The Pro Volleyball League, which enjoyed a successful inaugural season earlier in February this year, is all set to come back bigger. The league, an initiative of Baseline Ventures and Volleyball Federation of India, saw six franchises competing in the first season which was won by the Chennai based franchise, the Chennai Spartans.
While PVL had a short first season (21-days, 6-teams), the league will be adding two more franchises ahead of second year, which is being planned around October-November this year. The fans of the league might not need to wait for next February for the second season to start. In its first season, the league attracted some of the biggest names from the Volleyball world including David Lee and Paul Lotman. With the success of the first season, some more big names are expected to be roped in.
The first season of the league was also broadcast across 33 countries. For the Indian subcontinent, the rights were with Sony Pictures Networks (SPN), while Dubai Sports aired the matches in Thailand and the Middle East and North Africa region and Singtel in Singapore.
On digital platform, RuPay PVL had reached to 1.3 million viewers, while the league also initiated the launch of the first time ever globally, a fantasy league for volleyball, which achieved a total of 178,952 active players on the day of the final.
Also, RuPay PVL was watched live in over 45 countries worldwide and garnered a total reach of 161,157 people over the course of the tournament.