PVL braces for first pro tournament

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    THE Philippine Volleyball League is preparing the blueprint for its inaugural tournament as a professional league.

    Ricky Palou, PVL president, told yesterday’s Philippine Sportswriters Association webcast that they’re looking at the All-Filipino Conference being staged either in February or March next year.

    The PVL is considering a bubble type tournament for the eight or nine teams in its roster, and is choosing between two venues – the Inspire Sports Academy and Trace College in Laguna.

    The PVL recently became the first professional volleyball league in the country following the approval of its application with the Games and Amusements Board headed by Abraham Mitra.

    Palou, who graced the weekly public sports forum with superstar Alyssa Valdez, said they would pattern the bubble after the Philippine Basketball Association, which is staging the Philippine Cup in Clark, Pampanga.

    “The cost will be high but not as much as the PBA,” said Palou, explaining that while the country’s No. 1 basketball league is working on a budget of P65 million, the PVL is looking at P20 million.

    “We are waiting for the quotations. Nothing is final yet,” Palou told the forum powered by Smart and presented by San Miguel Corp., Go For Gold, Milo, Amelie Hotel Manila, Braska Restaurant, and the PAGCOR with Upstream Media as the official webcast partner.

    Valdez welcomed the PVL decision to turn professional as a challenge.

    “There’s added pressure. But at the end of the day there will be the extra push that we are now called professionals,” she said while airing her excitement over the return of the sport under the new normal.

    “We the players are excited to resume practice and eventually playing soon. It’s been a while since we played volleyball,” said Valdez.

    Aside from Creamline, the other teams in the fold are Choco Mucho, Motolite, Petro Gazz, BanKo-Perlas, Chef’s Classic, Bali Pure, Air Force and Army.