After a couple of dormant years, the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball tour is back and it’s back on CBS Sports Network. For years, the AVP Tour was on NBC as the Peacock used sport as a springboard for its Olympics coverage.
Well known Olympians like Kerri Walsh Jennings, Phil Dalhausser, Jen Kessy and April Ross will return to the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour as it makes multiple stops across the country.
CBS Sports Network will air the five tour stops starting on August 16 and lasting until October. CBSSN will air both the men’s and women’s championships from each city. Preliminary matches will be streamed on AVP.com.
We have details from the joint press release from CBS Sports Network and the AVP.
The AVP to Showcase Pro Beach Volleyball’s Elite Men’s and Women’s Action Live on CBS Sports Network during the AVP’s Five-Tour Schedule
Newport Beach, CA (May 1, 2013) – The AVP has reached a multi-media agreement with CBS Sports Network and CBS Interactive to showcase the 2013 AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour. CBS Sports Network will air live men’s and women’s Championship round action from each of the five Tour stops, while CBS Interactive will provide a live stream of the preliminary rounds from each event on AVP.com.
The tour kicks off on Friday, August 16 in Salt Lake City, Utah and culminates Sunday, October 20 in Huntington Beach, Calif., just down the street from the new home of the AVP. The Tour features the world’s best players including Olympic Gold Medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings, Phil Dalhausser, Todd Rogers, Silver Medalists Jen Kessy and April Ross; and Olympians Sean Rosenthal, Jake Gibb and Nicole Branaugh – all of whom have been signed exclusively by the AVP.
“There are a couple of new stops on this year’s AVP schedule that will add to its long history as the pre-eminent domestic tour. I’m already back in training and both proud and excited to be competing in the upcoming AVP season,” says 3-time Olympic Gold Medalist and AVP athlete Kerri Walsh Jennings.
To add to this sentiment, Olympic Gold Medalist and AVP Tour player Todd Rogers said, “I’m really looking forward to playing on the tour this year. Even though the AVP is recognized around the world as the pinnacle of pro beach volleyball, the new ownership has ignited new interest in the league and the sport for 2013. ”
The agreement with CBS Sports Network marks AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour’s return to television for the first time since the summer of 2010.
The 2013 AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour will stop in five cities:
Salt Lake City, Utah – August 16 to August 18
Cincinnati, Ohio – August 31 to September 1
St. Petersburg, Fla. – September 14 to 15
Santa Barbara, Calif. – September 28 to 29
Huntington Beach, Calif. – October 19 to 20
“We are excited to launch 2013 with an incredible roster of athletes and a solid five-city tour schedule,” said Dick Carle, chairman of the AVP. “We have set ourselves up to provide a thrilling and competitive season, enhanced by our great new CBS Sports partners. Teaming with CBS Sports Network elevates beach volleyball and the AVP brand to another level. We know that the Network’s coverage will provide an incredible opportunity for fans to embrace beach volleyball as the sport of summer.”
“Beach volleyball is a high-energy sport that appeals to a wide audience, and we are thrilled to be the AVP’s exclusive television partner for the tour,” said Dan Weinberg, Senior Vice President, Programming, CBS Sports Network. “The AVP is a strong brand that has aligned with the world’s best volleyball players, and together with CBS Interactive, we’re excited to showcase competitive live beach volleyball action.”
And that does it.