MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Basketball Association plans to open its 46th season in the middle of this month, and Commissioner Willie Marcial is hopeful that the league’s study group, charged with reviewing the PBA’s contentious policies, will also be ready by then.
“The study group is finalizing its report for the next board meeting. Now we are just polishing a few things,” Marcial said.
“We are going to let everyone know once we are done with the policies,” Marcial said, acknowledging the fact that the league has come under scrutiny following news of the signing of star guard Kiefer Ravena with a Japanese professional club.
The PBA leadership stopped Ravenna’s bid a few days after the Shiga Lakestars announcement, and President Ricky Vargas himself said that the playmaker “has to fulfill his contract with NLEX and with the PBA.”
Just a few weeks later, University of the Philippines standout and former Gilas Pilipinas point guard Juan Gómez de Liaño signed with Earth Friends Tokyo Z, a Division 2 team also from the B. League.
Later media reports emerged saying that other Japanese teams are also courting various top-line PBA prospects.
Marcial said the PBA is aware of such developments, noting the importance of the study group’s report covering a variety of topics such as live contracts, no-shows and rookie eligibility.
Suffice it to say that important issues were addressed. However, it is important to note that there are things that the PBA can do immediately, while other concerns may need the involvement of other institutions just as urgently, which can take time, ”said Vice President Bobby Rosales, who also leads the league study. group.
“We emphasize that the report should be only the initial step and constant review of the rules is needed as basketball continues to evolve globally without sacrificing the competitiveness of the PBA,” he added.
For now, the league chief said he is simply sorting out his priorities.
“Right now, I’m just focused on opening the season,” said Marcial, who is now just waiting for the invitation of the national government’s working group against the pandemic for a meeting.
The PBA, which hopes to hold two conferences this year, is looking to host its official games at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City or at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.
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