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Founded in 2235 by the enterprising Nitka Sisters, the Combat Prospectors' Interplanetary Association is the governing body of "sport" asteroid mining.  Though CPIA (usually pronounced "see-pee-uh") has no legal authority over non-sport mining, the popularity (and profitability) of broadcast competitive mining gives the k-corp sufficient clout that even members of the Grand Council pay heed to its dictates.
 
Because mining itself is generally a feast-or-famine industry, CPIA's broadcast royalties and bonuses make an attractive income supplement.  Blasting an enemy drone with a missile is often a net loss on the company's balance sheet, but CPIA's "kill" bonus could bring the exchange back into the black.  As such, virtually all mining corporations have contracts with CPIA spelling out terms, restricting (and fining) "unsportsmanlike" conduct (such as attacking harvesters or swearing during a match), and providing for nearly unfettered access to pilot's personal lives.  The fans need their gossip, after all.
 
CPIA started the Sky Cup competition in 2240 with a roster of 14 teams, many of them from companies that are now part of the Grand Council- either directly or through mergers.  By 2290, the popularity of the games had become so great that matches are now broadcast year-round.  Most of the year, teams simply compete to rack up enough qualifying wins without losing more matches than their competition.  The top ten percent of teams system-wide compete in the Titanic Ten qualifiers.  From these teams, a total of 24 "Flagship Teams" enter the actual Sky Cup.
 
Each of the Flagship Teams earns a raft of corporate sponsors, especially those most closely associated with the team's "home" Economic Opportunity Zone (we used to call these countries, provinces, or states).  For instance, when the Bazinga Bombers made it to the 2312 Sky Cup, they received sponsorship from Parthenorbital and a host of m-corps and k-corps in the California EOZ.  Though they washed out in the "Grinder" (first round), several members became rich enough to retire to the upper levels of the Hollywood arcology.
 
Sky Cup matches proceed through four stages of battles:
 
Grinder
In the first round, three teams square off three times on the same asteroid, each time from a different bore hole.  These teams then move to other asteroids while another three teams fight on their asteroids.  By the end of the Grinder, each team will have scored between 0 and 6 wins.  The top 12 teams progress to the second round- teams tied at the cutoff point fight a single "sudden death" tiebreaker, with the winner progressing.
 
Knockout Round
In the second round, each of the twelve remaining teams also receives sponsorship from one of the Zodiac Stations.  These matches involve four teams fighting on three different asteroids.  After four matches (each from a different bore hole), the teams rotate asteroids so that each team will play all three maps and score between 0 and 12 wins.  The top 6 teams move on to the third round- ties are settled as before.
 
Dueling Round
In the third round, each team fights a single other team in three battles on the same asteroid.  The top-ranked team fights the bottom-ranked team, the second-ranked team fights the second-to-last team, and the two middle teams battle.  Each round the teams switch bore holes.  The first team in each pair to score two wins moves on to the finals.
 
Finals
The CPIA Sky Cup finals consist of a series of three-way battles.  Each battle takes place on a new asteroid and the first team to score three wins takes the Sky Cup.
 
Note: I'm thinking that the Sky Cup probably runs from about mid-February to mid-March.  Many schoolchildren mistakenly interpret Shakespeare's warning about the Ides of March to be about the unpredictability of the finals, which often happen then.

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Sounds interesting, it seems alittle like the Hunger Games for some reason I can't put my finger on.


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:blink: Hunger Games?


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Something about the competition, I still can't put my finger on it.
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Maybe the 12 Zodiac sponsors?

 

I was really going for FIFA, but... :)


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