US lands long-term deal for Volleyball Nations League Finals

The US has secured a deal to host the next three editions of the Men’s Volleyball Nations League (VNL) Finals, the FIVB – the sport’s global governing body – has announced.

The deal, which will run from 2019 to 2021, was announced during the 2018 Finals in Lille, France. The dates for the next three editions of the Finals are still to be decided.

The VNL is a new tournament this year, with the event featuring courtside DJs and the latest technology in an effort to engage the audience.

“The United States is home to some of the world’s most successful sporting franchises. USA Volleyball’s partnership with the FIVB and the VNL will help us to put volleyball on par with these other sports, in terms of excitement, energy, professionalism and presentation,” USA Volleyball chief executive Jamie Davis said.

“The popularity of volleyball continues to grow in the USA – it is the number one team participation sport for women and girls at high school and collegiate level, and the second-fastest growing boy’s high school sport, growing 15 per cent over the last four years.”

FIVB president Ary Graça added: “The USA is the biggest sports market in the world and presents significant commercial opportunities for our sport to grow and develop around the world. There are few countries which do sports presentation better than the USA, so I have no doubt they will be excellent partners for us.

“The VNL has, in its first year, inspired our volleyball family, bringing together younger generations to play the game and creating a global dialogue.”