In an interview, Julia Retzlaff, Volleyball Bundesliga’s Managing Director of Sport, talks about the future course 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 advanced 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 have been streamed dwell on Twitch below 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 might 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 degree and professionalism of our golf equipment is increasing. Teams repeatedly take part in worldwide competitions. Allianz MTV Stuttgart received 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, now we have organized the Super Bowl, the place the champions combat in opposition to the cup holders. This season, the Women’s Super Cup might be held at the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart. After the play-off match in 2016, this might be solely the second time in membership historical past that Stuttgart’s ladies have performed at the Porsche Arena. At that point, the report for a German ladies’s volleyball Bundesliga sport with 5,392 followers nonetheless stands at present. We hope the Volleyball Super Bowl could have the similar background. For males, the Bounce House Cup might be held for the first time. In this three-day match, the eight groups from the earlier spherical of the championship, which occurred in the Hildesheim Volksbank Arena, will decide the winner of the first title of the new season. Over three days, greater than 100 prime gamers, nationwide crew celebrities and prime worldwide volleyball gamers might be seen on and off the courtroom from morning to nighttime. In addition to the matches, there might be different occasions resembling a media day and shutting social gathering.