A new professional volleyball league has been announced and it will feature two teams from Utah — one each for men and women. The 16-team women's Major League Volleyball team will include the Utah Honey Bears. The counterpart for the men will have the Utah Claws.

The league will be the standard 6 on 6, indoor volleyball. The 2009 MLV season will begin in January. Player tryouts and workouts will be held regionally with a national invitation-only pre-draft combine in late October in Las Vegas.

"The MLV has been long overdue," said Dustin Boast, MLV league founder. "Volleyball is a fixture across high schools and most university programs in the USA but there is no American indoor professional volleyball league for players to partake in. Many players have to leave the country or convert to beach volleyball. Also with the success of Arena Football leagues, professional lacrosse, and other leagues we are confident that Major League Volleyball will find its niche and provide great competitive sports entertainment."

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