Over 60 NPC Florida Shows in 2016?
Carlos Rodriguez of Miami wrote at his Facebook site on Nov. 30, "Florida...ARE YOU READY!?!? Its going down October 2016! We are bringing a Shawn Rhoden show to S. Florida. My amazing sister Maria Fucci-Bellando made this possible. She has been working tirelessly to bring Florida her own production and here it is."
According to FloridaNPC.or there were 56 NPC events in Florida in 2015 (Source link). That was a record number of contests in recent years with growing numbers of pro shows and national qualifiers to accompany growing interest and participation in new divisions.
In the last quarter of 2015 there have been announcements and launches of websites for various new shows already on the contest calendar for 2016. Rich Alvarez is promoting the NPC Outdoor Classic to be held Jan. 30, 2016 in Parkland, Florida (www.npcoutdoorclassic.com). Tim Gardner announced the Oct. 28-29, IFBB Mel Chancey Pro at his www.TimGardnerProductions.com site and Karina Nascimento has announced her Feb. 20, 2016 IFBB & NPC contest at www.karinanascimentoclassic.com
Its will be unclear until after the Florida NPC Sanctioning meetings in the North, Central and South Florida districts in December as to the total number of shows scheduled. Its also unclear if all sanctioning fees have been paid for announced shows as that was traditionally a requirement prior to the show date announcements at the FloridaNPC.org.
A further note is that there are increasingly shows on the same dates in Florida some within two hundred miles of one another which puts the events in direct competition for area team athletes. Whereas some states limited number of contests may contribute to their having over 600 competitors at those events Florida NPC events top out at under 300 including crossover athletes multiple times.
We covered twenty-two Florida contests in 2015 and look forward to what coverage opportunities are available in 2016 while working with our individual and corporate clients schedules.