ESPN, ABC team for 13 AVP telecasts

Updated: February 25, 2010, 5:18 PM ET
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Beach volleyball is returning to ESPN in 2010.

The AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour will have 13 events on ESPN2 and ABC this season, starting April 18 with a women's event in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. All of the events will be televised in high definition.

Four events are slated for ABC -- the men's final June 6 at Huntington Beach, Calif., the women's final July 25 in Malibu, Calif., the women's final Aug. 22 in Manhattan Beach, Calif., and the men's final Aug. 29 in Chicago (the women's final that day will be on at midnight on ESPN2).

Matches will also be streamed on ESPN360.com (soon to be renamed ESPN3.com), plus up-to-the minute scores on the ESPN ScoreCenter mobile app for iPhone and iPod Touch devices.

There will also be additional streaming video on AVP.com of early-round matches.

"This new agreement gives us a consistent national reach that will be essential to our growth as a sport, and we couldn't be more excited that both our passionate fans and a growing new audience will be able to follow us on ESPN," said Jason Hodell, Chief Executive Officer of the AVP, in a statement.

"I believe this relationship with ESPN/ABC could do more in one broadcast to legitimize our players and the game than we know," said AVP commissioner Mike Dodd, a former Olympian and AVP star. "This is a great day for volleyball."

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