MANILA, Philippines – PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa said the other day that with expansion in the back burner, he will focus attention on the immediate goals of growing the operations, making the league more relevant and creating a lively game atmosphere of fan engagement.
Narvasa disclosed that at least four corporations are in line for new franchises but the Board of Governors appears inclined to hold off for at least two years. “Expansion is up to the Board,” he said. “Right now, we’re trying to perfect our system so that every franchise gets maximum value with the available venues. My commitment to the team owners is to run the league efficiently and make sure every game is fair and square. At the end of every game, there should be no doubt that the better team won.”
Now that the Board has struck out the position of CEO from the table of organization, Narvasa said his job is to establish a viable structure that will prepare the league for the long-term. “First of all, you can’t make a corporation out of the PBA,” he said. “That will involve a major restructuring and going to the SEC. The PBA was conceived as non-stock, non-profit. What we want is to professionalize the league’s operations and you don’t need to make the PBA a corporation to achieve that objective.”
A management expert with an extensive financial background, Narvasa said he has reorganized the league where designated department heads or directors report to him through assistant Pita Dobles, in charge of all administrative matters. Dobles is Narvasa’s filter and also acts as the centralizing executive for functions such as purchasing....
While some of his players – holdovers from those championship teams in the past – could not help but cherish those past accomplishments, Webb is looking ahead, hoping to continue crafting a new identity on top of their solid showing in the Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals, where they pushed Philippine Cup champs San Miguel to the limit.
“We don’t look at the past,” Webb said at the end of their campaign. “We look at the present then we plan for the future. Whatever happened in the past, that’s the past.”...
Peter June Simon is hopeful that the Hotshots will trot the same crew when the third conference rolls on.
“Yung ganda ng nilaro namin, mainly dahil kay Ricardo (Ratliffe). Sobrang fit nya sa team so hopefully, makasama namin ulit sya (We played a great game, mainly because of Ricardo. He is really fit for the team so hopefully we can play with him again.),” he said....
If not for Chris Ross's late-game heroics, Star would have toppled the top-seed Beermen to advance to the final four.
“We gave them a run for their money,” Webb told Karlo Sacamos in report for sports website Spin.ph “A couple of loose balls went their way and they made championship plays.” ...
Ricardo Ratliffe and the Star Hotshots may have seen their Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup campaign come to an end after falling short in their upset bid on Wednesday but that doesn’t necessarily mean the end to that partnership.
With the Hotshots finishing among the bottom four teams in the league – that is, for the latest computation taking both the Philippine Cup and the Commissioner’s Cup into account – they could have the opportunity to bring back Ratliffe, who has performed very well for the team this conference.
Star governor Rene Pardo told InterAksyon.com in an exclusive interview that the PBA board has made a review and the consensus is that the four lowest teams in the standings will be allowed to have imports standing up to 6-foot-9 while the other eight teams will have a height limit of 6-foot-5....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2015-2016 Commissioners' Cup||6||7||0.462||8th|
|2015-2016 Philippine Cup||4||8||0.333||9th|
|2014-2015 Governors' Cup||8||8||0.500||4th|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||11||6||0.647||3rd|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||6||6||0.500||7th|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||12||8||0.600||Champions|
|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|