Decks are cleared for the launch of the Pro Volleyball League in India. The Delhi High Court on Tuesday has dismissed Sportzlive & Entertainment’s petition for a stay on the launch of the Pro Volleyball league. The sports management firm had pleaded that it holds the exclusive rights to organise the “Men’s and Women’s and Beach Volleyball League” in India. The petitioner had pleaded that their agreements with the Volleyball Federation of India still subsist.
The court ruling on Tuesday laid any doubts to rest about the launch of the Pro Volleball league. Baseline Ventures are the Volleyball Federation of India’s legitimate commercial partners for the league.
The VFI secretary-general Ramavtar Singh Jhakhar, reacting to the court verdict, said the “truth has prevailed. It is a big victory for Indian Volleyball.
“The league is more than a commercial venture for us and our partners Baseline Ventures. The league will be a big boost for the sport and serve as the vehicle for our major aim of leading India into the 2024 Olympic Games. India’s qualification for the 2024 Paris Games is our next big goal. The league will be a the right stepping stone to achieve that,” said Jhakhar. “Baseline Ventures has a proven track record. Indian volleyball is all set to enter a new era with our commercial associates”.
Baseline Ventures had on Monday released the timings for the “six-team Pro Volleyball league”. The sports management firm has further stated that the RFP to acquire the teams will be floated on May 15 and each team shall be offered at a base price of ₹3 crore.
Baseline Ventures have also released a promotional video for the league on their social media platforms.
Baseline Ventures have announced to launch the Pro Volleyball league in September this year. Player auction, scheduled for July, will have a pool of 90 Indian players to pick from. The foreign players will be picked via player draft.
The VFI and Baselien Ventures have signed a 10-year commercial rights agreement for the Pro Volleyball League.