India is not only about the rich culture, spices, Bollywood, and colors. It is also about diversity in sports. From the Indian Super League (ISL) to the Indian Premier League (IPL), Indians have celebrated each and every type of sport in the nation.
The Pro Kabaddi League (PKL), is an Indian professional-level kabaddi league which was initiated in the year 2014. It is broadcasted and initially sponsored by Star Sports. Later, it changed its name to Vivo Pro Kabaddi League in 2017, as Vivo became its sponsor since then. The concept of the league came after getting inspired by the kabaddi tournament at the 2006 Asian Games.
Before 2014, there was no such big tournament held like PKL in history. It even became the most viewed leagues with 435 million viewers, after the 2014 Indian Premier League (IPL), which had 552 million viewers. In the inaugural season, it had 8 teams but four more were added in the 2017 and 2018-19 season. This led to the change in the tournament’s format.
Kabaddi is such a sport that every Indian like to watch after cricket and football. Since the Pro Kabaddi League started, it increased the love for the game, among all the Indians. The viewership of the game has increased every day and every year. Online viewership also increased in 2015. In the second season, it increased to 1.3 crore unique visitors, which was 18.5 times than of the 2014 inaugural season, which had 7 lakh, unique visitors.