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WPVA CEASES OPERATION, CITING LACK OF SPONSOR SUPPORT
Published March 25, 1998
The WPVA has "suspended play and is expected to file for bankruptcy," according to Sharon Robb of the Ft. Lauderdale SUN-SENTINEL. FL events scheduled for Deerfield Beach, Fort Myers and Clearwater were cancelled, along with events in Austin, TX, San Diego and Chicago. WPVA Tour Dir Levalley Pattison: "The whole market for volleyball is depressed right now. For some reason sponsors are not that receptive. The crowds are great and TV ratings are good. As far as sponsors -- nothing is out there." One investor, San Diego-based Charles Jackson, withdrew his support of seven events in '98, citing "difficulty in securing television and sponsorships at such a late date." WPVA officials are "working out long-range payment plans for creditors," and several employees have not been paid. The two-person pro tour was entering its 12th season and had sanctioned 140 events since '87. Prize money had increased from $48,500 to more than $600,000 (SUN-SENTINEL, 3/25).