This year, the league is looking to top that as it considers holding the ceremonies in the country’s largest arena – the 55,000-seater Philippine Arena at the Ciudad de Victoria in Bocaue, Bulacan.
PBA operations chief Rickie Santos confirmed in a text message that the league would like to kick off the new season in the venue if things are in place in time.
“Yup, may chance if the facilities are laid out on September 18,” Santos said....
MANILA, Philippines – Gilas Pilipinas players intend to go hard on boxing idol Manny Pacquiao to test his competence in their coming PBA encounters.
If Pacquiao is not good enough to play pro ball, Gilas players said they would make Pacquiao feel it for his own good and the dignity of professional basketball players.
No one seems to be excited to play the eight-division boxing champ on the hard court....
MANILA, Philippines - Average attendance took a dip in the PBA last season due to adjustments in schedule to allow an extended training period for the national team but the pro league’s new chairman Patrick Gregorio said the other day the goal is to set a record in live audience numbers in the 40th anniversary campaign starting Oct. 19.
The average attendance record for a season is 7,700 set in 1996 and nearly broken in 2010-11. Indications are clear that a new record will soon be made with crowds of over 20,000 recently storming the gates of venues for big games. Last season opened with an audience of 20,298 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum and ended with 23,234 witnessing Game 5 of the Governors Cup Finals between San Mig Coffee and Rain Or Shine. During the season, the PBA recorded an all-time, single-game attendance mark of 24,883 in Game 7 of the Philippine Cup semifinals between San Mig Coffee and Barangay Ginebra San Miguel to eclipse the previous high of 23,436 in Game 3 of the 2012-13 Commissioner’s Cup Finals between Alaska and Ginebra.
For the first time in its 39-year history, the PBA will welcome 12 teams this season. Kia Motors and Blackwater are joining the fold as expansion franchises. N-Lex is another new member after buying the Air 21 franchise....
Danny Ildefonso and Willie Miller, two future Hall of Famers, are among those included on the list.
More than a decade ago, they were the best in their respective positions. But how time flew by so fast — now, both of them are still left unsigned about a month before the start of the new PBA season....
And there’s no better entity to lead the upsurge other than the Philippine Basketball Association.
After accepting two expansion teams for the coming season to make it a 12-team field, the PBA, according to new chair Pato Gregorio of PLDT, is looking at adding at least two more before the 41st season gets off the ground next year....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||3||7||0.300||8th|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||2||7||0.222||9th|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||5||11||0.312||6th|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||4||6||0.400||6th|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||5||9||0.357||9th|
|2012-2013 Philippine Cup||4||10||0.286||9th|
|2011-2012 Governors' Cup||4||6||0.400||8th|
|2011-2012 Commissioners' Cup||8||9||0.471||4th|
|2011-2012 Philippine Cup||6||9||0.400||8th|
|2010-2011 Governors' Cup||0||8||0.000||9th|