The PPA Tour focuses on individual player achievements and rankings, while MLP has attracted notable athlete and celebrity team investors. While the two brands will retain these distinct identities, the primary goal of this merger is to eliminate scheduling conflicts and player competition between the two entities. Further, the consolidation aims to provide fans, players, and sponsors with a unified approach to professional pickleball. The new combined organization will support and promote both formats, offering players and sponsors increased confidence and opportunities in the world of professional pickleball.
With that said, the announcement was an “agreement to merge,” rather than a completed merger. As a result, the devil will continue to be in the details until the agreement is “signed on the dotted line.” The announcement is also riddled with unanswered questions, as the announcement did not address further details or effects on stakeholders (such as pro players with ballooned salaries, scheduling, ability to play other events, effects on the 2023 year, and so on). This series of events will continue to be one to watch—particularly, as the next MLP event is just days away (September 20-24, 2023) outside of Atlanta, Georgia, where some of these questions could start to be addressed.