As part of the recent hailstorm of RSD commentary on the issue of Conference 1, several posters have questioned The Huddle's involvement in the publicity (which is appropriate, since we broke the story initially).
The Huddle's editors are deeply involved in Western Washington Ultimate, a team which has been invited to Conference 1. Needless to say, receiving an offer sheet that details high-level local tournaments and a guaranteed shot at a National championship, in addition to financial incentives and free jerseys, was intriguing to the coaches. Western Washington has made no decision yet regarding C1.
One of The Huddle's editors (Mr. Wiggins) was approached about being on the C1 Board of Directors. Mr. Wiggins refused, citing the impossibility of being involved and continuing to run The Huddle objectively.
We approached Cultimate about describing the situation on our website. The Cultimate directors and The Huddle editors have a personal relationship. They agreed to provide us with information if and only if we allowed them to contact UPA officials and some of the teams before we went to press. We agreed, under the assumption that good coverage required the facts that Cultimate could provide and continued access to their goals, conversations, and planning.
We felt it was important to give as much information to the public, as well as an objective and informed opinion, as early as possible. We feel this has at least given the RSD maelstrom some real information to consider, instead of purely wild conjecture. Any insinuation that The Huddle is a publicity arm of Cultimate is blatantly and ignorantly false. We will continue to provide coverage of this important issue as best, and as objectively, as we can.
Our main thought stands: We think that C1 has potential to be a step forward for Ultimate, as well as a significant possibility for being a large and disruptive failure.
Please continue to write to us with your opinions, edits, and concerns at email@example.com.