I’m not too sure if this is good or bad news. But it’s certainly very interesting. On one hand, losing a lot of school teams can pave the way for the commercialization of teams for Shakey’s V-League as they take in and give chance to corporate teams (so to speak) to participate. Maybe it’s time for the V-League to take risks and create more of these non-school based teams and not merely capitalize on the popularity of college volleyball. Besides, UAAP and NCAA will always be there. Let’s hope that the upcoming Shakey’s V-League Season 8 Second Conference is going to be exciting because of these turn of events. Let’s watch out and support the V-League folks!
This article is taken from BallersPinas.com website:
Shakeys V League Season 8 2nd Conference List of Participating Teams: 3 School Teams and 5 Corporate Teams
Long and behold, the Teledyaryo Sports news anchor Mr. Snow Badua has finally divulged that there will only be 3 schools who will be part of the 2011 Shakey’s V-League Season 8 2nd Conference volleyball action. He included the Ateneo De Manila University Lady Eagles, University of Perpetual Help System-DALTA, and the San Sebastian College – Recoletos. The other 5 teams will have to be corporate teams and they will complete the 8 participating teams in the V-League.
In line with the aforementioned news, the Sports Vision Chairman of the Shakey’s V-League, Moying Martelino said:
“The league won’t settle for four teams, saying they are negotiating with four more teams to join since he said the ideal number of teams to run a league is eight. We are still finalizing the roster of teams, and we will announce this week the four new teams.”
Martelino refused to name the other 5 teams but they will most likely be corporate teams. These 5 other teams will surely take the league to another level because those corporate team will have the chance to choose the members of their respective team rosters. The competition will be a lot tougher in the V-League this coming 2nd conference because of those 5 corporate teams and as a result, the League’s mission and vision to help in the Philippine volleyball development will be fortified by the admission of those 5 corporate teams. In effect, this will also make the league a semi-commercial league. If the V-league will be a semi-commercial league, the players will have higher allowances. It will attract former college volley star players to play in the V-League and as a consequence, the other amateur volleyball players will get more experience from the V-League games because of the influx of the veteran players in the league.
So what are corporate teams in the V-League exactly? I suppose this simply means having teams that are composed of recruited players which obviously will be former college standouts, national team veterans, or even guest players from abroad (maybe in the future). And these teams will have to be sponsored and backed by companies covering everything including the players’ allowances.
The big question remains: Has the local volleyball scene become big enough so companies will be willing to invest and thus, create such corporate teams to pave the way for the commercialization (or at least semi-commercialization) of volleyball leagues in the country such as the Shakey’s V-League? We just have to wait and watch out for the V-League 8 which is set to start this July 17, 2011.
Anybody knows who these 5 corporate teams will be? Do you know of any players being recruited for these teams?
UPDATE: According to another news article, there are actually 4 school teams that confirmed joining V-League 8 2nd Conference namely: Ateneo, University of Perpetual Help, San Sebastian College-Recoletos, and Lyceum. Here’s more info about the issue from Tempo.com.ph website:
V-League hit by pullouts
by Francis Santiago of Tempo.com.ph
The Shakey’s V-League suffered a major blow after four teams pulled out of the competition, leaving the country’s premiere volleyball tournament with only four teams when it opens its Season 8 second conference on July 10. Ricky Palou, president of the organizing Sports Vision, said only Ateneo, University of Perpetual Help, San Sebastian College and Lyceum were left in the roster after Adamson University and Far Eastern University begged off from competition.
University of Santo Tomas and La Salle, which missed the previous conference, also confirmed their continued absence as the four squads cited the academic load of players as main reasons for the withdrawal. It was the biggest number of teams to withdraw in a single conference since the league was established in 2004, but Martelino sees a silver lining in the unwelcome development.
He said the four squads coming in are non-school based, a move that could pave way for the league planned transformation into a semi-commercial league. For the past two years, the league has been harping the plan, which it said if realized will help the country in producing top calibre players who could put the country back in the volleyball map.
“This could be a blessing in disguise,” Martelino said. “We might be undergoing a process of migration to the planned semi-commercial league.”