THE Premier Volleyball League’s new status to become a professional league will be formally announced when it holds an online press conference with the Games and Amusements Board today.
Team owners from Creamline, Choco Mucho, PetroGazz, Motolite and Perlas, as well as well as top officials from guest teams BaliPure, Chef’s Classics, Army and Air Force will attend the at 6 p.m. official announcement via Zoom.
The precursor of the defunct V-League, which initially started as a school-based league in 2004 and became a club competition seven years later, the PVL will become the country’s first pro volleyball league.
Sports Vision president Ricky Palou is looking forward for the PVL’s change of status once the league gets government permission to restart the tournament next year.
The PVL being a pro league will automatically shut the doors for the student-athletes from the collegiate leagues to play with its new status.
“That’s one of the reasons why. Irrelevant na ito if we are relying on collegiate players. Hindi naman sila papayagan eventually. Might as well look at the professional aspect of the game. Since they announced that rule, nag-iisip na kami to turn pro,” said Palou.
The PVL has also assured protection from GAB, which regulates and supervises professional sports in the country.
“Tamang-tama si Chairman Baham (Mitra) was reaching out to us to turn pro. We sat down with him three to four weeks ago. Ang worry namin is the financial aspect, kawawa ang teams. We just want to make sure na maganda ang pagtakbo ng mga liga,” said Palou.
“Last week, all the teams agreed to go pro,” he added.
All is not lost for the student-athletes looking to play in the off-season, as Palou said that Sports Vision will still have the Collegiate Conference without the PVL branding.
By getting the pro status, the PVL is expecting training to resume soon and eventually be allowed to hold its first conference early next year to allow its clubs a month or two to get back into shape.
The PVL was suppose to open its fourth season last May but was shelved due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The teams has stopped training last March when the Luzon-wide lockdown was enforced, forcing players to do home workouts.
“When everything is clear with the IATF, we plan to start February or March 2021 with the Open Conference,” said league commissioner Tony Boy Liao.
Palou also said that Spikers’ Turf, the country’s top men’s volleyball league, is not far behind of turning professional like the PVL.
“I haven’t been able to talk to the (Spikers’ Turf) team owners. We also like to move that way. If the women’s are turning pro, why not the men’s,” said Palou.
“It will get more kids involved in volleyball. It’s like the PBA since all boys want to play basketball to go to the PBA. That’s going to be the effect also for the young boys,” he added.