The operators of the two major pickleball leagues, Major League Pickleball and the PPA Tour agreed to merge. The companies will remain distinct, but the merger aims to eliminate scheduling conflicts and competition over players.

The consolidation of the two companies is backed by a $50 million investment from SC Holdings, D.C. Pickleball team owner Al Tylis, PPA Tour owner Tom Dundon and a roster of MLP team owners.

The PPA Tour is the traditional, bracket-style tour format that determines the world’s top players. The MLP is a team-based, co-ed league that supports competition through the regular season and championships.

“As professional pickleball continues to grow rapidly, we could not be more excited to provide both players and fans with the clarity and consistency of a unified professional pickleball organization,” said Major League Pickleball Founder Steve Kuhn. “This merger will expand and improve opportunities for current and future players, creating a united experience and a better future playing professional pickleball.”

“Over the past few years, we have seen ever-increasing interest from investors, sponsors, fans and players who understand the immense value in the future of professional pickleball,” said Dundon. “The holding company unifying the PPA Tour and MLP will create a streamlined sport for fans and add more meaningful opportunities for player competition, broadcasting rights and sponsorship throughout the professional pickleball calendar.”

The parent company’s board of directors and team owners include business leaders, investors and professional athletes. The new board of directors will include Jason Stein from SC Holdings, D.C. Pickleball Team owner Al Tylis, PPA Tour owner Tom Dundon, MLP founder Steve Kuhn, and former Goldman Sachs Partner Brian Levine.

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