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....
The 29-year-old Tropang TNT Texter has finally got his diploma years after leaving college for professional basketball.
Castro was one of Philippine Christian University’s (PCU) biggest stars in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the early 2000’s....
After carrying the fight for the Singapore Slingers in the last game of the recently concluded ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) season, it did not take long before Kris Rosales received offers from multiple teams to join them.
The 19th pick of the 2015 PBA draft by Barako Bull, Rosales was left unsigned as the team suddenly traded for multiple point guards, rendering Rosales’ spot redundant. After helping the Singapore Slingers make it to the ABL Finals for the first time missing two conferences in the PBA, Rosales decided to sign a multiple year contract with Tropang TNT.
“It was difficult not being signed because I was so anxious to play in the PBA. I was only down about it for a couple days then I moved on and focused on the next part of my journey,” Rosales said....
There was a time not too long ago when Tropang TNT was consistently contending for every title. But since its last championship in last season’s Commissioner’s Cup, they’ve failed to advance past the quarterfinal round and missed the final four in three straight conferences.
That struggle isn’t lost on Tropang TNT’s ace point guard Jayson Castro.
“Parang hirap na hirap kaming maka-semis ngayon unlike before na automatic semis kami, andun kami agad,” Castro said....
Tropang TNT team owner Manuel V. Pangilinan spoke with the management and coaching staff in a lengthy meeting on Friday night right after the team was eliminated from the Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup following a best-of-three quarterfinals loss to Alaska.
For a team so accustomed to winning, the result was disappointing as Tropang TNT failed to get past the quarterfinal round for a third straight conference.
“Obviously, it was a disappointing game tonight, as it was in the second game,” Pangilinan told a small group of sportswriters....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2015-2016 Commissioners' Cup||7||7||0.500||6th|
|2015-2016 Philippine Cup||7||6||0.538||6th|
|2014-2015 Governors' Cup||5||6||0.455||10th|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||16||7||0.696||Champions|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||10||7||0.588||4th|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||10||5||0.667||3rd|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||14||3||0.824||Runner-up|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||9||8||0.529||5th|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||3||7||0.300||9th|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||11||10||0.524||4th|