Fans’ dream of having a unified tournament, the Unity Cup, is not likely to happen subsequent to the failure of coming to an agreement on the details of the competition between two parties, Premier Volleyball League (PVL) and Philippine Superliga (PSL).

/ 18 November 2020

PVL President Ricky Palou stated that they never have met at some point regarding the proceedings of the competition.

“At this point in time, I don’t think that that is going to happen,” Ricky Palou said during the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum on Tuesday powered by Smart and presented by San Miguel Corporation, Go For Gold PH, MILO Philippines, Amelie Hotel Manila, Braska Restaurant, and PAGCOR with Upstream Media as the official webcast partner.

In late 2019, both leagues have talked about conducting a special tournament called the Unity Cup.

Supposedly, the terms will consist of the top four teams in the PVL’s Open Conference and PSL’s All-Filipino Conference playing in either a round-robin or a sudden death tournament.

But unfortunately, after the PVL confirmed going pro and was about to sign for the agreement, the PSL changed the terms, demanding all teams should be competing in it. 

It meant that PVL’s Creamline, Petro Gazz, Perlas Spikers, Motolite, Air Force, Army, Choco Mucho, and Bali Pure will all play against F2 Logistics, Petron, Sta. Lucia, Cignal, Cherry Tiggo, Marinerang Pilipina, Generika-Ayala, and PLDT of the PSL.

“On our side, what we wanted was to have the four top teams of each league play against each other. But unfortunately, the other group, the PSL said they wanted all teams of both leagues to participate in the tournament,” Ricky Palou said, expressing withdrawal with the supposed league. 

“We felt like this was going to be too long. That’s sixteen teams playing in a round-robin. That’s going to take three to four months to finish if we play thrice a week,” he continued.

“So we never came to an agreement on this. So I guess at this point in time, it’s completely out of the picture,” Ricky Palou affirmed.

Meanwhile, the PSL has stated that it won’t go pro in the time coming.

“At this point in time, I don’t think that’s going to happen,” said Palou.