Professional volleyball is an unusual creature. In the US pro volleyball means beach volleyball. The AVP is a professional league that hasn't made money in over a decade. It has had any number of problems - mismanagement and inadequate funds. In the past few years it was largely held together by a tour sponsorship from Crocs (the shoes -- why does a shoeless sport use a sponsor who makes a product that has fallen from favor). The prize money was so low that only about the top eight athletes made enough money to live on.