I'll be participating in the NASPA Advisory Board's monthly conference call next Thursday (9/25). One of the hot topics of discussion will be the implementation of the TWL3 word list (the tournament version of OSPD5, both of which were released during Nationals in August) for tournament play. The originally announced plan for implementation was to be December 1 of this year, giving tournament players 3+ months to become familiar with the new words before they become official.
If you follow the NASPA page on Facebook (and if you're on FB I strongly encourage you to do so), you already know that this has been quite a controversial issue, for two major reasons. The first is that the updates contain many errors and obvious omissions, and an errata list is already in the works. It is not clear (to me at least) when the errata will be published and become "official".
The second issue (and more significant to most players) is that Hasbro and Merriam-Webster are exerting their corporate muscle in claiming copyright ownership of the word list, and will be no longer allowing free use of electronic versions of the list. This means that the current versions of Zyzzyva, Quackle, Zarf, Aerolith, and other apps/sites that Scrabblers use for study and word adjudication will not automatically be able to update to the new list. This had the consequence of, among other things, throwing the December 1 rollout of the new list into jeopardy.
One (significant) thing that NASPA has done is purchase Zyzzyva and license a deal with Hasbro and M-W to make it available with the new word list to NASPA members free of charge. On one hand, this gives NASPA a lot of leverage vs. other organizations in being able to offer play with the "official" word list, but on the other hand, the licensure issue puts players' ability to do things they've previously taken for granted, like create and share their study lists (and apps using them), into serious jeopardy.
In response to all of this, some of the most outspoken players (and directors) have suggested a number of options, including:
1) Stay with TWL2 (the current list) until the errata and electronic list issues are resolved.
2) Move to CSW (or "Collins", the larger list used by international players, and gaining increasing acceptance by North American players). Its current version is "free" but there's no guarantee its owner couldn't assert its license in the future, similar to Hasbro/M-W. Also, since Hasbro/M-W do not own the CSW list, NASPA would be unlikely to sanction such a move as an organization (although they do currently allow tournament play with the CSW list).
I've attached NASPA's announcement of their acquisition of Zyzzyva below. Of course, as a representative of the Advisory Board, I welcome your feedback and input on any topic, but I'd like if you could give this issue special consideration, and please let me know if you have any strong opinions on it either way. I'd to have at least some idea of club members' feelings on this issue before the conference call so I can represent their interests as effectively as possible.