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06-14-2006, 07:33 AM
NCAA seeks NBI help vs game fixers

The Management Committee (ManCom) of the 82nd National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) will again seek the help of the National Bureau of Investigation in an attempt to prevent a repetition of the game-fixing scandal that rocked the league a year ago.

ManCom chairman Bernie Atienza of host College of Saint Benilde said that the move is more of a preventive measure as far as the NCAA is concerned. Although rumors of game fixing surrounded the league during its 81st season, nothing conclusive came out of the controversy, even after the NBI stepped into the picture.

"Actually, that started as allegations and it ended as such," Atienza said in the PSA Forum.

at the main function room of the Pantalan Restaurant in Manila where he was accompanied by NCAA commissioner Jun Bernardino.

"It [game-fixing] wasn’t there anymore once the NBI stepped in. So this year, we’re asking them to help us again as a preventive measure for the league," Atienza said in the session sponsored by Pagcor and Manila Mayor Lito Atienza.

Atienza and Bernardino are actually looking forward to a hassle-free opening of the league on June 24, which incidentally also marks a first in the history of the NCAA, as basketball and volleyball events open on the same day at the Araneta Coliseum (afternoon) and Ninoy Aquino Stadium (morning), respectively.

Elegant opening ceremonies kick off the basketball competitions at 1 p.m. followed by the matches pitting Saint Benilde against defending champion Letran at 2 p.m., Philippine Christian U versus Mapua Tech at 4 p.m., San Sebastian opposite University of Perpetual Help at 6 p.m. and Jose Rizal U against San Beda in the 8 p.m. nightcap.

Atienza said Saint Benilde is out to keep the NCAA general championship for the second straight year, while hoping to win the men’s basketball title to sweeten the pot.

The NCAA holds a kick-off party at 8:30 a.m. June 20 at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium where all students, athletes, coaches and officials of the eight member schools are expected to attend the affair.

On June 15 and 16, the league, in partnership with the Department of Health, will conduct doping tests on all athletes in preparation for the 2006 season.

DoH representatives are going to visit all member schools

07-19-2006, 07:31 AM
NCAA asks NBI to probe ‘fixing’


The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is seeking the help of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to investigate what the league suspects is a game-fixing ring victimizing some member schools.

NCAA management committee head Bernie Atienza said yesterday that it has asked the NBI to review the results of a recent game during which some officials observed that several people were making "excessive phone calls" during the game.

According to Atienza, what aroused their suspicion was that the men were even using two cell phones simultanously, one on each ear, and seemed to be monitoring the scoring of the game in question.

"Walang babaan (ng telepono)," said an NCAA source.

League officials said they have been keeping an eye on these individuals the past few weeks.

"We have been watching these people along with the (personnel) from the NBI but I don’t know why it happened when the NBI agents were no longer around (as they may have already called it a day) when it happened," Atienza said.

Atienza admitted that it’s difficult to prove game-fixing and point-shaving unless players and fixers are caught in the act.

"We can only speculate. Now the best we could do is make them aware that we know what they are up to," said Atienza.

07-19-2006, 07:32 AM
NBI agents to monitor NC ‘fixers’
By Abac Cordero
The Philippine Star 07/19/2006

The NBI might soon make its presence felt in the NCAA.

According to a reliable source, the NCAA management committee has called on the National Bureau of Investigation to look into the possibility of game-fixing in the collegiate league.

The source said this year, the NCAA has allotted 6 to 12 tickets per playing day to the NBI which may field agents to games, not to enjoy them but to look for possible signs of game-fixing.

NCAA management committee head Bernie Atienza of host school St. Benilde yesterday confirmed the presence of the NBI during the games.

Atienza said if indeed there is game-fixing in the NCAA, it would be very difficult or almost impossible to prove. But there’s no harm in trying to check the situation.

"We can only speculate because it’s a very hard thing to prove,’’ said Atienza. ‘"Now the best we could do is make them (possible culprits) aware that we know what they’re up to.’’

Atienza made the comments after a league insider said NCAA officials have noticed the presence of "suspicious" characters during the games.

The source mentioned a group of men normally seated at courtside, making "hand signs" and "excessive phone calls" while a game is in progress.

"We have been watching these people along with the NBI for quite sometime,’’ said the source who even noticed someone among the group simultaneously talking on two cellular phones.

The source said the NCAA is preparing to submit a report to the NBI in the next few days, including a videotape of last Monday’s game between St. Benilde and Jose Rizal University.

The Heavy Bombers led by 17 points in the third quarter and were still up by nine points in the dying minutes when the Blazers nearly caught up and lost the game by a mere two points.

The source said at the height of the St. Benilde rally, they noticed a lot of "activities" at courtside.

07-19-2006, 07:36 AM
NCAA suspects game-fixing, seeks NBI help--again

By Marc Anthony Reyes
Last updated 03:45am (Mla time) 07/19/2006

Published on page A29 of the July 19, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

ARE GAME-FIXERS manipulating the results of National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) men’s basketball?

That’s what the league is trying to find out as it prepares to send fresh evidence to the National Bureau of Investigation this week, according to league sources yesterday.

The league’s management committee (Mancom), the sources said, will ask the NBI to study the videotape of the Jose Rizal University-De La Salle-College of St. Benilde match Monday night at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium where the Heavy Bombers pulled off their first win in six starts.

The object of their suspicion is a group of “Chinese-looking” men at courtside who were seen making “excessive phone calls” just before the game ended. Some of them were seen using two cell phones at the same time.

The Heavy Bombers led by as many as 17 points in the third quarter and took a 12-point edge into the fourth. The CSB Blazers lost by just two points, triggering speculations that the game was rigged so JRU would still win by a “small-plus.”

Players on both teams and game officials might have been part of the “deal,” the sources said.

The game happened when the NBI agents who regularly watch the games have already left the venue.

“We have been watching over these people, along with the NBI, for quite some time,” said one of the sources. “I don't know why it happened when they [agents] were not there.”

NCAA Mancom chief Bernie Atienza said there are 6-12 tickets reserved for NBI agents every game day for the purpose of eradicating game-fixing.

The league also sought NBI assistance last year to dispel rumors that a group of people were fixing the results of some matches.

“We can only speculate because it’s a very, very hard thing to prove,” said Atienza of host College of St. Benilde. “Now the best we could do is to make them aware that we know what they are up to.”

Meanwhile, San Beda College, making its strongest title campaign in 27 years, faces University of Perpetual Help today at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The Red Lions (4-1) are gunning for their fourth straight win.

JRU, which finally posted its first win in five games last Monday, will collide with San Sebastian College (2-4) in the other seniors match.