With the addition of two IMG produced stops, the 2013 AVP season officially accounts for seven events with a million dollars in prize money. Both the Atlantic City Beach Volleyball Tournament and Manhattan Beach Open have been acquired by the AVP, who have long been known as the crown jewel of beach volleyball tournaments. IMG will bring a long history of producing high profile and high quality events.
“We are pleased to announce the IMG-AVP deal for the Manhattan Beach Open and Atlantic City,” said James Leitz, SVP, IMG Worldwide and executive producer of IMG’s beach volleyball events. “We view this agreement as a positive step for the sport — that together with the AVP, we are pushing beach volleyball in the same direction. We can’t think of a better way to showcase the best beach volleyball players in the world than in Manhattan Beach – home of the longest running tournament in the sport, and in Atlantic City through our new partnership with the Atlantic City Alliance.”
Olympians Kerri Walsh Jennings, Phil Dalhausser, Todd Rogers, April Ross, Jen Kessy, Jake Gibb, Sean Rosenthal and Nicole Branagh have all signed exclusive deals with the AVP as several of the world’s top beach volleyball professionals.
“We are excited to announce an alliance with IMG that adds two stops to our tour and showcases the best of the beach on both coasts,” said Donald Sun, AVP owner. “We are equally as excited for what this partnership can mean for the fans, the athletes and the sponsors.”