Wow, Spartan get it off your chest! But really, I agree with everything you say. The NPF has been around for 16 years and yet they are not at the same place as when they started, but a lot further behind. They should be sitting at 16 teams by now! I have done the checking, and for the life of me I just can't see what's going on with those NPF people.
Like I have posted many times, the NPF should have someone sitting on corporate America's doorstep! I tell you if I owned that league, corporate America would know me by sight as I would be knocking weekly, if not daily! The TV networks would also be seeing me on a weekly basis!
I still feel the biggest drawback to a network TV contract is that it is only a "part-time league." I see where, heck, even Little League Softball is on TV regularly! There are some unknown leagues on TV fairly regularly also. Why is that? Has the NPF "burnt its bridges" with network TV? Has it even gone to the "lesser" networks, like women's soccer did? It just doesn't add up! The individual teams have to take a stand to make changes at the top that will help the league long-term!
As an "intellectual exercise" I have put together 6-, 8-, 10- & 12-team leagues across the country. If done right,a full-time league will work! What if there were four teams each in a California division, a Texas division, a Southeastern division, a Northern division and East Coast division? Teams could play other teams that are close to them most often, cutting down on costs, since travel seems to be the most expensive part of league operation.
Man, i could go on for days about this stuff? Don't anyone get me wrong, I love Professional Softball, the players are Fantastic Athletics, every bit as skilled as their male counterparts! One see's Athletic plays regularly that even the men marvel about! I just want to see all the Pro Softball Players make a 'livable' wage at their 'craft'! I want to be able to watch these talented Women all year long doing their thing, hitting, throwing and catching that yellow ball! Fastpitch is the only Pro Sport I follow with any consistency, I can't tell you the MLB teams, except the World Series, that made the playoffs. I no longer watch baseball, not even the WS! But I can tell you who played in the NPF & WCWS Championships, even the World Championships!
I even make up a NPF draft list every year and am surprised at how close I come being right! Heck, I already have my 'master' list of college seniors that I will be watching this season! Do you want to know my picks for the 2018 NPF season? I'm on it folks!
Professional Fastpitch Softball, The Greatest Game, with The World's Greatest Players!!!!!!