It wasn’t long ago that downtown Nashville was void of electric scooters, now they have flocked the sidewalks, streets and bike lanes. Will the new X-treme Scooter Quidditch League (XSQL) quell some of the angst downtown commuters have with the electric scooter craze?
“No, absolutely not. The damn things are a nuisance! If anything, this so-called professional league will make things worse!” said Harry Smelderfelder who works downtown and is very agitated by the scooters. “This new league only encourages more of them. They need to be gone.”
Shelly Jessy had another viewpoint.
“I actually think this league will help and may even encourage riders to maintain the image of scooters in the area. Having a professional league is going to be cool.”
Jessy plans to participate in the first open tryout on May 15th.
“It will be one of the few leagues that will be co-ed and I think this is a great opportunity for female – or any sexual orientation – rider to get involved.”
Nashville Bootscooter’s team manager, Ryan Cooper, agrees with Jessy.
“We will not discriminate against anyone. If you can master the electric scooter, you will be evaluated without regard to being male, female or any other. We want this to be a league of inclusion as one of the first professional sports league to include anyone. I think this will be one of the main things that will make an impact on scooter riders in the Music City.”
The Bootscooters hope to capitalize on the electric scooter craze and attract some of the more talented riders to make the team and promote the sport along with a positive image of electric scooters.
Nashville will join seven other cities in October when the league begins play. The game will play a variation of quidditch to include riders on electric scooters instead of broomsticks. The XSQL will build Sport Courts which will accommodate electric scooters. The Nashville franchise is still working out a deal on where to set up their home field. Some suggested locations have been The Gulch, Vanderbilt University and a location along the Riverfront.
“We are still working out the details,” Cooper added. “We don’t want to announce anything prematurely until we know for sure and can begin marketing.”
It is expected that the home field will be a temporary location for the team’s seven home games.
Two other teams announced their names this week. The Atlanta Avengers and Austin Scorpions join the Bootscooters, Orlando Wizards and St. Louis Sorcerers in announcing their names. Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco will announce their names next week.
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