Michigan Roller Derby Growth Doubles National Average

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Out of 737 roller derby leagues in the United States, 28 are from Michigan – twice the average number of leagues per state, according to roller derby consultant Bob Noxious, a Doer for Brown Paper Tickets. A Detroit-area roller derby tournament Oct. 6-7 coordinated by Noxious features first All-Star bout between Detroit and “Killamazoo,” Junior Roller Derby “Darlings of Destruction,” and benefits US Veterans and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

"Michigan is a hotbed for Roller Derby love," said Bob Noxious, a Doer specializing in roller derby for Brown Paper Tickets, and an expert on roller derby announcing.

In 28 cities across Michigan, the whistles blow and the crowds cheer as rinks become the stages and playing fields for the fastest-growing women’s sport in the state, roller derby. Out of 737 roller derby leagues in the nation, 28 are from Michigan – twice the average number of leagues per state. A tournament for 8 teams in Michigan, plus a first-ever All-Star bout between Detroit and “Killamazoo,” a junior derby bout, and more, will be held at Joe Dumar’s Fieldhouse, 45300 Mound Road in Shelby Township next Saturday and Sunday, Oct 6-7. Tickets are $16.52-52.74, including all fees, through Brown Paper Tickets at http://mittenmashup.brownpapertickets.com/. Kids under 12 are free.

Proceeds will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and free tickets to the event are available for US veterans, active military and their families through a partnership between Brown Paper Tickets and Vet Tix. Veterans can sign up to be eligible for free tickets to this event and many others throughout the year, here: http://www.vettix.org/signup.php. Those who want to help veterans can also purchase tickets to be donated to veterans for this event through http://mittenmashup.brownpapertickets.com/.

The resurgence of Roller Derby is a global phenomenon,” said Bob Noxious, a professional consultant to the roller derby industry who offers his services free of charge through the Doer program at Brown Paper Tickets. “There are more than 1200 roller derby teams worldwide, and most of them have just started in the last 10 years. Michigan is a hotbed for Roller Derby love.” Noxious should know; as a correspondent for http://www.RollerDerbyRadio.com, he shares industry news and skaters’ stories on a weekly radio show and podcast.    

On Saturday, the tournament will pit eight roller derby teams from Detroit, Kalamazoo, Ann Arbor, Brighton, Grand Rapids, Kalkaska and Lansing against each other in tournament play, ending in the first-ever All-Star bout between Detroit and Killamazoo. Sunday will offer more tournament play, ending in a bout to see who will take home the coveted Kitten Cup! Sunday also includes a junior derby girls bout featuring the top Michigan Junior Roller Derby Association team - the Darlings of Destruction.

About Brown Paper Tickets: Brown Paper Tickets (http://www.BrownPaperTickets.com), the Not-Just-For-Profit ticketing company, revolutionized the industry by putting free, professional tools for ticketing any-sized gathering in the hands of everyone, and continues to champion the rights of ticket-buyers with one of the lowest fees in the industry. Choosing to give more and take less as a part of its business model, the company donates a portion of each ticket sale to charity, pays its employees to work 40 hours each year for the cause of their choosing, and employs a team of “Doers,” experts in industries such as comedy, music, new media, makers, roller derby and more, to “do good” for the communities they serve.

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