Marcial continues to focus on opening slated for July as PBA study group finalizes report

PBA Willie Marcial

DOSSIER – PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial. PBA IMAGES

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Basketball Association plans to open its 46th season in the middle of this month, and Commissioner Willie Marcial hopes the league’s study group – tasked with reviewing contentious PBA policies – will also be completed. by then.

“The study group is finalizing its report for the next board meeting. We are now tweaking some things, ”said Marcial.

“We will let everyone know once we have finished reviewing the policies,” Marcial assured, acknowledging that the league has come under intense scrutiny following news of the star goalkeeper signing. Kiefer Ravena with a Japanese professional club.

PBA management held back Ravena’s offer just days after Shiga Lakestars’ announcement, with President Ricky Vargas himself saying the playmaker “must honor his contract with NLEX and with the PBA.”

A few weeks later, Juan Gomez de Liaño, the former University of the Philippines goalkeeper and former Gilas Pilipinas goalkeeper, signed with Earth Friends Tokyo Z, a Division 2 team also from the B.League.

News reports subsequently surfaced claiming that several top PBA prospects are also being courted by other Japanese teams.

Marcial said the PBA is keeping an eye on these developments, noting the importance of the study group’s report which covers a range of topics such as live contracts, absences and recruit eligibility.

“Suffice it to say that important issues have been addressed. It is, however, important to note that there are things the PBA can do immediately while other concerns may require the involvement of other institutions with the same urgency, which can take time, ”said the vice president Bobby Rosales, who also heads the league study. group.

“We stress that the report should only be the first step and that constant review of the rules is needed as basketball continues to evolve globally without sacrificing the competitiveness of the PBA,” he said. -he adds.

For now, the league chief has said he’s just getting his priorities straight.

“At the moment, I am only focusing on opening the season,” said Marcial, who is now just waiting for the invitation of the national government’s pandemic task force for a meeting.

The PBA, which hopes to host two conferences this year, plans to host its official matches at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City or at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.

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