The V-League continues to set the standard in Philippine volleyball.
Sports Vision is set to announce that the Premiere Volleyball League is set to turn professional.
The formal announcement between PVL and the Games and Amusements Board will be made on Friday at an online press conference.
For Sports Vision president Ricky Palou, it’s about time that the PVL turns pro since he believes that there are already enough women’s volleyball players in the country to have a pro pool.
Additionally, back in UAAP Season 81, the league’s Board of Managing Directors have made a resolution that rookies starting from that season will be barred in playing in commercial leagues.
“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,” shared Palou, who started the V-League back in 2004.
Plenty of questions linger regarding the league going pro, though. But all of the team owners’ doubts were put to rest by GAB chairman Baham Mitra, who stressed that going pro does not entail huge costs.
“Tamang-tama si Chairman Baham 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. He assured us na, ‘Hindi kami BIR.’ We just want to make sure na maganda ang pagtakbo ng mga liga,” shared Palou.
“Last week, all the teams agreed to go pro.”
Teams who have agreed to go pro are Creamline, Petro Gazz, Motolite, Choco Mucho, Banko Perlas, and BaliPure.
The league will still have its enlisted forces teams.
Regarding the Collegiate Conference, it will now be under Sports Vision.
PVL will be having professional status starting its 2021 season.
The PVL will be the second women’s sports league in the country to turn pro, with the first being the WNBL.