“Volleyball further increasing the relevance of the Bundesliga”

In an interview, Julia Retzlaff, Volleyball Bundesliga’s Managing Director of Sport, talks about the future route of the league’s improvement and further professionalization of buildings.

Stadium World: Since August 2014, the former German volleyball league has been often known as the Volleyball Bundesliga. How has the league developed since then?

Julia Retzlaff. Photo: Falk Weiss

Retzlaff: In conclusion, it may be stated that the Volleyball Bundesliga has developed very properly in the final eight years. Thanks to media partnerships with SPORT1, SPONTENT and Sportdeutschland.TV, the VBL achieved an unprecedented media presence final season. The newly established multi-sport streaming platform SPORT1 Extra broadcasts all the ladies’s matches of the 1st and 2nd Bundesliga dwell. In addition, 1st Bundesliga Women’s Game 34 might be watched on SPORT1 free-to-air TV. All Men’s 1st Bundesliga matches had been streamed dwell on Twitch underneath the BOUNCE HOUSE model on SPONTENT. Meanwhile, Sportdeutschland.TV broadcasts all Bundesliga 1 and a couple of matches dwell and on demand. It was the first time that the second federal leagues had nationwide streams. Starting in the 2023/24 season, the males’s volleyball Bundesliga can be broadcast by Christian Seifert and Axel Springer’s new sports activities streaming platform S Nation Media. Budgets have additionally elevated in recent times. As a consequence, the sports activities stage and professionalism of our golf equipment is increasing. Teams often take part in worldwide competitions. Allianz MTV Stuttgart gained silver in the CEV Cup final season, whereas BERLIN RECYCLING Volleys reached the quarterfinals of the Champions League once more. We have ten worldwide beginning spots for subsequent season – 5 of that are in the Champions League group stage. It’s greater than ever. Other new venues and codecs have emerged that contribute to the eventful nature of a volleyball match. The DVV Cup ultimate has been held at the SAP Arena in Mannheim since 2016 – earlier than the begin of the corona pandemic – with spectacular attendances; More than 10,000 followers watched the two finals yearly. In addition, for the previous six years, we’ve got organized the Super Bowl, the place the champions battle in opposition to the cup holders. This season, the Women’s Super Cup can be held at the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart. After the play-off match in 2016, this can be solely the second time in membership historical past that Stuttgart’s ladies have performed at the Porsche Arena. At that point, the file for a German ladies’s volleyball Bundesliga recreation with 5,392 followers nonetheless stands at this time. We hope the Volleyball Super Bowl could have the identical background. For males, the Bounce House Cup can be held for the first time. In this three-day event, the eight groups from the earlier spherical of the championship, which came about in the Hildesheim Volksbank Arena, will decide the winner of the first title of the new season. Over three days, greater than 100 high gamers, nationwide group celebrities and high worldwide volleyball gamers might be seen on and off the courtroom from morning to nighttime. In addition to the matches, there can be different occasions resembling a media day and shutting occasion.

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