National Players Express Support For U.S. Domestic Professional League

  0 Carly DeMarque | February 24th, 2017 | International Volleyball, News, Pro, Pro Indoor, U.S. Men's National Team, U.S. Women's Volleyball

Around the world, there are nearly 375 U.S. volleyball players competing overseas in professional leagues, new USA Volleyball CEO Jamie Davis has recently brought up the idea of a domestic volleyball league – and he’s gaining a lot of support.

“With the success of out national teams, the high volleyball television/streaming ratings from the 2016 Olympics and out membership growth, we are confident that such a domestic league will succeed now when past attempts have failed,” said Davis.

Davis is looking at a target launch date for the league by 2020.

U.S. athletes have expressed that they would fully back a domestic pro league. Players that have shared their interests and the positives of a domestic league, where National Team athletes and U.S. players could really benefit are Rachael Adams and Tori Dixon.

“I am fully behind and support the launch of a professional league in the USA,” Adams said. “It would be an amazing alternative for American players who want to continue playing but don’t want to spend 8-9 months out of the year living and playing in a foreign country away from their family and friends.”

The launch of a domestic league would be a challenging task but if successful, it could benefit a lot of players. Dixon expressed that a lot of players end their volleyball careers early because they don’t want to leave their families behind.

“By having a league (In the USA), I think it would prolong a lot of careers and give an outlet for people to play post-college,” said Dixon.

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About Carly DeMarque

Carly DeMarque

Carly DeMarque has been involved with competitive volleyball for the majority of her life, playing competitively at the club and collegiate level for 15 years and coaching club for five. Now a retired Division I volleyball athlete out of McNeese State University, she continues her volleyball enthusiasm by stepping back into …

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