MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) is planning to bring in players from other Asian countries to add flavor and interest in the league.
The league is looking to implement the “Asian integration” in the season-ending Governors’ Cup wherein the PBA clubs are allowed to field one player each with a 6-foot-4 height ceiling.
“The board agreed to try it for one conference specifically and exclusively for marketing outside the country and within the Asian region,” said PBA board chairman Patrick Gregorio in the league’s official website.
“It’s another way of looking at the PBA as the No. 1 professional league in Asia.”...
Following the epic turnaround of the National University sports program in recent years, it’s no surprise that businessman and chief NU backer Hans Sy is being wooed to test the waters on a bigger stage – the PBA.
A highly-placed source revealed that a meeting has been arranged between Sy and PBA commissioner Chito Salud, although the businessman himself declined to comment about it for now.
“Wala pa, I couldn’t comment yet. It’s very attractive but I cannot comment yet,” Sy told a small group of sportswriters after the Bulldogs booked a seat in the UAAP finals for the first time in 44 years....
MANILA, Philippines – PBA commissioner Chito Salud and the league chair Patrick Gregorio are to meet with their counterparts with the Korean Basketball League Thursday to look for possible areas of cooperation or tie-ups.
Salud sought the meeting to make the most of their Seoul visit.
“We're reaching out with our Asian counterparts,” said Gregorio....
SEOUL, South Korea—The Philippine Basketball Association will have a 10-month season starting Oct. 19 as it accommodates a 12-team field that will play three long conferences beginning with the Philippine Cup.
The league’s board of governors unanimously approved the Oct. 19 to Aug. 7 schedule that will have games scheduled at least four times a week, sometimes five, when out-of-town games are slated on Saturdays.
After the Philippine Cup—the most prestigious title staked every year—the import-flavored Commissioner’s and Governors’ Cups will be played where imports of unlimited height will be allowed for the tail-ending four teams....
INCHEON, South Korea—On the eve of his first official act as new PBA chair, Talk ‘N Text governor Patrick Gregorio could not help but dream big. As in, continent-sized huge.
“We’re looking at ‘PBA Asia’ as a way of expanding our brand across the continent,” said Gregorio, who is here as part of the boxing delegation to the 17th Asian Games.
Gregorio wants to expand the roster of PBA players to Asian standouts not only as a means to breach international markets as far as the PBA teams are concerned, but to open the eyes of Filipino fans to other brands of basketball....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||12||8||0.600|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||12||9||0.571||Champions|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||17||13||0.567||Champions|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||14||8||0.636||Champions|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||11||10||0.524||3rd|
|2012-2013 Philippine Cup||13||8||0.619||3rd|
|2011-2012 Governors' Cup||13||9||0.591||Runner-up|
|2011-2012 Commissioners' Cup||15||9||0.625||Champions|
|2011-2012 Philippine Cup||10||6||0.625||5th|
|2010-2011 Governors' Cup||5||8||0.385||6th|