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Sorry AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, The Bell Tolls For Thee

No! How can this be? How is it possible that a sport featuring scantily-clad, incredibly fit women (and yes, guys competed, too…ladies) throwing themselves about, diving at balls on sunny beaches while playing slap-ass not be a sure-fire money maker? Something’s wrong here, kiddos. Why? Because the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour has gone belly-up, as the upstart has filed for bankruptcy protection.

Via ESPN/AP:

According to papers filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Los Angeles on Friday, the tour said it has less than $184,000 in assets and $4.97 million in liabilities. Among those owed money are Olympic gold medal winners Todd Rogers, Phil Dalhausser and Kerri Walsh.

The AVP had hoped to cash in on the popularity of the sport after the American sweep of the gold medals at the Beijing Games. But the troubled economy scared sponsors and investors away. The tour shut down in August when it ran out of funding. It canceled the last five events on the schedule.

Absolutely shocking.  I guess from this point forward, anyone with a hankering for some sexy, sweaty beach volleyball action will have to resort to purchasing a copy of Side Out (starring C. Thomas Howell and Peter Horton!) or continue to wear out their copy of Top Gun watching the extremely homoerotic volleyball scene (not linked – you’re welcome). Highway to the Danger Zone and Playing With Them Boys and so on and so forth.

At least we will have the memories of the splendor and all that was wonderful, competitive and sexy about AVP beach volleyball…

Sigh. It will be missed.

AVP tour files for bankruptcy [ESPN/AP]