I am very excited about going back to Denver soon for the tournament November 11 through 13.
A year and a half ago an old friend from the ticketing days contacted me and since he is now the grand poobah in Denver with AEG (one of the two largest promoters of talent and building operators), he had taken over the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, Colorado, halfway between Denver and Boulder and had made a promotional arrangement with the Roller Dolls. He invited me to their game and I flew into town.
I hadn’t been back since 1974 when Hal and I started our ticketing company and promoter Barry Fey as our first client. And Chuck Morris operated a club called “Ebbets Field”. I think you can guess where he was from originally. Chuck actually was our first client.
Well a lot has gone on since then, and today Chuck has a lot on his plate, from Bon Jovi to Justin Bieber, and much of what goes on in the Rocky Mountain state.
When I arrived, he had me booked on TV, radio and newspaper, and I gladly talked about Roller Derby, modern Derby, and why it is such a great up and coming sport. I met with the league, and at that time didn’t know anyone (pre-facebook), but soon realized I have a huge family. I also was able to go to the training center for the Rocky Mountain Roller Girls and was greeted just as warmly.
At the game the next night (the B team skated against Ogden, and Candis Rose had me autograph her panties – a new experience for me) – and the Denver team played Texas.
The building where this year’s Championship is being held is breathtaking; it seems as though it was built for Roller Derby. It has 7000 comfortable seats, great lighting and sound, all the electronic running lights, a huge jumbotron, and more. I know many of you will watch on WFTDA.com, but if you are near Denver, please join me and the thousands of others to see the 12 teams, the best out of the 1093 in the 36 countries that have leagues. There will be continuous action over three days. I met with so many women and men last year in Chicago who were at the Championships just to watch, learn and cheer.
I actually will be working in a booth (not all the time) with Doug Martin of completeteamoutfitters.com who provides uniforms for so many other sports and brings the professionalism to our game that I believe it needs. Also, (I wear a number of hats), I will show you how just with your cell phone (and everyone else’s) you can now provide completely paperless ticketing for your event; and I will be introducing the “Seltzer” line of products, with the design talents of Judi Flowers, Judy Alexander, and rock and roll patriarch Jeff Axelrod (among other things, he was responsible for the Grateful Dead skull logo).
I am going to have fun, party hearty, but mainly watch some of the greatest athletes in the world put forth all of their efforts to attain glory. Actually you might say they have already as they made it to the finals.
The only time you will see me leave the arena (when I am not working) is if anyone chooses to do the slow and stop play. But as Commissioner, that is my prerogative.
Mainly, though, I will just enjoy what I believe is rapidly becoming the most exciting sport ever. And I will be cheering for all those who have come before.
Thank you all for not only keep the game alive, but for making it “totally awesome”.
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