Pro Kabaddi League was conceptualized & founded by Mashal Sports promoted by Anand Mahindra, Charu Sharma and Rajiv Luthra. The leagues inception was influenced by the popularity of the Kabaddi tournament at the 2006 Asian Games. The format of the competition was influenced by Indian Premier League. The Pro Kabaddi League uses a franchise-based model and its first season was held in 2014 with eight teams. For the 2017 season, the PKL added four new teams, and changed its format to split the teams into two divisions known as "zones".
VIVO Pro Kabaddi, a ground-breaking initiative by Mashal Sports and STAR India, is the only league to bring the franchise-based format to India’s indigenous sport of kabaddi. Ever since its inception in 2014, the league has revolutionised the sport with stunning innovations, which has made it into an aspirational sport for players and fans alike. Backed by the International Kabaddi Federation (IKF), Asian Kabaddi Federation (AKF) and the Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India (AKFI), the league has witnessed tremendous growth over the past five seasons. VIVO Pro Kabaddi now has unprecedented participation from various parts of the country owing to the outreach over the past five seasons and the advent of new programmes pioneered by Mashal Sports to encourage young talent from across the country. Kabaddi is now seen as a viable career option by various aspiring players in India and abroad.
Mashal Sports Pvt. Ltd announced that the sixth season of the VIVO Pro Kabaddi will begin on 5th October, 2018. The league promises to be the biggest kabaddi spectacle of the year, and is planned to go on for a duration of 13 weeks, consistent with the format of Season V of the league. Simultaneously, Mashal Sports Pvt. Ltd has also announced that VIVO Pro Kabaddi Season VII will commence on Friday, 19th July 2019, and will maintain the 13-week format.