SYDNEY /PRNewswire/ —
Season One Success and the Road Ahead
Major League Pickleball Australia (MLP Australia) today announced The Brisbane Breakers as the Season One winners of the official Professional Pickleball League of Australia.
The season finale took place in Melbourne and featured a record $70,000 prize pool. The Brisbane Breakers secured the title after victories in both the Pacific Pro Brisbane and Pacific Pro Melbourne events, with the Gold Coast Glory coming in second, the Sydney Smash in third despite a home win at the Pacific Pro Sydney, and the Melbourne Mavericks in fourth.
The result brings an end to the first season for MLP Australia and Pacific Pickleball, the official Professional Pickleball League of Australia, in partnership with Pickleball Australia Association (PAA). The season saw over $200,000 in prizes across five events in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, and the Gold Coast.
The 2024 season will feature $700,000 in prizes, eight new professional teams, and six events across Australia, New Zealand and Asia.
MLP Australia and Pacific Pickleball continue to offer the largest cash prizes and highest level of Pickleball outside the United States, and are attracting player applications from all over the world.
MLP Australia are excited to announce the following new teams and captains for the 2024 season:
Katy Hart will captain the Eastern Rush
Jai Grewal will captain the Southern Stars
George Wall will captain the Fast Fours
Somer Dalla-Bona will captain the Northern Crocs
Andrew Horridge will captain the Western Vipers
Matt Carter will captain the New Zealand Hustle
Mitch Hargreaves will return as captain of the Sydney Smash
Sarah Burr will return as captain of the Gold Coast Glory
Aaron Blitz will return as captain of the Melbourne Mavericks
Ludovica Sciaky will return as captain of the season one champions the Brisbane Breakers
Additionally, MLP Australia is excited to announce the inclusion of two new teams based in Asia:
Asia Aces captained by Venise Chan
SEA Surge captained by Pei Chuan Kao
This expansion marks a new era for professional Pickleball in the region. Our gratitude extends to our partners, Major League Pickleball (MLP) and Pickleball Australia Association (including state associations and local clubs) for their support. We extend our appreciation to our 2023 league sponsors including:
Joola Pickleball (Official Net and Paddle Sponsor, Brisbane Breakers Team Sponsor)
Franklin Sports (Official Ball Sponsor, Melbourne Mavericks Team Sponsor)
Engage Pickleball (Sydney Smash and Gold Coast Glory Team Sponsor)
Six Zero Pickleball, Stockland, Heaps Normal, PickleRoll, Gold Coast Mortgage Broker, SwitchBoard
More details & registrations of interest can be found here:
About Major League Pickleball Australia and Pacific Pickleball:.
Pacific Pickleball is the official Professional Pickleball League of Australia featuring the top players, highest prize money, and best events across Australia, New Zealand, and Asia. Pacific Pickleball offers two formats for athletes including Major League Pickleball Australia’s (MLP Australia’s) Pro Teams Format, and Pacific Pickleball League’s (PPL) Pro Tour Format for both Open and Masters 50+ Athletes, in partnership with Pickleball Australia Association (PAA). Pacific Pickleball aims to grow the total number of Pickleball players in APAC to 1 Million in 2032 by promoting the sport through world-class events, professional pathways for top players, dedicated pickleball venues, and strong partnerships at international, national and grassroot levels; on a journey to bring Pickleball to all.
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Texas Sees Unprecedented Growth in Pickleball, Requires $80 Million Investment to Keep Up with Demand
Texas pickleball sees unprecedented growth, requiring $80M investment for 2500 courts.
Subtitle: The State of Pickleball in Texas: A Call for Investment
The sport of pickleball is rapidly gaining popularity in the state of Texas. According to the latest report by Pickleheads and The Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), the demand for this sport is growing exponentially, and there is a need for infrastructure investment to meet the rising demand. Exciting opportunities await both public and private enterprises in Texas.
According to the 2023 State of Pickleball: Participation & Infrastructure Report, Texas is leading the pickleball revolution. The report states that the state needs to build 2,527 new pickleball courts in the next 5-7 years to keep up with the increasing demand. The estimated cost of constructing these courts will be around $88.5 million. These numbers indicate the importance of investing in pickleball infrastructure to cater to the growing number of pickleball enthusiasts across Texas.
The Current State of Affairs:
Pickleball is becoming increasingly popular, but Texas is lagging behind in terms of dedicated pickleball courts. With only 0.55 dedicated pickleball courts per 10,000 people, the state falls 55% below the national average. Additionally, Texas ranks 44th in the country in terms of court coverage per capita. These statistics highlight the pressing need for immediate action to close the gap and provide adequate pickleball infrastructure for the growing community.
The Vision for the Future:
Brandon Mackie, the Co-founder and COO of Pickleheads, emphasizes the exciting challenge that lies ahead for both public and private entities in Texas. He states, “Pickleball continues to grow at an unprecedented rate in Texas. Our estimates show the state will need to invest $88.5 million in courts over the next 5-7 years. This represents an exciting challenge for both public and private enterprises in Texas.”
The report’s findings paint a compelling picture for potential investors and entrepreneurs interested in capitalizing on the pickleball frenzy in Texas. With the demand for courts far outpacing the current supply, there is a vast opportunity to contribute to the growth of the sport while reaping the benefits of a burgeoning market. By investing in pickleball infrastructure, stakeholders can tap into the passion and enthusiasm of pickleball players across the state.
As pickleball continues its upward trajectory in Texas, the need for investment in new pickleball courts has become undeniable. The 2023 State of Pickleball: Participation & Infrastructure Report serves as a clarion call for action, urging public and private enterprises to recognize the immense potential of this sport and seize the opportunity to meet the growing demand. Let us come together to build a thriving pickleball community that can enjoy this exciting game for years to come.
For those interested in delving deeper into the data, the 2023 State of Pickleball: Participation & Infrastructure Report is available for purchase on pickleheads.com.
Pickleheads is the leading online platform for pickleball enthusiasts. With a comprehensive database of pickleball courts across the United States, Pickleheads allows players to find courts, organize games, and connect with fellow enthusiasts. Their dedication to providing accurate and up-to-date information has made them an invaluable resource for pickleball players nationwide. https://www.pickleheads.com/
Let’s pickle, Texas!
Music and Culture Icon, Ja Rule, Announces Biggest Tour to Date, ‘The Sunrise Tour,’ Kicking Off in Spring 2024
Legendary Artist Celebrates 25 Years of Making Entertainment History with a Global Tour Starting in the United Kingdom and Ireland
Tickets On Sale Now at Ticketmaster.com
NEW YORK /PRNewswire/ — Legendary rapper, actor, entertainer and entrepreneur, Ja Rule is set to hit the stage for an international tour to celebrate “25 years of Ja Rule” starting in the Spring of 2024. To commemorate his decades long, influential career in culture, entertainment and music, fans can see Ja Rule live on ‘The Sunrise Tour’ which will kick off in the U.K. and Ireland. ‘The Sunrise Tour’ encompasses a momentous milestone, celebrating 25 years since the release of Ja Rule’s groundbreaking debut album, “Venni Vetti Vecci.”
“I’m so hyped to reconnect with my fans across the globe and do what I love most, perform live,” said Ja Rule. “When I released my debut album 25 years ago, I knew it was only just the beginning and that I was put on this planet to make music and entertain. The title of my first album ‘Venni Vetti Vecci’ means ‘I came, I saw, I conquered’ which I have been doing ever since. Get ready Ireland and the U.K.! We have some dope surprises in store! We’re hitting the globe with more dates soon, too!”
The “Put It on Me” Singer has remained hot on the charts decade-after-decade with numerous hits that made the top 20 in the Billboard Hot 100 Chart including various number one hits such as “Always On Time,” “Ain’t It Funny,” “Mesmerize,” and “Wonderful.” And yet, Ja’s name on the Billboard charts doesn’t stop there, as two of his albums, “Rule 3:36,” and “Pain is Love” topped the Billboard 200 album chart, selling over 15 million units worldwide combined. The highly acclaimed artist has been nominated for two American Music Awards and four Grammys. Over the course of his 25 years in music, Ja Rule has attained triple platinum status from The Recording Industry Association of America and has no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
Ja Rule will be joined by top-hit “Knocks You Down” American singer and songwriter, Keri Hilson, Billboard’s Top 100 “You” artist, Lloyd and “Tripple Threat” performer, actress and dancer, MYA as special performing guests on this historic tour.
Confirmed Upcoming Tour Dates and Venues:
- Friday, Mar. 1, 2024 |CARDIFF, U.K. |Utilita Arena Cardiff
- Saturday, Mar. 2, 2024 |LONDON, U.K. | OVO Arena Wembley
- Sunday, Mar. 3, 2024 |BIRMINGHAM, U.K. |Utilita Arena
- Tuesday, Mar. 5, 2024 |NOTTINGHAM, U.K. | Motorpoint Arena
- Wednesday, Mar. 6, 2024 |LEEDS, U.K. | First Direct Arena
- Saturday, Mar. 9, 2024 | LIVERPOOL, U.K. | M&S Bank Arena
- Sunday, Mar. 10, 2024 | NEWCASTLE, U.K. |UPON TYNE Utilita Arena
- Wednesday, Mar. 13, 2024 |DUBLIN, Ireland | 3Arena
- Thursday, Mar. 14, 2024 | BELFAST, Ireland | SSE Arena Belfast
- Sunday, Mar. 17, 2024 |GLASGOW, Scotland | OVO Hydro
The sun rises again for unstoppable, multi-talented Ja Rule, coming off highly successful years for the artist, who immersed himself in launching his own wine label, Rose Vine Cellars, this year in collaboration with Ross Reedy. The release of Red Rose Cabernet Sauvignon is taking the wine market by storm with its 15.4% alcohol content. In his entrepreneurial mindset, Ja Rule developed his live streaming entertainment marketplace, ICONN Media in 2020 which is home to the VIBES concerts, where fans can enjoy electrifying performances and exclusive behind-the-scenes content to their favorite artists, musicians and comedians. He pursues investment ventures, including being a part owner of the Texas Ranchers, along with owning a piece of Major League Pickleball and The National Thoroughbred League.
While known for his success in the music industry, Ja Rule is also an awarded philanthropist, donating proceeds of The Painted House’s “Black is Beautiful” Campaign to select HBCU partners, including Spellman, Morgan State and Morehouse, as well as being awarded the Audacious Award for helping to build a school in Ghana from Pencils of Promise, founded by Adam Braun. He was also honored by the Youth Shelter Program of Westchester for his work helping to keep young boys out of prison.
Limited pre-sale tickets will be available for ‘The Sunrise Tour’ at 9 a.m. GMT on Wednesday, Dec. 6. General ticket sales will begin on Friday, Dec. 8 at 9 a.m. GMT. Pre-sale and general tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com. More global dates to be announced in the future.
Follow Ja Rule at @jarule on Instagram and X to stay updated on additional show dates and tour information.
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Pickleball Kingdom Coming to Nashville
NASHVILLE, Tenn. /PRNewswire/ — Pickleball Kingdom is proud to announce an exciting multi-unit franchise agreement in Nashville, Tennessee, with local entrepreneurs Maggie and Dennis Pearson at the helm. Maggie and Dennis, passionate pickleball players, are set to open the first of multiple locations in response to the surging demand for the sport that has captivated the nation.
“Pickleball Kingdom’s expansion into Nashville is a testament to the city’s dynamic spirit and the sport’s growing popularity,” said Rob Streett, Chief Operating Officer of Pickleball Kingdom. “We are thrilled to offer a space where the community can come together to enjoy pickleball, fostering connections and promoting a healthy, active lifestyle.”
The explosive growth of pickleball has created a nationwide movement, with Nashville’s vibrant community at its heart. The Pearsons, known for their community involvement and love for the game, are bringing their dream to life by providing a premier venue for both seasoned players and newcomers to enjoy the sport.
Ace Rodrigues, CEO of Pickleball Kingdom, expressed excitement about the national enthusiasm for pickleball. “The demand for pickleball has reached an all-time high across the country. Our vision is to meet this demand by creating a Kingdom for pickleball lovers, and Nashville is the perfect place to continue this journey,” said Rodrigues.
The Nashville locations will feature state-of-the-art facilities, including indoor and outdoor courts, a pro-shop, and a community space for events and tournaments. By offering clinics, leagues, and open play, Pickleball Kingdom aims to cater to all levels of interest and expertise.
About Pickleball Kingdom: Pickleball Kingdom is the premier pickleball facility provider, offering state-of-the-art courts and amenities to players of all ages and skill levels. With a commitment to fostering community and promoting a healthy lifestyle, Pickleball Kingdom is at the forefront of the sport’s growing popularity.
For Franchise Inquires, Contact:
About Maggie and Dennis Pearson:
Maggie Pearson is a highly versatile professional with a unique blend of expertise across multiple industries. Drawing on her first degree in Corporate Communications, specializing in advertising, Maggie successfully secured numerous lucrative contracts while serving as a partner in a prominent motion picture catering company.
Dr. Dennis Pearson is a distinguished economist, holding a Ph.D. in Economics from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Currently serving as an Associate Professor of Economics and Statistics at Austin Peay State University, he thrives on integrating contemporary business trends, federal and state policies, and their broader impacts on industries and society. His mission is to broaden students’ perspectives and equip them with a comprehensive understanding of the interconnectedness of economics and everyday life.
Maggie and Dennis both enjoy an array of personal interests including reading, kayaking, and skiing. However, nothing ignites their competitive spirit more than pickleball. As avid players, their enthusiasm for the sport and the multitude of opportunities it offers, continues to reach new heights.
SOURCE Pickleball Kingdom
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