The 2018 NPF championship has been moved back to Rosemont, Illinois for the 2018 season. Rosemont is located just outside of Chicago and is the home of the Chicago Bandits. The championships will take place from August 16th-20th.
The NPF is also doing away with playoffs! The two top teams from the NPF regular season will face off in the championship game in August. A traditional playoff system is not particularly compatible with a five-team league, so the new format fits the league better. With a traditional playoff system there is also a chance, which has happened in recent history, that the league's most recognizable team USSSA Pride will not play for the championship. And that is something the league cannot risk!
I was surprised to read in the article that after the Championship Series was last held in Rosemont in 2013, the NPF owners made a policy forbidding the Championship Series from being played at the home stadium of an NPF team. WHY WOULD THEY MAKE THAT POLICY?!? My only guess is some spiteful owners were upset that the Rosemont series in 2013 was a success and they wanted to put a stop to it? Or they couldn't agree on revenue sharing for tickets and concessions, and the only solution was to always have the championships at a 3rd party location?
Moving the championship back to Rosemont, Illinois is the only NPF decision over the past several months that has made any sense. Better to play at a stadium that fans will go to than an empty minor league ballpark in the south that no one goes to.
It should be an interesting season!