to be continuing our relationship with JT and continue to help bring this iconic brand back to the top in tournament Paintball.”
Billy Ceranski, VP of Marketing at KEE Action Sports – “We are excited to continue our relationship with Sacramento XSV. This team has shown a resiliency over the years to bounce back after a subpar year and compete at a high level, which is what we expect them to do in 2014; they are committed to growing the sport of paintball and are great ambassadors of the sport and JT Paintball. We look forward to a strong 2014 season.”
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KEE Action Sports LLC is the worldwide leader in the manufacturing and distribution of paintball sporting goods and the exclusive source for JT Paintball, Empire, Empire Battler Tested, JT SplatMaster, and Spyder brand products.
While this is good news for the Sacramento based team, the wording of the release does raise some eyebrows – specifically, “This team has shown a resiliency over the years to bounce back after a subpar year and compete at a high level, which is what we expect them to do in 2014”. For our new readers, it’s important to know that JT and XSV have had a long history, and because of this it is unlikely that the XSV-JT relationship ever stops. But, it’s one of the few times in their history that JT has acknowledged XSV’s on-field struggles.
2013 was a mixed bag for XSV who started with devastatingly, dismal, results: 14th out of 15 at the Dallas Open, dead last at the Mid Atlantic Open and 16th out of 20 at the Chicago Open, in June. By July the team began clicking and finished 4th at the West Coast Open and made the podium at World Cup, taking 3rd in the Challengers Division. Unfortunately with the loss of Thomas Taylor – who has been an integral cog in the XSV machine for years – 2014 has started similarly to 2013. Hopefully the team will be able to rebound, and finish the 2014 offseason as well as the 2013 regular season.