Sony Sports Network is returning with the second season of RuPay Prime Volleyball League powered by A23.
The tournament will go underway from February 4 to March 5, 2023 and will be spread across three cities - Bengaluru, Hyderabad, and Kochi. The league will be telecast live on Sony Sports Ten 1 (English), Sony Sports Ten 3 (Hindi), Sony Sports Ten 4 (Tamil and Telugu) and Sony Sports Ten 2 (Malayalam) channels.
The broadcaster is geared up to provide fans with action where they can choose from five languages – English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam.
Olympian Ci Michel and Olympic Games commentator Lewie Lett will provide their expert views in English. The Hindi commentary box will witness the presence of sports presenter Sunil Taneja. Arun V and Sudheer Mahavadi will share their point of view in Tamil and Telugu, respectively. State-level Volleyball player Tinu Anthony alongside -volleyball fanatic Nishad will provide the Malayalam commentary. Sports presenters Manish Batavia and Atish Thukral will entertain viewers with bilingual commentary in English and Hindi.
With 31 matches played across three cities, the league will witness the eight franchises – Kolkata Thunderbolts, Kochi Blue Spikers, Calicut Heroes, Hyderabad Black Hawks, Ahmedabad Defenders, Bengaluru Torpedoes, Chennai Blitz, and Mumbai Meteors – go head-to-head for the title.
Expectations from defending champions Kolkata Thunderbolts will be high as they look to retain their title and continue their winning streak from the previous edition. The new season will also welcome a new team Mumbai Meteors with a line-up of players like Brandon Greenway (USA), Hiroshi Centelles (Cuba), Karthik A, Amit Gulia and Hardeep Singh.
Fans will be excited to watch national heroes such as Vinit Kumar (Kolkata Thunderbolts), Jerome Vinith (Calicut Heroes), Akhin G S (Chennai Blitz) and Ranjit Singh (Hyderabad Black Hawks) in action. Some of the key international players PVL fans can watch out for will be the Venezuelan Olympian Jose Verdi, Peru National team captain Eduardo Romay and Australian National team player Trent O’Dea.
RuPay Prime Volleyball League powered by A23, 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.
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.
Rajesh Kaul, Chief Revenue Officer, Distribution and Head – Sports Business, Sony Pictures Networks India, 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.”
Joy Bhattacharjya, Chief Executive Officer, RuPay Prime Volleyball League, said, “After cementing our position as an engaging homegrown league in the first season, the RuPay Prime Volleyball League will return to captivate the audiences in the second season. With the adoption of the caravan model, we aim to strengthen our connect with the fans. This season of the league will be played across Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Kochi.”