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....
Fajardo, the reigning two-time MVP, remains to be the pacesetter with his 27.52 average statistical points (SPs) through the end of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals, but only by a mere 0.01 SP.
Fellow Cebuano and rival center Slaughter sits closely at second with 27.51....
At the end of the quarterfinals, Slaughter has accumulated an average of 34.2 statistical points (SPs) built on averages of 17.4 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 1.3 blocks per game over 12 contests.
Unfortunately for Slaughter, his BPC campaign took a huge hit after the Gin Kings were ousted at the end of the quarterfinals of the PBA Commissioner's Cup by the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters....
A return to glory land has been elusive even with all the team’s coaching changes from Siot Tanquingcen to Alfrancis Chua, Ato Agustin, Jeff Cariaso, Juno Sauler, Frankie Lim and Tim Cone.
Under Cone with all the championships under his belt, the Gin Kings have failed to make it past the quarterfinals in two conferences....
Cone, the winningest coach in PBA history with 18 championships, found himself disappointed on Tuesday as his Kings, for the second straight conference, were unable to get past the quarterfinal round as they fell in a two-game sweep in their best-of-three series with the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.
“It was the wrong time, obviously, to have an off-night. But that’s the next level for us, learning how to collectively play big games and big moments. The game was incredibly painful lesson for all of us, me especially,” Cone wrote in a text message to sportswriters....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2015-2016 Commissioners' Cup||7||6||0.538||5th|
|2015-2016 Philippine Cup||8||5||0.615||5th|
|2014-2015 Governors' Cup||5||7||0.417||8th|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||5||7||0.417||8th|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||7||6||0.538||5th|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||5||5||0.500||6th|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||3||7||0.300||8th|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||15||8||0.652||3rd|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||4||7||0.364||8th|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||12||12||0.500||Runner-up|