Pickleball Powerhouses Unite: PPA Tour and MLP Announce Historic Merger

The world of pickleball has changed forever as the two Pickleball powerhouses of the world, the Carvana Professional Pickleball Association (PPA) and Major League Pickleball (MLP) have announced a historic merger.
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The world of professional pickleball witnessed a seismic shift on Thursday as the PPA Tour and Major League Pickleball (MLP) officially joined forces, solidifying their positions as the leading organizations in the sport. This long-awaited merger, following months of negotiations, marks a significant step towards a unified and prosperous future for professional pickleball.
The consolidation, backed by a $75 million investment from a diverse group including private equity firm SC Holdings, team owners, and existing stakeholders, paves the way for a more robust and sustainable professional landscape.
Despite merging, both the PPA Tour and MLP will retain their unique identities and competition formats. The PPA Tour's electrifying bracket-style tournaments will coexist with MLP's team-based league structure, offering fans and players diverse options to engage with the sport.
"Today is an exciting day for everyone involved or interested in the world of pickleball," declared PPA Tour founder and CEO Connor Pardoe. He further emphasized the potential of the merger, stating, "MLP and the PPA Tour working as partners creates a sustainable, viable, and healthy ecosystem for all key participants." This unification promises to elevate the profile of professional pickleball, attracting new fans, sponsors, and players while ensuring the sport's continued growth and success on a global scale.
This exciting development also benefits the heart and soul of the sport: the players. Over 150 professional players have already signed multi-year contracts with the newly formed entity, granting them the opportunity to compete in an expanded schedule encompassing both established PPA and MLP events. Additionally, annual player payouts are projected to increase by a staggering 250% in 2024, reflecting the organization's commitment to athlete well-being and professional growth.
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