I am working on a business plan to open my own game store (Game Knight of Maine). We will have a heavy focus on community (events, sponsoring things at schools, ect.).
I want to try to start a gaming league in my town, possibly move onto a state-wide level. Is there anything like that out there?
Personally I think a gaming league is a bit antithetical to a lot of the community stuff. A league may appeal to those who are very keen gamers and who like the competitive nature of things however I think for most games and most people they play games (and board games in particular) as a way of socialising, of having some fun. I certainly don't see a league as offering much to those who mainly game in a family setting. Even outside families there will be gamers who don't want to be in a competitive league or tournament. If the league is just an added extra and doesn't seem to be the raison d'etre of the shop it shouldn't unduly have a negative effect on people through the door.
Also with a gaming league there are a number of challenges. First of all does each game have its own league or is there some synthesis of results going on? If the latter how do you handle differing player numbers? Also what about other ways of gaming the system like playing lots of short light games versus someone who played a long heavy game.