Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow is collaborating with an unlikely partner to weasel into the Pro Volleyball Federation’s newly-formed REAL Pro Volleyball league.
Alongside the athlete is legendary pop star Jason Derulo. Together, the pair are investing in a new women’s volleyball team based in Omaha, Nebraska. The upcoming premier women’s professional volleyball league is expected to launch in February of 2024.
“My biz partner @dannywhite17_ and I acquired a Pro Volley Ball team(Nebraska),” Derulo wrote in the caption of an Instagram post. “Pls help us name this team in the comments. Excited to be a part of the rise of women’s sports on a global level.”
Attached to the post was a video of Derulo and Omaha-born business partner Danny White signing paperwork and celebrating their exciting acquisition. The singer said in the video, “I’m just really excited to be a part of an organization that’s going to raise awareness of women’s sports in general.”
In addition to his Instagram post, Burrow’s business partner opened up to reporters about the decision to invest in a volleyball team. According to TMZ, Derulo expressed the sentiments, “I’m excited because volleyball is on a crazy trajectory. It’s on the way up. And to be a small part in what these ladies have created is pretty incredible to me.”
Jason Derulo believes he is going to ‘change sports forever’
“I think it’s gonna change sports forever,” he added. “Not just women’s sports, but sports, because women’s volleyball is actually leading. It’s not the guys this time that [are] leading. So, I’d like for Real Pro Volleyball to be the platform that just changes women’s sports forever.”
While this is the first time that Derulo is announcing his involvement in the league, Burrow has been outspoken about his investment since December. “My family and I are thrilled to put our support behind this great opportunity for world-class volleyball athletes,” he told Front Office Sports at the time of his announcement.
“No one ever achieves greatness without first being provided an opportunity,” the quarterback continued, explaining his reasoning for investing in the volleyball league. “Pro Volleyball Federation is opening the door, and we are excited to see these athletes chase their dreams and goals.”
Although these are two unlikely business partners, it seems that the Pro Volleyball Federation is in good hands with both Jason Derulo and Cincinnati’s quarterback Joe Burrow.
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