Quote of the Day
"I can’t believe that they’re actually going to run their business to where you’re never going to sign the first-round picks.”
-- Baseball America Executive Editor Jim Callis, on reports the Dodgers draft unsignable players due to financial concerns (L.A. TIMES, 8/15).
AVP Held Seven Of 12 Tournaments This Year
It was the subject of heavy speculation over the past few weeks, and on Friday, it was formally announced -- the AVP Tour is shutting down. The series that merged sun, sand and the Olympics -- and was a true lifestyle play -- had run out of resources and financing. AVP administrators and workers were laid off on Friday “with little to no severance pay." This week’s Manhattan Beach Open, one of the series’ marquee events, will be the final stop. AVP Commissioner Mike Dodd said, "There's no more money in the accounts.” Many will debate whether or not the tour could have survived or should have handled its business differently, and the future of volleyball as a pro property is in question. One possible beneficiary of the shutdown is Karch Kiraly, as some players "have already begun play” in his Corona Light Wide Open Tour.