The RuPay Prime Volleyball League is set to return for its second season. The tournament, which starts on February 4th and runs until March 5th, 2023, will take place across three cities: Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Kochi. The games will be broadcast live on the Sony Sports Ten channels in five languages: English (Sony Sports Ten 1), Hindi (Sony Sports Ten 3), Tamil & Telugu (Sony Sports Ten 4) and Malayalam (Sony Sports Ten 2).
Commentary in English will be provided by Olympian Ci Michel and Olympic Games commentator Lewie Lett, while sports presenter Sunil Taneja will be in the Hindi commentary box. Tamil and Telugu commentary will be given by Arun V and Sudheer Mahavadi, respectively. The Malayalam commentary team will consist of state-level Volleyball player Tinu Anthony and volleyball fanatic Nishad. Manish Batavia and Atish Thukral will offer bilingual commentary in English and Hindi.
The league will feature eight franchises, including the defending champions Kolkata Thunderbolts, competing in 31 matches across the three cities. The new season will also welcome a new team Mumbai Meteors with an impressive lineup of players like Brandon Greenway (USA), Hiroshi Centelles (Cuba), Karthik A, Amit Gulia and Hardeep Singh.
Fans will have the chance to watch national heroes such as Vinit Kumar, Jerome Vinith, Akhin G S, and Ranjit Singh in action, as well as international players like Venezuelan Olympian Jose Verdi, Peru National team captain Eduardo Romay, and Australian National team player Trent O’Dea.
Rajesh Kaul, Chief Revenue Officer, Distribution and Head – Sports Business, Sony Pictures Networks India, in a statement said, “The encouraging viewership numbers of the inaugural season has instilled confidence in the property, and we look forward to hosting the second season of the RuPay Prime Volleyball League. With the five language feeds, we will build on the 41 million viewers and reach Volleyball aficionados across the country.”
RuPay Prime Volleyball League, which started with an aim to introduce the Indian audience to the real version of the sport, has replicated the same sentiment in their new campaign as well. Launched in association with the Sony Sports Network, ‘Yeh Hai Asli Volleyball’ film focuses on how PVL provides fans with the real volleyball action. The film breaks people’s preconceived notions about the sport and how the street version of the game is not real Volleyball.