All good things come to an end… last Rollercon coming up

I think I have been to 8, but not certain.

But this one is my last.  Lots of reasons but mostly personal.

I will go out with a bang:  hosting final interactive Brown Paper Tickets seminar Thursday, July 28, 3:15 pm room S456 at the Westgate.

talking about make your events successful and a lot more.  prizes, of course.  hope you all come.

I hope you will come and see me during the week.  I will be either at Brown Paper Tickets in the admission section, or with my buddy Doug at the Roll Models (uniform) booth, or walking around…but only on Thursday will you be able to hear my priceless words of wisdom.

Two of my Derby wives will be on hand:  Val Capone and Donna “Hot Flash”, but will miss Lara Irons, Lori Milkeris, and Carly Marie.  And Barbara Dolan and Bob Noxious aren’t coming either, nor is Szerdi Nagy or Mellfire or too many others, but I know about 5000 of you will be there, so no chance of being lonely.

And I still am with Brown Paper Tickets and always accessible to discuss anything with you……what kind of company hires somebody when they are 80 and only cares that its clients are satisfied?  honestly, nobody like them.

see you round the pool

The Commissioner



let’s go back 5 years to when Roller Derby filled arenas

In 2010 I was invited to come to Denver to help promote the Denver Dolls first game in the beautiful arena in Broomfield.

If you have 8 minutes, please watch the video from Denver television. I was actually on several tv stations, radio stations, and newspapers. It was a great promotion and as you can see, I can use the background of sports promotion in helping modern derby. if you go to my home page on facebook, the cover shows the results for that first game, and it was so exciting. And I met Robin Bond and did my first interview for “Derby Baby”.

If you cannot bring up the interview, go to my home page (Jerry Seltzer) and play it:

The interview:

As we get full swing in Playoff and championship season, let us work together on getting the big crowds back to watch the most exciting sport in the world.

And as you may note, Roller Derby has helped me lose 25 pounds since this interview, and I don't even skate.

OK, a bit of humble pie to WFTDA

I think that those of us who were fortunate enough to have watched the finals last weekend from Milwaukee saw in the final 4 games what modern Roller Derby aspires to.

And WFTDA really got it right.

From the Divisionals to the Finals, generally the best leagues made it through. And the quality of the games showed it.

The semifinals were astonishing; I personally thought no team could come anywhere close to Gotham, but the BAD girls proved me wrong, and Texas almost pulled off the impossible. It is so good for the game that there are leagues that can play that way.

And people were able to see what active pack players add to the game. And next year if the new rules in beta testing are approved, I think you will see the game on a huge new level.

I can hardly wait!

it is now truly international

We saw how well the London Roller Girls did in their regional…..They almost toppled Denver (one of my all time favorite leagues!), and probably learned a lot about the style of play and officiating on this side of the pond.

I hope to be in Salem for the regional there in a few weeks. Once again there will be a lot of interest on the Victoria (Melbourne) team. And I feel they will do very well and will get to the Championships. (I picked two out of three finalists from Ft.Wayne! Ohio was really such a long shot I honestly didn’t consider them, but they are a real threat in Milwaukee).

The full balance of talent is not world-wide yet, but it will be. Maybe someday we will see 6 10-team leagues worldwide in a Division 1 situation. I predict it will happen within 5 years, with another 2000 leagues in 60 countries that will be Division 2 through Division 10.

Forget the Olympics…….the boulder rolls on unimpeded!