With the ugly mess happening between the Mahindra Enforcers management and its players and coaches over claims of the team’s failure to honor contract obligations, there were some questions whether a labor union exists in the PBA.
Apparently, there is one, although it is not active anymore. The PBA Players’ Union was formed during the 1990s by some of the biggest names in the PBA, including “The Living Legend” Robert Jaworski, four-time PBA Most Valuable Players Ramon Fernandez and Alvin Patrimonio, and the late Arnie Tuadles, among others.
Multi-titled collegiate coach Franz Pumaren served as its founding president.
“Robert Jaworski was the chairman at that time, then I was elected president and Ramon Fernandez was the vice chairman. Alvin Patrimonio and the late Arnie Tuadles were also playing active roles and Tonichi Yturri handling the day to day operations,” Pumaren told InterAksyon.com in a telephone interview....
Those were the words of PBA board chair Robert Non, who flew back for home on Saturday morning but not after stating that Asia’s pioneering pro league is ready to alter its schedule for the coming season to accommodate Gilas Pilipinas.
“Basketball is enjoying a progress in the country, and it’s a matter of continuing that progress and retaining the glory,” Non told Filipino scribes over breakfast, shortly before heading for the airport to board a flight for Hong Kong together with some members of the board....
Alaska lent three players to the Gilas Pilipinas that is now in the semifinals of the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship: Calvin Abueva, Dondon Hontiveros and Sonny Thoss.
Their participation in the international scene could only make the Aces, who had two finals stints last season, even better once they return to the PBA, according to Alaska assistant coach Louie Alas....
MANILA, Philippines - Newly appointed PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa said he hopes to address the perennial problem of officiating by introducing the four-referee rotation in the 41st season which commences on Oct. 18.
While the three-referee crew on the floor remains, Narvasa is introducing the four-referee rotation, which allows the commissioner to assign an extra referee in each game. The fourth referee can substitute any of the three on the court, giving the commissioner four referees at his disposal every game.
Narvasa said the new format is one of the solutions he had in mind to keep the officiating constant in the PBA even as he pushes for better relationship between the 12 ballclubs and the pool of referees....
PBA fans can look forward to more exciting games with emphasis given to talent and strategy when the league opens its 41st season on Oct. 18.
“We’re back to playing the game of basketball as we learned it while growing up,” said n ewly-appointed PBA Commissioner Chito Narvasa.
Bridging the communication gap between the league’s 12 ballclubs and the pool of referees is high on the new commissioner’s list of priorities....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2014-2015 Governors' Cup||12||7||0.632||Runner-up|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||5||8||0.385||6th|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||17||9||0.654||Runner-up|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||8||7||0.533||4th|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||7||5||0.583||6th|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||7||10||0.412||8th|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||5||6||0.455||7th|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||18||4||0.818||Champions|
|2012-2013 Philippine Cup||12||10||0.545||4th|
|2011-2012 Governors' Cup||2||7||0.222||9th|