OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. — The United States Professional Volleyball league recently revealed that it would expand to 10 franchises next season, adding six cities to the four that comprised the league’s first year of play.
Expansion is good news for a local company, as Schelde North America is the official provider of net systems to the USPV. Schelde has a five-year agreement to provide game and practice systems to the league, and the firm employs 15 at its 44th Street location.
Fourteen markets are being considered for the six new franchises. Among those are Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Kansas City and Milwaukee. The league is expected to name its selections within the next 60 days, and those franchises would play next season.
“We’ve had a very successful inaugural season and the level of interest we’ve received from prospective cities has been beyond our expectations,” said USPV President Bill Hawkins.
The league hopes to expand to 20 franchises by 2005.
The Grand Rapids Force is the local entry in the professional women’s volleyball league. The Force plays at the DeltaPlex Expo and Entertainment Center in Walker and the club’s business office is in East Grand Rapids.