Saturday, August 14, 2010

The AVP is Dead

by Jason Schock at 2:57 PM

Matt ProsserJust two years after its players swept gold at the Beijing Olympics, the premiere U.S. beach volleyball tour has closed its doors.

On Friday, August 13th, the AVP announced it had run out of money and was shuttering operations, effective immediately; almost all staff have been laid off. See the LA Times story for more.

This doesn't come as a huge surprise to most: players have known the tour was on shaky ground for the past few months. In fact, the AVP has been bleeding out for the last couple years now, only saved recently by investment from a mysterious group called RJSM Partners.

Hans Stolfus, scribe and former player, has written a long, but eloquent, requiem for the AVP, chock full of player quotes, obscure volleyball references, and his typical passion and emotion for the sport. Ironically, it's posted on the AVP Web site.

 

1 comments:

Anonymous said...

FYI - The companies behind the AVP tour filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy on Friday. Court filings say they plan to try to sell their assets and liquidate. More info: http://www.netdocketsblog.com/2010/11/avp-pro-beach-volleyball-tour-files-for.html#axzz1452lRLAS