So that it can have talents that come in regularly, maintain the highest level of play possible, and be able to face the imminent exodus of its stars overseas, the PBA will now apply relaxed eligibility rules to foreign players with Filipino blood ( Fil-Foreign / Fil-Foreign) starting with the next rookie draft.
Once these top players make it to the league, they could see their pay rank increase.
As in the past they needed Bureau of Immigration and Department of Justice documents to qualify as Filipinos, foreign Fil players will now only need a valid Filipino passport to prove their roots and be allowed to play as locals.
“We’re basically going to look at Fil-Foreigners less rigorously now,” said Ricky Vargas, the president of the league representing TNT on the board. “As long as they have Filipino blood and can get passports, they can come and play for us. We will watch them with fewer rules to disqualify them. “
In the previous draft alone, the PBA missed the opportunity to sign potential blue-chippers like Jason Brickman and Brandon Ganuelas-Rosser because they failed to complete their paperwork in time. Jeremiah Gray, Taylor Statham and Tyrus Hill also did not join the draft due to lack of documents.
And in adjusting to the times, Vargas also told the Inquirer on Tuesday that the next step on this move is to improve the rookie wage scheme, which, for now, pales in comparison to the deals offered in Japan and other professional leagues in neighboring countries. which made it easier for PBA prospects to decide to leave.
“We cannot compete with Japan [in terms of salaries being paid]”Vargas said over the phone. “But [in having the talent come over to the PBA], we can continue to have the best professional league in the region.
“Now, if it happens that they are successful here and want to go elsewhere, then there is nothing we can do about it,” added Vargas. “But they (players and other leagues) have to respect the contracts they have with the PBA before them” [play elsewhere]. “
Upcoming rookies, such as Mikey Williams, who later won the Finals Most Valuable Player for TNT in the last Philippine Cup, have a salary cap of P150,000 per month. The deal is only sweetened with match-won or championship bonuses for teams to pay their players more.
“Because we are opening up [on eligibility], That [increase in rookies’ salaries], is the next logical step, ”Vargas said.
Vargas was also a guest at the PSA Forum previously with Commissioner Willie Marcial, who revealed that he was scheduled to speak with the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging and Infectious Diseases (IATF) to get fans in the stands. when the reinforced conference opens later this month.
With Alert Level 2 now downgraded in Metro Manila, the restrictions have somewhat relaxed as meetings with limited capacity have been approved for fully vaccinated people. The PBA hopes to once again be able to open its doors to its fans.
“We will humbly ask the IATF to allow our fans to return,” Marcial said in the forum’s weekly online session. “We just need to know the percentage of occupancy we can have for the fans during matches, what the seating arrangement will be, etc.”
After two entirely Filipino conferences held during the pandemic, the PBA will now play an import spice tournament that will begin tentatively on November 28 as team reinforcements are expected to arrive and quarantine as requested by the IATF.
“We are thrilled with the second conference. It will be an import conference and we can’t wait to have our fans back. This is our dream, “said Vargas.” It’s been two years [without fans]. We can’t wait to have them back in our tournaments. ”INQ
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