October IFPA Tournaments are going to POP!

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IFPA and Pinball Outreach Project Team Up For Charity Tournaments

Pinball Outreach Project (POP) is pleased to announce that October will be POP month at the International Flipper Pinball Association (IFPA)! Tournament directors around the country will be holding events to benefit POP and its mission of sharing the joy of pinball with children in need. The funds raised in October will be used by POP to purchase games and bring them to as many children at as many locations around the country as possible.

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RadioShack pinball promotion update

radiopinball_rsbl-660x440As the month long tournament for the Iron Man Vault Edition kicks off, we wanted to share some additional coverage that’s hit for the RadioShack pinball promotion.

Organic coverage continues to spread with placements in The Contra Costa Times, SFGate.com, San Jose Mercury News, and Consumerist, with impressions reaching almost 75 million.

AOL News put together a great video, and the New York Post included the tournament news in their “Weird But True” column.

Flippin’ With the Greats League – Week #2 raffle update!

gannonThe Flippin' With the Greats League raffled off the second prize of the preseason, with Tim Zollner winning a set of 3 Hall of Fame GGAF Medallions featuring players Dan Hampton, Steve Largent, and "Mean" Joe Greene, all with matching serial numbers, along with a set of Penn State medallions from a past Limited Edition promotional strike.

This coming week's random draw prize package for registered FWTG League participants is really special (and valuable!). Gridiron Support and Rich Gannon are showing their appreciation with a VERY limited "proof" (stamped in coin) struck Rich Gannon 2002 MVP Medallion with color fill trim. Only a handful of these Gannon "proof" Medallions were produced, so you want to get your hands on this. None have ever been sold. In addition, Rich has provided us with an autographed action photo. After the winner is drawn, Rich will also be sending along a personal handwritten "thank you" note to the lucky FWTG League player.

Don't sit on the fence…Get in on a shot at this valuable package!

The week #3 prize will be raffled off on August 28th at 9pm CST. All FWTG League members at that time will be eligible for the prize.

A reminder also that the player leading each division at the end of the preseason will win the "Preseason MVP award" and earn a spot into the Grand Final and play for a NIB Pinball Machine. Currently Andrei Massenkoff leads the NFC West, Damien Charlety leads the NFC South, Jon Drew leads the NFC East, Zach Sharpe leads the AFC South and Josh Sharpe leads the NFL North. Updated FWTG standings are available HERE.

For details on the FWTG LEAGUE, including how to register, format, prizes and more, click HERE.

Gridiron Support is currently offering a Preseason 10% discount on "Tier 1" and "Tier 2" IFPA/FWTG personalized League Medallions. In addition, Gridiron Support is offering special "group" sales discounts on Medallion orders of 3 or more. Call Vicki (Gridiron Support) at  612-999-FWTG (3984) for more information!

The Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund (GGAF) is a non-stock, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization providing financial grants and ‘pro bono’ medical assistance to retired NFL players in dire need. The organization focuses on the humanitarian side of post-football related issues, which include coordination of social services to retired players who are in need due to a variety of reasons including inadequate disability and/or pensions.

Get behind Coach Ditka's Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund and "LIKE" Gridiron Support on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/gridironsupport.org.

Huge Tournament Celebrates End of Oakland’s Bizarre 80-Year Pinball Ban

20140818-PINBALL-OAKLAND-0029_edit-660x440Wired Magazine just released an article on the month long IFPA tournament beign held at Radio Shack to celebrate the end of the 80-year pinball ban in the city. Sponsored by Radio Shack, Stern Pinball and the IFPA, players will have all month to compete for a chance to win an Iron Man Vault Editiion machine plus $2500 in cash. Click HERE to check out the article.

Pinball Players Rejoice! RadioShack and Stern Pinball Hail the End of Oakland’s Pinball Prohibition by Hosting Tournament

16f31c3bd228017b35d10c6eIron Man Pro Vault Edition Pinball Machine Ready for Play at Local RadioShack Store–High Score Wins Machine 

OAKLAND, Calif. – August 20, 2014 – For 80 long years, residents of Oakland were banned from playing pinball because the game was viewed as illegal gambling. All that changed last month when the city’s long prohibition on pinball was finally lifted. To celebrate this momentous occasion, RadioShack and Stern Pinball are teaming up to host a month-long pinball tournament inside RadioShack’s new Interactive Remodeled store in Oakland. 

Kicking off on August 20, RadioShack will place a brand new Iron Man Pro Vault Edition machine in its Fruitvale Station store location, with help from Stern Pinball and the International Flipper Pinball Association (IFPA). Participants are welcome to play for free and test their skills, no quarters required and no purchase necessary. More than mere bragging rights are on the line; whoever wins the tournament, wins the machine as a grand prize.  Here’s how the tournament will work:

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Flippin’ With the Greats League – Andrei Massenkoff wins week #1 raffle!

photoThe Flippin' With the Greats League raffled off the first prize of the preseason, with Andrei Massenkoff winning a set of 3 Hall of Fame GGAF Medallions featuring players Dan Hampton, Steve Largent, and "Mean" Joe Greene, all with matching serial numbers.

The prize for week #2 will not only be the same set of 3 Hall of Fame GGAF Medallions featuring players Dan Hampton, Steve Largent, and "Mean" Joe Greene, all with matching serial numbers. In addition, Gridiron Support dug deep into their medallion archives and is offering up these rare Penn State medallions from a past Limited Edition promotional strike. These valuable quality medallions are no longer available anywhere. They were snapped up by Penn State fans shortly after their release.

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PinBrawl 2014 Champions – IFPAPA (Sponsored by MPE)!

IMG_1402.JPG14 teams competed in the 2014 PinBrawl World Team Pinball Championships, held Wednesday August 13th at PAPA HQ. After 3 qualifying rounds, IFPAPA (Sponsored by MPE), made up of Doug Polka (ranked 1018th in the world), Mark Steinman (ranked 215th in the world), Zach Sharpe (ranked 3rd in the world) and Josh Sharpe (ranked 20th in the world) earned a spot in the playoffs by winning POD #2.

In the Semifinal round IFPAPA (Sponsored by MPE) defeated Stoned Drunk! 70-47, and followed that up with a 64-53 victory in the Finals over the defending champion Beavis and the Pin-buttheads. Zach Sharpe earned top honors as PinBrawl 2014's Most Valuable Player, earning 83 MVP points over the course of the tournament. Full results can be found HERE.

2014 PinBrawl World Team Pinball Championships – LIVE Standings!

PINBRAWL1PinBrawl 2014 is underway! We have 14 teams battling for the four spots in the finals. Click HERE to follow the results live as the matches end.

Stern Pinball Expands the IFPA Rewards Program

rewardWorld’s Leading Maker of Arcade-Quality Pinball Adds New Games
and Merchandise to the IFPA Rewards Program

MELROSE PARK, IL – August 12, 2014 – Stern Pinball, Inc. (SPI), the world's oldest and largest producer of arcade-quality pinball games, announced in cooperation with the International Flipper Pinball Association (IFPA) exciting changes to the $tern Rewards Program. The program rewards dedicated players by providing them with the opportunity to use their rewards to purchase new Stern Premium games and other Stern merchandise at special IFPA prices.

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IFPA announces the UK Championship Series!

ifpa uk championship seriesPinball players in the UK are now able to participate in an exciting new nationwide contest, with the launch of the IFPA UK Championship Series.

All the results from IFPA-sanctioned tournaments within the UK during the calendar year will count towards the IFPA UK Championship Series, including every main and side tournament. 

At the end of the year, the 20 top-ranked players will qualify for the national Series Final to be held the following January or February.  The Series Final will take place in different parts of the country each year, and will feature cash prizes to be won in every round, as well as cash and trophies for the top four players.

Every result from UK tournaments played so far this year has already been included in the rankings, giving the remaining tournaments an extra level of excitement with those qualifying places for the Series Final at stake.The IFPA UK Championship Series was devised by Craig Pullen and Greg Mott, and realised with the assistance of the IFPA’s Country Director, Martin Ayub. 

Full rules, schedules and current rankings are now available on the IFPA website at: ifpapinball.com/ukcs