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MLP by Margaritaville Announces Dates and Formats for 2024 Premier Level and Challenger Level Drafts

Premier Level Draft to Use Dynamic Bidding Process and be Held Tuesday, April 2; Challenger Level Draft to be Snake Format and Scheduled for Wednesday, April 3

Major League Pickleball (MLP by Margaritaville) today announced the dates and formats for the upcoming 2024 Drafts for both the Premier Level – Tuesday, April 2, at 6 p.m. ET – and Challenger Level – Wednesday, April 3, at 6 p.m.

The Premier Level Draft will take place remotely and see 48 players selected – four per team, with two men and two women on each roster. A unique dynamic bidding process will be used  and teams will have a budget to spend on a total of four winning bids to develop their roster.

To begin the draft, interested teams will submit bids for the first overall draft slot. Teams may bid more than once for the currently available draft slot. The team that has made the largest financial commitment at the conclusion of bidding will earn that draft slot and have three minutes to select any player from the available player pool. The process will repeat for each pick until 48 players have been selected and all 12 team rosters are filled.

The Challenger Level Draft will be held remotely, with 48 players to be selected – four per team, with two men and two women on each roster. A snake format – where the draft order will reverse in even-numbered rounds – will be used for the Challenger Level Draft. Draft slots will be randomly assigned at least one week before the draft and teams will have three minutes to make each pick once they are on the clock.

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