Tuesday, January 4, 2011
3 big firms to field teams to 'D-League'
MANILA, Philippines – At least three companies have already signified intentions to field teams to the Philippine Basketball Association Development-League (PBA D-League), which will be launched early this year.
According to PBA.ph, these are San Miguel Beer, represented by alternate governor Robert Non; Meralco, through governor Ramon Segismundo; and Maynilad, through former PBA chairman Ricky Vargas.
A fourth company, Healthwell Nutraceuaticals, has also reportedly expressed interest in helping PBA fulfill the project.
On January 25, PBA Commissioner Chito Salud will present the PBA D-League proposal to the PBA Board of Governors.
Salud earlier explained that the project, dubbed as the local version of the National Basketball Association (NBA) Developmental League, will act as a farm for amateur players who would want to take a shot in the first play-for-pay league in Asia.
He added that the league will also be open for other interested ball clubs that do not belong to PBA.
“The PBA is not just about being the country’s top sports entertainment league... Our constitution mandates us to be involved in the development of Philippine basketball and to encourage greater participation in the game by opening new areas of competition," he said.
Salud had added that the project merge -- and revive -- two leagues, the Philippine Basketball League (PBL) and Liga Pilipinas.
As of posting time, there has been no confirmed tournament director for the project.