Joe Burrow is expanding his investment portfolio by becoming a co-owner of the Columbus Fury, a women’s professional volleyball team in the newly established Pro Volleyball Federation. The league is scheduled to commence in January.
However, concerns linger regarding the Pro Volleyball Federation’s reach to a wider audience, as it currently lacks a broadcast network or streaming service agreement.
This absence of a broadcasting deal poses a potential challenge for viewership.
Despite these uncertainties, the league is set to kick off its season at the end of January, featuring games in Atlanta, Grand Rapids, Omaha, Orlando, San Diego, and Las Vegas. Volleyball holds popularity as an indoor sport in these seven markets, aiming to elevate the sport beyond the collegiate level.
Joe Burrow, the Cincinnati Bengals quarterback and former Ohio State player who resides in Cincinnati, has joined his parents, Jimmy and Robin, as partial owners of the Columbus-based team. The Burrows were founding partners of the league, and Joe decided to contribute to the ownership venture after witnessing the league’s growth potential.
I have been watching the growth of Pro Volleyball Federation since my parents and I joined the League, and it has been very impressive to see. It seems like every day more great news is announced about the League, whether it’s the great players who continue to sign with the League, the outstanding coaches who are involved, or the new ownership groups and markets that are added. I am very proud to be a part of it, and I am now excited to say that my family is involved in the Columbus Fury ownership group, said Joe Burrow regarding his purchase of the team.
The Columbus Fury will be under the guidance of Angel Perez, formerly a head coach in the Puerto Rican Women’s Superior Volleyball League. The team has recruited Olympians, NCAA All-Americans, and national champions, with Megan Courtney, a former Penn State outside hitter and back-to-back national champion in 2013/14, taking the spotlight. Rainelle Jones, a former Maryland middle blocker, and Valeria Leon, a defensive specialist from Ohio State, are key components for the Fury’s success.
All 12 home matches for Columbus will be held at Nationwide Arena. Jimmy and Robin, eager to support the team, anticipate attending in person, and there’s a possibility that Joe Burrow might join them after the conclusion of the Bengals’ season.
In case Burrow can’t make it in person, the hope is that the Pro Volleyball Federation secures a television deal, allowing him and fans worldwide to tune in. The success of professional volleyball hinges significantly on the ability for fans to watch from various locations, emphasizing the critical importance of securing a broadcasting deal for visibility.
Recognizing the need to plan for the future beyond his football career, Joe Burrow’s involvement in ventures like the Columbus Fury indicates a strategic approach to his post-playing endeavors.