Running a league has no relation to the format of the game.
Subs/mercs, ensuring games go smoothly, admins being readily available in case of match disputes or other issues, providing servers, roster locks, paying out prize winnings on time, etc. None of these are format specific and are generally pretty standard and boring admin tasks. RGL’s success as a league and player growth isn’t because of their ruleset or the gimmicky formats, but because they have a good system in place. Having all formats run in a consistent and semi-professional manner, with the possibility of all the new players who joined RGL trying out 6s is quite appealing. Sigafoo doesn’t interfere with RGL HL and leaves it in Exa’s hands, I doubt it’ll be any different with 6s. RGL is ultimately a business, and the community has shown it can just create a new league if he tried any shenanigans.
Pugchamp doesn’t have the best track record with taking swift action. I don’t think they’re “too late” with regards to NACL and have already made quite a few changes based on feedback, but they better finalize everything soon. League rules and guidelines, anti-sandbagging policies, move-ups and transfers, a functional site (the current one is barebones). The last one isn’t as worrisome for now considering they made pugchamp in a few weeks. Not having a prizepool sucks and I doubt any companies not related to TF2 trading are jumping at the chance of sponsorship, but that shouldn’t be the deciding factor for the leagues. Neither should be Froyo or any other team playing in RGL. I think people should temper their expectations and not commit to either RGL or NACL until we get more info. There’s still lots of time before RGL starts for further NACL announcements.
RGL commencing a day after ESEA ends is also confusing, since there’s really no time for roster swaps or trials. In fact, it hurts playoff teams more than those who didn’t qualify. If this wasn’t done in malice to be the first to start and was genuinely just to accommodate LAN playoffs in winter, why not shorten the offseason after the first season. Or at least ask the community about their opinion so they have a choice. It doesn’t seem fair that the rest of the player base suffers because of the invite LAN. Daffodil should address all that.
For that matter, why does this supposed “LAN” have to be playoff restricted? What if there’s a lot of contention for the 4th place, and the 5th place teams book their non-refundable tickets well in advance but miss out because of the RGL points system? What if Se7en wants to attend the LAN? The best course of action to me seems to be to push back the first season of RGL and separate the LAN from the season to avoid scheduling issues. But this should ultimately be left in the hands of the community and the people that it affects.