Is Derby in the right size venue (or too big or too small)?


Is Derby in the right size venue (or too big or too small)?.

Many leagues have found out that the venue they are playing in is not the right size anymore……if you are not getting a crowd that satisfies your needs, do not wait too long to move….cost must always be a deciding factor…..and don’t be concerned if you have to move “smaller”, the larger venues will be always happy to take your money later….the venue must always fit your crowd expectations……1000 people in a 10,000 seat venue is like playing in a tomb….I know, I have been there.

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The end of an Era: Derby News Network, in memorium.


Jerry Seltzer:

This is the Scottish Roller Derby blog…….check them out and follow

Originally posted on scottish roller derby:

By now, those of you reading this are probably aware that Derby News Network is no more.

In what appears to be a final update (posted on the 9th of September, after the completion of their coverage of WFTDA D1 Playoffs), the DNN team announced that “As of today, Derby News Network is retired.”

For seven years, Derby News Network worked to provide third-party coverage of roller derby, first in the USA, and then increasingly worldwide. They brought, usually free, streamed video from bouts as they happened. They provided bout recaps for the most important bouts (without DNN, the coverage of the first ever Women’s Roller Derby World Cup, an internationally important event, would have been almost non-existent), with impressively rapid turn-around, licensed for free use and reproduction by the entire community. They provided scores and rankings and news about all of the derby that they could know about (not…

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what if Roller Derby controlled all the media sources?


It is ok if it is a benevolent dictatorship…..at least that was my justification.

Because I did……but such a different situation.

I know, with DNN gone, Leadjammer magazine and Blood and Thunder not printing (but going online), it doesn’t leave much choice in getting information on all skating, games, scores, upcoming events by USARS, RD banked track, MADE, Renegade, or even the multitude of WFTDA and affiliated leagues, and other forms of Derby.

When I started operating Roller Derby there was no cable, satellite, personal computers, social media, whatever you are so used to.

There were radio, newspapers, and television…..and except for New York and Los Angeles, never more than a handful of TV stations in a market.

We hit at exactly the right time: videotape (2 inch for broadcast) had just been developed and KTVU in SF/Oakland had a machine……so for our live telecasts on Sunday they would tape the last hour, which would be replayed the following Saturday morning, getting good ratings for the station and us a boost for the weekend games. And we didn’t have to pay the expensive pick up costs to videotape games.

And when we had a request to provide a tape for a station in Portland (KPTV), we found a sponsor to cover the cost from KTVU ($400!) and our syndication was under way. Within a few years we were on 120 stations in the US and Canada and shipping tapes and copies to all of them.

Of course we controlled the content within the tapes, having our own information (training schools, mailing lists, rules, promos for upcoming games throughout the US) and this was generally the only information the 15 million viewers weekly had about this game.

And we published the Roller Derby Reporter…..a monthly “house” journal of all the activities within the sport. I was publisher, need I say more?

Herb Michelson, an excellent sports reporter with the Oakland Tribune and AP, moonlighted as editor and writer. We had such fun with it, reporting on rule changes (well, maybe one) the Commissioners had decided on during the annual meeting in exotic locations (I believe 1970 was the Bahamas), and the skater of the month, the feuds within the league, the potential for games in Mexico and on and on.

But it was all in fun and aimed at promoting our profit-making (well, not all the time) play for pay enterprise. And believe or not, a number of newspapers were reporting our upcoming tours, scores and features.

Today there are so many ways to let the world know about Derby. Unfortunately, the best one to date has disappeared.

For those who think the best way to get your news out is to limit how it can be done, you are wrong.

Roller Derby is a DIY, maverick, cult, empowerment enterprise by tens of thousands of individuals……let us hope the gap will be filled.

PS. Scott Pio just informed me that Rollin’ News will soon be picking up the mantle soon…..I hope so……

I like women, phase 2….hate writing about another Derby woman


Usually I get a little bit excited about composing another post to my blog, but not today.

Many of you remember my post several years back “I Like Women” about the terrible violence done to Lori Milkeris, and how her recovery (helped by many of you) continues even today.

And out of her story came the facebook site “Derby against Domestic Violence”, a private site I hope those who need it wlll join, over 2600 have.

Well, I was excited when Astoria in Clatsop County Oregon –  just a few miles from my summer nirvana for all my life, Seaside -formed a Derby team, Shanghaied Roller Derby. My father invented Roller Derby and we had a home in Seaside and our family gave Seltzer Park to the community.  I have become friends with some and hope to get up for a game in the beautiful restored armory.

And one (who I correspond with but have never met) is a beautiful single mother of three, with an excellent profession, but struggling as most seem to be these days.  Several months ago she broke up with her boyfriend after a violent confrontation, and managed to get a restraining order, which seems to be meaningless.

He almost stalks her, scares her children, and sends terrible messages to her friends, and has tried to ruin her reputation….she is distraught, and gets no help from the police.  Apparently they visited him, and ended up in a “good old boy” encounter at his place of work.  This is not his first rodeo; he has had such restraining orders in the past, and was an MMA type fighter also, which makes it more scary.

 Her life is in shambles, she does not know what to do.  Women are in such a disadvantage in our society, especially in the “villages” such as Astoria.

I am not certain why I am even writing this, but there must be help out there in our world of sisters and brothers.

Help.