Back to 'Roots' for AVP, and Then?

Posted by Dave Fratello on Saturday, August 14th, 2010 at 2:33pm.

MB Open – 2010 (c) AVP/Peter Brouillet
Next weekend's 50th Manhattan Open was abruptly canceled, then restored, Friday.

But the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) says it has reached the end of the line, canceling the remainder of its season and hinting that it could fold completely without an angel dropping in.

The Manhattan Open "will happen," California Beach Volleyball Association President Chris Brown told the LA Times. "Unfortunately, the details are a little hazy."

The Times reports that Brown said the open will "return to its roots — no stadium seating, no grandstands," with "no bells or whistles."

An extensive website post by Hans Stolfus on the official AVP site, titled "End of Days," explains the backstory from the organization's perspective, and frets about the future of professional volleyball in the U.S. 

Stolfus speculates that, "The AVP’s best athletes will no longer regularly compete on American soil. Full stop."

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Other weekend reading:

• MBC will have a "Sunday Opens" post late Saturday.

• Check out the new South Bay Confidential column from this morning's Daily Breeze. We review sales data for 3 major regions of the South Bay in the first half of 2010. Want to guess who's seen the greatest recovery from the 2008-09 trough?  This online version unfortunately doesn't show the snazzy graph, but this print display version does.

• Last week's SB Confidential column updated readers on several properties mentioned there in prior weeks, including the auction at Silver Spur Court in RHE. Read that column here at the Breeze website; the chart of Silver Spur Court prices is now found only on the SB Confidential site here.
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