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09-04-2007, 07:48 AM
Foot in the door


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SPORTING CHANCE By JOAQUIN M. HENSON
Philstar.com

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From the looks of things, Chito Salud has the inside track on becoming the next PBA commissioner.


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From the looks of things, Chito Salud has the inside track on becoming the next PBA commissioner.



For one thing, Salud is now on some kind of on-the-job training. OIC Sonny Barrios brought him along as a consultant, both declining to be paid even a peso for their services. In a sense, he’s got a foot in the door. Salud is getting his feet wet, learning the ways of the league up close from Barrios who worked 18 years in the front office.



For another, Salud comes with a distinguished pedigree. His father Rudy was a former commissioner with a wealth of experience as a sports administrator.



Of course, Salud himself has impressive credentials. He’s a lawyer like his father. He shares the same passion for sports as his father. And he’s just as brilliant. Salud, 45, was previously the president of the National Home Mortgage Finance Corp. and the National Resources Development Corp.



The oldest of seven children, Salud is the vanguard of the family. His brother Ato works for a multi-national company and is based in Singapore while another brother Arnold is a noted ophthalmologist. The three sons are as charismatic and driven as their father who by the way, is just as proud of his four daughters.



Knowing the Salud patriarch, I can almost hear him saying his children owe their success not to him but to their mother, his wife Pampin.



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A few days ago, the former commissioner was on the phone talking about his son.



“I’ve had a couple of serious talks with Chito,” said Salud, the father. “I don’t want to influence his thinking in any way but I advised him to forget about how the league was run during the years of Leo (Prieto), Rey (Marquez) and the others because times have changed. When the PBA was organized in 1975, it was in the heat of martial law. The MICAA owners broke away to form the PBA. The dictatorship was doing well but when martial law began to wane, the PBA also started to question the wide powers of the commissioner.”



Salud said as the PBA progressed, team owners asserted their proprietary rights and it was only logical.



“There’s a big difference between the NBA and the PBA,” said Salud. “In the NBA, teams are scattered all over the US. In the PBA, all the teams are based in Metro Manila and games are played mostly in Metro Manila. So it’s understandable that team owners want to be hands-on with the way the league is run because the center of operations is common to all. A commissioner must respect the reality that the owners, through the Board, call the shots. It’s crucial that for a commissioner to function properly, he must gain the trust and confidence of the owners.”



Salud said he’d rather not comment on whether the PBA should adapt FIBA rules or stick as close to NBA rules as possible. “That’s for the Board to decide,” said Salud.



But Salud said he agrees with SBP president Manny Pangilinan that the dream of bringing the Philippines back on top of Asian basketball shouldn’t be shelved because there is a popular clamor for it. Fans love the sport and the dream of Asian supremacy shouldn’t be extinguished just because the Philippines finished a lowly ninth place in the last FIBA-Asia Championships.



“Initially, I felt that if we didn’t qualify for the Beijing Olympics, we should just forget about playing basketball internationally,” said Salud. “But I’m convinced our people want a strong national team to play in the Asian championships. They want the national team to play in the Olympics and World Championships. So the question is how do we get ahead?”





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Salud said it’s clear in his mind the pick-up system of recruiting players for the national team won’t work.



“Even the NBA found out it doesn’t work,” said Salud. “It’s not about talent. It’s about playing as a team under the FIBA system. I believe in the national pool concept. I think we should build a team of youngsters and keep it intact for at least four years during which no one turns pro unless he is cut.”



Salud said the concept can work because San Miguel Corp. chairman Eduardo Cojuangco Jr. as basketball godfather proved it when the Philippines regained the Asian title in 1985.



“When push comes to shove, I know the pool concept will work,” said Salud. “The team can play as a guest in the PBA like Northern Cement did before and it can be exposed to FIBA rules playing in various international competitions during the year.”



Aside from basketball, Salud had some comments on boxing, particularly about Manny Pacquiao.



“I admire Manny for pulling up stakes in Los Angeles and deciding to train in Cebu,” said Salud. “It’s disrespectful to a champion of Manny’s caliber to be dictated by Americans. I’m glad Freddie (Roach) followed Manny to Cebu because I remember when Manny was training for (Jorge) Solis, Freddie wanted him to go to (Oscar) de la Hoya’s camp in Puerto Rico. Manny’s the boss and the Americans should show some respect for him.”

gameface_one
10-28-2007, 08:16 AM
Search for PBA comish to intensify
By Joaquin Henson
Sunday, October 28, 2007
philstar.com


PBA officer-in-charge Sonny Barrios said yesterday he will not extend his stay as interim commissioner beyond the end of the Philippine Cup conference and expressed confidence the Board of Governors will find a permanent replacement for Noli Eala before long.

Barrios said PBA chairman Tony Chua is convening the search committee after the All Saints Day break and will cast the mold to determine which of the available contenders fit.

Barrios said in last Tuesday’s Board meeting, Chua attempted to schedule a committee meeting the next day but some of the members had previous commitments. The committee is made up of Chua, immediate past PBA chairman Ricky Vargas, Lito Alvarez, Robert Non and Joaquin Trillo.

“If the Board won’t appoint a permanent commissioner by the time the conference ends, then there will be another OIC to replace me,” said Barrios.

Vargas said he expects the permanent commissioner to be named by Jan. 1.

It was during Vargas’ last Board meeting as chairman where Barrios was picked. The meeting took six hours.

“Maybe, there’s a David Stern out there waiting to be appointed,” said Vargas, referring to the NBA commissioner. “Seriously, I researched the backgrounds of several sports commissioners and I found the characteristics of an ideal commissioner to be – he must be a professional manager, a marketing guy and one who understands finance, loves the game and has high integrity.”

Vargas said the committee will set the standards for the new commissioner. But he didn’t hesitate to describe what he thinks the mold should look like.

“For one thing, he shouldn’t be afraid to lose his job,” said Vargas, senior vice president for the international and carrier business group and human resources group of PLDT. “He should do what is right. He should have no other ambition than to do his best as commissioner. He should not be overwhelmed by the public adulation and the power of his office. He shouldn’t be afraid to take risks. He should have a strong marketing sense with a lot of new ideas. He should be an innovator, trying out things even if they’re untested.”

An important factor is the ability to understand and manage the Board.

“The Board is composed of 10 men with different personalities, styles of doing things and interests,” said Vargas. “The commissioner must know how to facilitate the process of gathering a consensus, to create a culture among many cultures. He must gain the respect of the Board and that means coming with a high level of integrity.”

Vargas said the list of candidates includes Freddie Webb, Robert Jaworski, Chito Salud and Lambert Ramos.

“The commissioner is the face of the league and he will always be in the public eye,” he continued. “We’re not looking for a political leader. We’re looking for an inspiring leader who can deliver the league’s message to 20,000 people listening to him in the coliseum. He must almost be charismatic in nature without being abrasive or awed by his power.”

Vargas said if the plan to transform the PBA into a corporation materializes, the commissioner will become the president or chief operating officer with commissioners for marketing, finance and operations. The chairman will be the chief executive officer.

Vargas, whose grandfather Jorge was the Philippine Olympic Committee president from 1936 to 1955 and the first Filipino to become an International Olympic Committee member, was the PBA chairman last season when league income grew by 47% and gate receipts by 17%. He brought the PBA back in the pink of financial health and laid out a long-term vision that includes building its own coliseum, expansion and a transformation into a corporation.

gameface_one
11-06-2007, 09:03 AM
The chairman and the commissioner



Ed Picson
mb.com.ph

SINCE TONY Chua assumed the chairmanship of the Philippine Basketball Association shortly before the start of the 2007-2008 season, many were taken aback at the unorthodox style taken by the Red Bull governor in dispatching his duties and responsibilities as head of the policy-making body of the league.


Some eyebrows were raised when he showed up at the PBA offices regularly and immersed himself in the day to day activities of the league.

There were also times when he very frankly voiced out his opinions on several issues confronting the league, prompting many to ask if he was going to be involved in the operational facet of the PBA.

Last Sunday at the Cuneta Astrodome, I was surprised by a gentle and playful arm lock from behind and who would it be but the affable Chairman Tony who rued that we had not been able to get together since the season started.

I took the opportunity to invite him to my radio show the following day (Monday, Sports Radio 918 kHz, 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon). He readily acceded and he indeed was my guest yesterday.

After giving us an update on the situation with the new rules that everyone was trying to adjust to ("I’m happy with the current state-about 50% adjustment among all the parties concerned; we have to credit Commissioner Barrios for closely monitoring this-especially the performance of our referees"), I posed the question on his being a "hands-on" chairman.

The former Letran football player and manager chuckled a bit and demurred, saying it was not a matter of being hands on, but trying to help out. He says he feels that PBA governors should also be aware of what is happening in the field and give support and assistance when needed.

"I have full confidence in acting Commissioner Barrios and his staff because they know the ins and outs of the league. I try to come in 3 or 4 times a week to see if there is anything I can do to help. That way, I also keep abreast of what is happening".

Asked about the status of the search for a permanent commissioner, Chua says the committee tasked to recommend names for the position has not been able to come up with a list yet and has not really been able to meet recently because of the protracted holidays and other circumstances.

"Anyway I feel Comm. Barrios is doing a good job, so there’s really no hurry," said Chua.

Sensing an undercurrent, I asked if it meant they’re going to ask Barrios to take on the job on a permanent basis. The PBA chair countered that if indeed that is the consensus of the governors, then why not?

I informed Chua that I had talked to Barrios on my show a week before and when asked what his reaction would be if the PBA requests him to stay on, Barrios took the briefest of pauses and said "if they’re going to request me to stay on in a permanent capacity, I will probably request them back to allow me to just fulfill my end of the agreement which was to help out until they could find a suitable person to take over".

Barrios reiterated that he and his family were in the process of putting up a business in the States and besides, he said: "I’m no spring chicken…I’d like to take it easy."

" I’m already sixty!" addd the mild-mannered but very fit former PBA executive director who spent the better part of two decades with the league.

"In that case," Chua sighed, "I guess if the board decides we want him to stay, we’ll just have to appeal to him – knowing that he loves the league – to reconsider. That’s all we can do really. Anyway the arrangement was he’ll stay on till the end of this conference so there is still a lot of time and so many things can still happen."

Meantime, what of the wannabes and those who were mentioned as possible appointees?

I guess with the rest of us, they’ll just have to wait with bated breath and see whose request will ultimately be granted.

gameface_one
11-13-2007, 08:00 AM
PBA body starts search for commish
Philstar.com

Tuesday, November 13, 2007
The search for the seventh commissioner of the Philippine Basketball Association officially starts today as the Selection Committee led by league chairman Tony Chua has opened the door for prospective candidates for position vacated by Noli Eala.

For the first time since its creation in Macau a little over a month ago, the Selection Committee that also included PBA vice-chairman Joaqui Trillo (Alaska), league treasurer Robert Non (Magnolia), former chairman Ricky Vargas (Talk n Text) and Air21 governor Lito Alvarez as members assembled at the PBA headquarters in Libis, Quezon City yesterday laid the criteria for the new PBA commissioner.

PBA officer-in-charge Sonny Barrios, who was also at the meeting, said the committee agreed that the selection process will be based on “points system.”

He said a timetable for the take over has also been set.

During the three-hour meeting, the committee has reached a consensus that the next commissioner should have an excellent “General Management Perspective” with strong suits in marketing and finance.

According to Barrios, after carefully taking into account the source of the league’s lifeline, the committee has unanimously agreed to put premium on marketing skills and gave it a corresponding 40 points. Barrios said the candidate should also be well rounded in matters concerning finance that is worth 20 points.

“Taking into consideration that the PBA generates its resources from sales, television rights and sponsorship, the committee felt the next commissioner should possess a vast knowledge in marketing and sales because that’s the lifeblood of the league,” Barrios said.

The committee also shares the same point of view that the candidates should be Independent minded (no financial interest, direct or indirect in any professional basketball league, team or part of its management), known for his integrity (moral, financial and mental honesty) and has good public relations (strong ability to communicate with the different stakeholders of the association, i.e media, board, etc.).

amdgc82
11-14-2007, 08:46 PM
6 names floated for PBA commissioner post
By Musong R. Castillo
Inquirer
Last updated 07:07pm (Mla time) 11/14/2007

SIX names belonging to various fields were revealed as the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) on Wednesday released the first batch of nominees for the league’s seventh--and permanent--commissioner.

In the list are Carlo Singson, a Filipino working for NBA Asia, lawyer Chito Salud, telecommunications executive Lambert Ramos, businessman and player-agent Arben Santos, Samahang Basketbol Pilipinas (Basketball Society of the Philippines) secretary-general Patrick Gregorio and former PBA finance chief and banker Ricky Palou.

The nominations will remain open until Nov. 23 after which the board will trim down the list to as few as three before deliberating in January next year.

Officer-in-charge Sonny Barrios said that the nominees were named by members of the board without their knowledge and those who turn out to be interested candidates will then be interviewed.

But Palou, the former San Miguel player and very close friend of late commissioner Emilio “Jun” Bernardino, in a telephone interview, told the Philippine Daily Inquirer (parent company of INQUIRER.net) that he was not interested.

“I have a contract to run the Ateneo athletic program until 2010,” Palou said. “I’m happy where I am now because I deal with young people here and I can dip my hands in all sports [in the UAAP].”

Singson has vast experience in running the NBA marketing and publicity program in Asia. And it would be a challenge for the board how they can lure him out of his lucrative and more glamorous post.

Salud, meanwhile, is the son of the eminent Rudy, the PBA commish during the league’s greatest years in the 1990s. He currently serves as Barrios’ special assistant and adviser.

Ramos’ name, meanwhile, has floated ever since the search for the man to succeed the resigned Noli Eala started in August. Ramos is a former executive of Alaska who turned Nextel around and the PBA obviously want to tap the marketing genius in him.

Santos, aside from being the agent of ex-Ateneo stars Enrico Villanueva, Larry Fonacier, etc., owns the Cinnabon chain in the Philippines aside from other business interests.

Gregorio, who is also the elder brother of Purefoods coach Ryan, holds a high position with Microtel in the country while occupying the most sensitive post in the Samahang Basketbol Pilipinas.

amdgc82
11-15-2007, 02:59 AM
Salud heads commish list
By Dave Coros
Correspondent
BusinessMirror
THU NOVEMBER 15, 2007

PHILIPPINE Basketball Association (PBA) officer-in-charge Sonny Barrios announced last night the initial list of personalities who were nominated by the league’s board of governors to replace resigned commissioner Noli Eala.

The short list is bannered by lawyer Chito Salud, whose father Rudy was the league’s former commissioner from 1988 to 92. At present, Chito acts as Barrios’s legal consultant.

The other candidates are telecom executive Lambert Ramos, businessman Arben Santos, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas executive director Patrick Gregorio, National Basketball Association Asia executive Carlo Singson and Ricky Palou, former PBA finance director and Ateneo’s representative to the University Athletic Association of the Philippines board.

Barrios said the names of the candidates were either proposed by people close to certain board members or the board members themselves.

Noticeably missing were former senators Freddie Webb and Robert Jaworski, acknowledge as basketball’s living legend. Barrios was also not on the list, as earlier predicted by some camps.

“The nominations have just started today. We have still seven working days to accept nominations so I still foresee more names to be added,” said the soft-spoken Barrios.

The deadline for nominations is November 23.

After the nomination process, Barrios said all the candidates will be screened by the Selection Committee.

“Some of the candidates were nominated without their knowledge or consent. So some names might be crossed out. We’ll know that soon enough when they read their names in the papers tomorrow [Thursday],” Barrios said.

“Those who are interested will be asked to submit their résumé so the Selection Committee will be informed of their background and credentials.”* *

During their meeting Tuesday, the Selection Committee has reached a consensus that the PBA’s next commissioner should have an excellent “General Management Perspective” with strong marketing and finance acumen.

The committee, composed of league chairman Tony Chua (Red Bull), vice chairman Joaqui Trillo (Alaska), league treasurer Robert Non (Magnolia), former chairman Ricky Vargas (Talk ’N Text) and Air21 board representative Lito Alvarez, also agreed that the selection process will be determined by a “points system.”

amdgc82
11-15-2007, 03:08 AM
6 names make initial list for PBA top post *
By: Zean Macamay*
November 15, 2007 Thursday
People's Journal*

Some of the names gave already been familiar for the position since former commissioner Noli Eala resigned on immorality issues last August.
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And foremost among the list is Ramos. He is a former vice-chairman of Nextel, a telecommunications company, with a great passion for the sport and one who has brilliant management skills.
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Salud, whose father served as commissioner during the 90s when the league was at its glory years, is now the personal legal counsel of Barrios.
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A surprise nominee was Santos, an owner of a pastry business who manages the career of most players from Ateneo, the same school where Palou came from. Palou was also a name that floated for the position of seventh commissioner.
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Gregorio, elder brother of Purefoods coach Ryan, also popped up, but may find himself excluded from the list in the early stages of the proceedings because of his affiliation.
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“That is a very sensitive matter,” said Barrios of Gregorio’s case. “It’s up to the board to decide on that.”
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Singson is perhaps the most mysterious among the names mentioned, but has the credentials to back it up. According to Barrios, he is based in Hong Kong working for NBA-Asia.*
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The Selection Committee, formed in a meeting in Macau a few months back, will have three months to look for the PBA’s next commissioner. After the recommendations have been submitted, interviews will be done on those interested before the name of the next chief will be announced on Jan. 31 next year.
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The Selection Committee has already formed the criteria in a meeting last Tuesday, with marketing and financial skills as the factors heavily considered.
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Besides that, integrity, an independent mind and a good public relations skill are needed.*

gameface_one
11-16-2007, 10:23 AM
Palou, Santos decline PBA nomination


By NELSON BELTRAN

The Philippine Star

Ateneo athletic director Ricky Palou and businessman-sportsman Arben Santos declined nomination for the Philippine Basketball Association commissioner’s post, leaving only four candidates in the initial list.

Palou and Santos begged off from the selection process being undertaken by the PBA in search of the official who will take over from resigned commissioner Noli Eala.

"Being a PBA commissioner is a full-time job. I still have my business interest to take care of. Secondly, I just had a heart bypass operation," said Santos, 60, in a letter to PBA chair Tony Chua.

Santos has stake in international shipping and acts as manager-consultant to a number of Ateneo players now playing in the PBA.

"Maybe in the future but not now. In the meantime, I’ll continue helping the Ateneo players which doesn’t entail so much time," Santos added.

Palou, meanwhile, cited commitment to the Ateneo sports programs.

"As athletic director, I was asked to set up programs for 15 different sports all the way from elementary with continuity to high school and college. To me, helping my alma mater and the kids is very fulfilling," Palou said.

Meanwhile, Mark Caguioa returns to action as Barangay Ginebra clashes with Air21 at the resumption of the 2007-08 Smart PBA Philippine Cup at the Astrodome Friday.

Caguioa arrived from the United States Thursday morning and has re-joined the Kings in practice.

The Kings and the Express are both looking for a third win in seven outings. Magnolia stakes its hold of solo second place as it battles Welcoat in the other game.

amdgc82
11-19-2007, 05:30 AM
One more aspirant for PBA post*
People's Journal
November 19, 2007 Monday*

A FORMER board governor yesterday was added to the list of nominees for the post of permanent commissioner of the PBA, but the total number of candidates was pruned down to only five after two previous contenders declined the offers.
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Bert Manlapit, one of he names also floated to assume the OIC post after Noli Eala resigned and who once served as San Miguel’s representative to the board, became the seventh man to be named by OIC Sonny Barrios after six were previously announced last Wednesday.
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Again, Barrios refused to bare the name of the board governor who made the recommendation.
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At the same time, Barrios officially said that two candidates �" agent/manager Arben Santos and Ricky Palou �" had already turned down the recommendation and expects a third one to do the same in the coming days.
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“I expect some movements both plus and minus within the week,” he said.
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There are only five days left before the deadline expires on Nov. 23. After that, the Selection Committee will review resumes of the nominees, conduct interviews before further cutting the list down. The PBA is expected to have its new commissioner by Jan. 31 next year.
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This is the second time that Manlapit has been proposed to head Asia ’s first play-for-pay league. He was one of the 29 candidates recommended to assume the OIC post last August but did not make it to the final list of five candidates.
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His staunch ally during that time was Air21, which said that his long-time corporate experience and management skills are enough requirements to lead the league.* * *
ZEAN MACAMAY

amdgc82
11-20-2007, 04:18 AM
PBA commissioner must answer to the public
By Ed Picson
Manila Bulletin
Tuesday, November 20, 2007

As the search for a new commissioner for the Philippine Basketball Association goes into full gear, there have been some developments that have made the process even more interesting.

Initially, six names were floated as possible replacements for the current officer-in-charge, PBA old hand Renauld "Sonny’ Barrios. Atty. Chito Salud, Lambert Ramos, Ricky Palou, Carlo Singson, Arben Santos & Patrick Gregorio were supposed to have comprised the short list drawn up by the Selection Committee headed by Chairman Tony Chua with former PBA chair Ricky Vargas and Air 21’s Lito Avarez as members.

But faster than one could say "last two minutes!," several of those mentioned politely declined the nomination and announced they were withdrawing their names from the line-up of potential commissioners.

First to declare he was unavailable for the position was Arben Santos, a well-respected businessman who is into shipping and other business concerns, but has been highly visible as one of the Ateneo alumni charged with energizing their basketball program.

Santos took the task several steps further by ensuring that Ateneo players not only enjoyed the glamour of being top jocks but also as part of those fortunate enough to take advantage of quality education provided by the Loyola institution.

Thus, not only was Ateneo able to prop up their campaign in the UAAP, Santos and his colleagues in the committee saw to it that their players were able to hurdle the academic demands of the school.

Sadly, Santos is quite busy with his work and last year underwent a heart by-pass operation and feels that he may not be able to attend to the myriad tasks of expected of the position.

Ricky Palou, another Ateneo alumnus and also an experienced PBA insider from the time he was a player to his being part of the Jun Bernardino term, also opted out of the race citing his involvement with his school’s sports development program.

The word is Carlo Singson of NBA Asia was actually surprised at his name being mentioned and had to explain to his principals at the NBA that he was not seeking alternative employment.

Strike three.

Last Sunday though, OIC Barrios spoke to sports writers at the games and revealed another name has cropped up-that of Bert Manlapit, a retired San Miguel Corporation executive who was involved in their basketball team while he was still active with the conglomerate. Actually his name was already mentioned as early as during the aftermath of Noli Eala’s resignation.

He also announced that nominations for the post will still be accepted until November 23.

Salud, Ramos and Gregorio have been silent, something that most people interpret as tacit consent to their nomination.

All four are equally worthy- I personally know Salud and Ramos to be ardent followers not only of the game, but of the PBA in particular. Their administrative skills are above question and their integrity is unsullied.

Gregorio and Manlapit have been involved in different capacities in the sport, which makes them worthy of being considered as well.

Undoubtedly, this is going to be a tough task for the committee. So many qualifications have been talked about, including marketing and financial savvy.

While we may agree that the PBA Commissioner needs to be in the forefront of marketing efforts and should be able to keep abreast with the financial aspects of the league, we venture to say that based on our observation of PBA operations the past two decades, these things may be left to experts they could hire to manage these concerns.

The PBA commissioner we feel, should be steeped in the nuances of running a professional basketball league, that is to say he must be first and foremost attuned to the needs of the basketball-loving public. They must be basketball people at heart.

Just as lawyers Rudy Salud and Noli Eala, businessmen Leo Prieto, Rey Marquez and Mariano Yenko, and basketball personality Jun Bernardino were.

Let the accountants and the marketing experts be answerable to the commissioner and the board. Let the commissioner be answerable to the public.

amdgc82
11-20-2007, 04:19 AM
SBP exec welcomes nomination
By Nelson Beltran
Philippine Star
Tuesday, November 20, 2007

He has barely warmed his seat as BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas executive director yet Patrick Gregorio said he’s open to the possibility of moving over to the pro league as its commissioner.

“I’ll think things over. But first I have to talk to the SBP president, Mr. Manny V. Pangilinan, confer with the SBP board then analyze everything,” said Gregorio who has just returned from a business trip in London.

“PBA is PBA. It’s a big honor to be nominated as the next PBA commissioner. I have to give it serious thought,” Gregorio added on his nomination to the coveted position running the affairs of the PBA.

But Gregorio said he has to analyze things thoroughly because of the present position he holds.

“It’s not just about myself but the federation. But I would love the opportunity to talk with the PBA board of governors because I’m after a good synergy between the PBA and the SBP. I believe SBP wouldn’t be successful without the PBA and that the PBA would gain tremendous boost with an aggressive support of the national federation,” said Gregorio.

Ateneo’s Ricky Palou and businessman-sportsman Arben Santos declined their nomination, leaving in the short list of candidates Gregorio, Atty. Chito Salud, marketing expert Lambert Ramos, NBA Asia’s Carlo Singson and former PBA governor Bert Manlapit.

Gregorio said he doesn’t see any problem with brothers Purefoods head coach Ryan and Air21 assistant coach Allan.

“Ryan is in the PBA not because of me. Allan is where he’s now also not because of me. We’re always independent in our careers,” said Patrick.

amdgc82
11-24-2007, 05:43 AM
4 nominees make PBA final list
Philippine Star
Saturday, November 24, 2007

The next PBA commissioner will come from the final short list of candidates composed of Atty. Chito Salud, marketing man Lambert Ramos, SBP executive director Patrick Gregorio and coach Chot Reyes.

League officer-in-charge Sonny Barrios announced this yesterday, saying Bert Manlapit declined his nomination while Salud, Ramos, Gregorio and Reyes confirmed their acceptance.

Reyes made it to the list shortly before the deadline for submission of nomination yesterday.

Barrios said they would now ask for the resumes of the four candidates to be submitted to the selection committee headed by league board chairman Tony Chua.

“The PBA commissionership requires full-time job. With their acceptance of their nomination, I presume the candidates, if chosen, are ready to relinquish their current engagement,” said Barrios.

Salud is already working with the PBA as Barrios’ legal consultant. Ramos is currently vice-chairman of Nextel, Gregorio runs the daily affairs of the national basketball federation while Reyes is on sabbatical from coaching after failing to achieve their goal in the recent Tokushima Olympic qualifier.

With only four nominated for the job, the selection process could well be shortened from its original timetable.

Based on the original timetable set by the committee, the league’s seventh commissioner will be named not later than Jan. 31 next year.* * – Nelson Beltran

amdgc82
11-24-2007, 05:58 AM
Chot joins race for PBA top job
By WAYLON GALVEZ
Manila Bulletin
Saturday, November 24, 2007

PHILIPPINE BASKETBALL team coach Chot Reyes has accepted his nomination as a candidate for PBA commissioner at the close of the deadline set by the league’s board of governors yesterday.

Reyes’ inclusion brought to four the number of finalists in one of the most coveted jobs in all of Philippine sports.

He joins lawyer Chito Salud, telecom. executive Labert Ramos and concurrent Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas executive director Patrick Gregorio as candidates to succeed lawyer Noli Eala.

"All four had confirmed acceptance of their nomination," said PBA acting commissioner Renauld "Sonny" Barrios. "I have informed the selection committee. Presumably, we’ll be meeting next week."

The five-man selection committee, headed by PBA Board chairman Tony Chua of Red Bull, has set a timetable to complete the selection process and a new commissioner will be named by Jan. 31 next year.

Salud, Ramos and Gregorio were earlier nominated in the first batch of six announced by Barrios.

The three others were Ateneo representative Ricky Palou, Carlo Singson of NBA-Asia and businessman Arben Santos, who all declined the nomination.

Former SMB board representative Bert Manlapit and Ateneo mentor Norman Black were also nominated but they also begged off.

Reyes, who won three coaching titles in the PBA, was not in the short list and his nomination yesterday was a surprise. PBA officials declined to say who nominated Reyes.

Reyes most recent job was as coach of the RP team which placed ninth in the FIBA-Asia Olympic qualifying meet.

Prior to his stint with the RP team, he was coach of San Miguel Beer.

"Frankly I don’t know if he’s still involved with SMB. I can only surmise that he’ll relinquish his SMB post, just like the others, if chosen to the PBA commissionership," said Barrios.

amdgc82
11-24-2007, 06:01 AM
4 make it to final PBA list
Malaya
SATURDAY |NOVEMBER 24, 2007
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THE search for the pro league’s next commissioner may be over sooner than expected.

Former national coach Chot Reyes was included in the list yesterday as the nomination process ended. Earlier nominated for the post were lawyer Chito Salud, son of former PBA commissioner Rudy Salud; businessman Lambert Ramos and BAP-SBP Executive Director Patrick Gregorio.

Even if the selection committee, tasked with coming up with the final choice, conducts the interview as a panel or individually, speculations are rife the search process will finish well before the Jan. 31 deadline.

"The process can be shortened," said Interim Commissioner Sonny Barrios.

Another original nominee, former San Miguel board representative Bert Manlapit, declined reportedly due to his commitments with a pharmaceutical firm where he is a top executive.

All the remaining candidates have accepted their nominations. Barrios explained all is now up to the selection committee.

"By next week, I will hear from them on how they intend to proceed," said Barrios. "As for now, I will ask the candidates to submit their resumes and take it from there."

The selection committee had earlier set a two-week period to go over the candidates’ resumes and conduct interviews. The list is expected to be pruned down to three before the search committee announces the final choice who will replace Noli Eala.

The selection committee is composed of pro league chairman Tony Chua, vice-chairman Joaqui Trillo, Robert Non, Lito Alvaez and Ricky Vargas.

Barrios said whoever would be picked by the committee must concentrate on the job at hand.

"The commissionership is a full-time job, so the person chosen must leave his current job," said Barrios, who is set to step down after the ongoing Philippine Cup. (Noli Cortez)

gameface_one
11-29-2007, 09:59 AM
Young Salud ready to fill Rudy’s old spot at PBA


By Francis Ochoa
Inquirer
Last updated 06:46am (Mla time) 11/29/2007


MANILA, Philippines -- Chito Salud was 26 when his dad, the eminent sportsman Rudy, took the helm of the Philippine Basketball Association and steered it to some of its glorious years.

Back then, the league was secure in its identity -- it was a sports and entertainment package built to provide a then mall-deprived populace with some leisure time.

Today, the PBA has two faces. And standing on the verge of the same helm his father once commanded, Chito Salud is confident that even an institution well-entrenched in Filipino pop culture can still reinvent itself to fit in yet another identity -- that of national interest.

“It’s just a matter of striking a delicate balance; something I really believe can be done,” the 45-year-old lawyer told the Philippine Daily Inquirer, parent company of INQUIRER.net, on Wednesday.

“Really, the world has become smaller and television has turned our vision to a more global one and I think the ordinary Filipino basketball fan has already accepted that we can no longer ignore the call to be part of the international arena,” explained Salud.

The current league legal counsel has accepted his nomination for the post of commissionership with the goal of helping the PBA carve a new niche without totally alienating it from the one it had already established.

Commercial viability

Off the top of his head, Salud said that marketability and commercial viability continue to be the areas where the PBA has to improve on.

“And that brings us back to the games, because the game is the product of this league and unless we have a very good product, all the marketing ploys we can ever think of will mean nothing,” Salud said.

And even while still serving as its legal counsel, Salud says he is already trying to polish that product to improve its salability.

“We have to go back to the basics -- exciting format, a more balanced field and an executable officiating philosophy,” he said.

But being a self-professed product of the old school, Salud believes there’s more to leading the league than just technical know-how. And watching his father from the sidelines gave him valuable insights as to what an ideal leadership should be.

“In everything that he did, my father always made sure that all the member teams were given a fair shake,” he said. “There should be no special favors extended to a particular team. Be fair and be firm.”

Already, he is living a dream he once thought was not possible: working for the league his father helped shape.

“I agreed to serve as the league’s legal counsel to give something back to an institution that has been very good both to its fans and to my family,” Salud said. “It’s the least I can do.”

But his nomination changes all that. Looming before him is the possibility of a bigger task that his father had once performed with aplomb.

And while the nomination honors him no end, Salud said he is not at all daunted at the prospect of actually landing the job.

After all, close to two decades ago, he had an up-close-and-personal look at the correct way the league should be run.

amdgc82
11-29-2007, 08:21 PM
PBA to get new commissioner on Dec 17
GMANews.TV
11/29/2007 | 07:50 PM

The board of governors of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) will install a new commissioner on December 17.

This was bared Thursday by PBA officer-in-charge Sonny Barrios in a press statement issued on Thursday.

The four candidates for the position will be asked to present their plans and programs for the league. The are lawyer Angelico "Chito" Salud, coach Chot Reyes, telecom executive Lambert Ramos, and Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas executive director Patrick Gregorio.

"The candidates will be called to make their presentation one at a time," Barrios said. "After that the nominees will undergo a 25-30 minutes of question and answer procedure."

After the presentation, the board will immediately deliberate on the merits of each candidate and then proceed with the voting.

Whoever among the nominees will get six out of nine votes in the initial voting will be named commissioner.

If none of the candidates get the required two-thirds of votes, only the top two candidates will vie for the position, which will be decided by another round of voting.

Barrios said the board decided to name the new commissioner early to give him enough time to orient himself on the ins and outs of the league.

Barrios, who will end his stint as care taker on Feb. 28, will be in charge of briefing the PBA's seventh commissioner. - GMANews.TV

amdgc82
11-30-2007, 04:53 AM
Salud looms frontrunner for PBA post
Philippine Star
Friday, November 30, 2007

The Philippine Basketball Association will have a new commissioner on or before Dec. 17.

The five-man selection committee, headed by PBA chair Tony Chua of Red Bull, yesterday decided to fast track the selection process and vowed to appoint a successor to Noli Eala not later than a week before Christmas, according to PBA officer-in-charge Sonny Barrios.

Lawyer Chito Salud, son of former PBA commissioner Rudy Salud, is the frontrunner among the short list of candidates, that includes Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas executive director Patrick Gregorio, former RP team coach Chot Reyes, Ateneo athletic director Ricky Palou and Nextel executive Lambert Ramos.

However, Salud said it’s still anyone’s ballgame.

“It’s a wide open race, a race among capable individuals,” Salud said. “Each individual has his own ability and assets which he would bring to the table.”

Salud, tapped by Barrios to serve as his legal counsel, said his advantage over the rest is his experience and foresight he inherited from his father and Leo Prieto, the league’s founding commissioner.

“I agreed to work this season in the PBA to be able to give something back in my own way to an institution that has been good to many people, including my family,’’ said Salud.

“At the same time, I wanted to know the PBA of today, its current goals and challenges,’’ he added.

Barrios said the four candidates would be invited to a meeting to present their plans and programs for the league.

“The candidates will be called to make their presentation one at a time. After that the nominees will undergo a 25-30 minutes of question and answer procedure,” Barrios said.

The board will then immediately deliberate on the merits of each candidate and then proceed with the voting.

According to Barrios, whoever among the nominees get six of nine votes during the initial voting will be named commissioner.

In the event none of the candidates gets the required 2/3 votes, only the top two candidates will contest the position, which will be decided by another round of voting. – Joey Villar*

amdgc82
11-30-2007, 05:03 AM
PBA fast tracks commish search
Malaya
FRIDAY |NOVEMBER 30, 2007

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THE PBA Board of Governors during its regular meeting yesterday unanimously agreed to speed up the selection process for the league’s new commissioner.

According to PBA Officer-in-Charge Sonny Barrios the successor of resigned commissioner Noli Eala will be voted on when the board holds its next meeting on Dec. 17.

Barrios said the candidates, lawyer Angelico "Chito" Salud, coach Chot Reyes, telecom executive Lambert Ramos and Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas executive director Patrick Gregorio, would be invited in the meeting to present their plans and programs for the league.

"The candidates will be called to make their presentation one at a time. After that the nominees will undergo 25-30 minutes of a question and answer procedure," Barrios said.

Once the board is over and done with all the candidates, they will immediately deliberate on the merits of each candidate and then proceed with the voting.

According to Barrios whoever among the nominees get six of nine votes during the initial voting will be named commissioner.

In the event none of the candidates get the required 2/3 votes, only the top two candidates will contest the position, which will be decided by another round of voting.

Barrios said the board decided to name the new commissioner early to give him enough time to orient himself on the ins and outs of the league.

Barrios, who will end his stint as care taker on Feb. 28, will be in charge of briefing the league’s seventh commissioner.

amdgc82
11-30-2007, 05:08 AM
Wide-open race for PBA post
By WAYLON GALVEZ
Manila Bulletin
Friday, November 30, 2007

ONE OF four men will be wrapping Christmas presents three weeks from now as the seventh commissioner of the Philippine Basketball Association.

The PBA Board of Governors yesterday agreed to fast-track the selection of commissioner to four weeks ahead of the original schedule, setting as Dec. 17 the date when the announcement will be made.

According to PBA Officer-in-Charge Sonny Barrios, the successor of former commissioner Noli Eala will be voted on when the board hold its next meeting on the said date.

Barrios said the four candidates lawyer Angelico "Chito" Salud, coach Chot Reyes, telecom executive Lambert Ramos and Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas executive director Patrick Gregorio will be invited in the meeting to present their plans and programs for the league.

"The candidates will be called to make their presentation one at a time. After that, the nominees will undergo a 25-30 minutes of question-and-answer procedure," Barrios said.

That dispensed with, the governors will deliberate on the merits of each candidate and then proceed with the voting.

Whoever gets six of the nine votes during the initial round will be named commissioner, Barrios said.

The Purefoods Giants have no voting rights in the PBA board.

In the event none of the candidates get the required 2/3 votes, only the top two candidates will contest the position, which will be decided by another round of voting.

It is uncertain what step the board will take once the impasse remains unbroken.The development, according to Salud, eldest son of former Commissioner Rudy Salud and currently a legal consultant to Barrios in his capacity as OIC, makes for wide-open race for the post.

"It’s a four-way race between four capable individuals," said Salud in a talk with sportswriters Wednesday night. "Each individual has his own ability, his own assets that he will bring to the table."

Salud said he felt honored by the nomination.

"It tells me that in the eyes of the board, I may have something to offer."

Reyes, who won three titles in the PBA and mentored the SMC-Pilipinas during the FIBA-Asia in Japan, is currently the team consultant of Magnolia Beverage (formerly San Miguel Beer).

He served as SMB coach in the previous Philippine Cup.

"I am honored to just be nominated," said Reyes, who refused to comment what advantage he has compared to the three other nominees as he considers them "good friends of mine."

As for Gregorio, older brother of Purefoods coach Ryan Gregorio, said that serving the PBA will only lead to a better relationship between the league and the SBP, the country’s basketball federation.

"My intention is clear, the synergy between the SBP and the PBA," he said.

gameface_one
12-04-2007, 08:18 AM
PBA aspirants want RP five in 2012 Olympics



By WAYLON GALVEZ
mb.com.ph

WITH THE pro league’s obligation to amateur basketball, the candidates for the Philippine Basketball Association commissionership expressed strong support in forming a better national team that will seek a berth for the 2012 London Olympics.


The PBA, one of the stakeholders of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), is the one tasked to form a team for elite international meets like the Olympics.

"If I’ll have my way, I’ll form the team right now. Not next year or two years from now, but right now to give us more time to prepare," said Chito Salud, son of former league commissioner Rudy.

Aside from Salud, the other candidates for the PBA post are RP coach Chot Reyes, SBP executive director Patrick Gregorio and former NEXTEL executive Lambert Ramos.

The PBA-backed SMC Team Pilipinas failed to earn a seat for next year’s Beijing Olympics during the qualifying tournament FIBA-Asia Championships in Tokushima, Japan early this year.

The RP squad mentored Reyes finished a ninth in the tournament despite the league’s all-out support.

According to Reyes, currently the team consultant of Magnolia Beverage, if named commissioner, the PBA will have "continued support" in forming the Philippine team.

Salud said that having a team in the Olympics is "everyone’s dream" since the last time a Philippine team played in the Games was during the 1972 Munich Olympics.

"We need years, not less than a year, to prepare and train for an Olympic berth that’s why we need to form a team as soon as possible," he added.

As for Gregorio, he said that is his goal when he becomes the commissioner is to improve the relationship of the PBA and the SBP.

The PBA Board of Governors, in a unanimous decision last week, has agreed to fast track the selection of the league’s seventh commissioner.

PBA Officer-in-Charge Sonny Barrios said the four candidates would be invited in the Dec. 17 board meeting to individually present their plans and programs for the league.

The aspirants will have a 20 to 25-minute interview before the board deliberates on the merits of each candidate.

A candidate must get six of the nine votes to be named commissioner. In the event none of the nominees got the required 2/3 nod, the top two candidates will contest the position through another round of voting.

Barrios said the board decided to name the new commissioner and replacement to the resigned Noli Eala early to give him enough time to orient himself on the ins and outs of the league.

He added that his stint as OIC will end on Feb. 28, 2008 and will be in charge of briefing the new commissioner

gameface_one
12-12-2007, 11:09 AM
And the next PBA commissioner is…



By Ed Picson
mb.com.ph


IN MY radio show over Sports Radio last Monday morning, I was surprised to learn that there is a lot of interest among our listeners on who would be the new commissioner of the Philippine Basketball Association.


Out of curiosity, we called for listeners to text in their choice for the job, and we were deluged with so many messages proffering not just their preference, but also why they felt that person ought to be the new commissioner of the league.

The response was so enthusiastic that we didn’t have the opportunity to canvass the results, as it were, but if that snap poll were to be the basis for the appointment, it sure would have been an interesting four-cornered affair.

As it was, we had planned to interview the nominees for the position. Just before we went on the air, we had confirmed with Mr. Lambert Ramos and Atty. Chito Salud. SBP President Patrick Gregorio was in Thailand for the SEA Games, and we couldn’t get a line to Coach Chot Reyes.

It turned out however, that the one hour that we had allotted for the interview would be too short, as the talk with Ramos and Salud took up the better part of my 90-minute show.

Both gentlemen are very articulate and have concrete plans on what the PBA needs to get back on track

Salud stressed that there is a need to go back to the basics. He feels the game should be attuned to pleasing the public.

"Audience satisfaction should be the primordial objective, and this could be achieved by promoting the passionate and hard type of play that spectators appreciate", said the chip-off-the-old block — being the son of former Commissioner Rudy Salud.

But Atty. Chito is definitely more than just the son of a former commissioner. He has shown an innate understanding of the nuances of the game and how it affects the public. He feels that the recent change in the rules has done more to make the games more exciting as evidenced by the reaction of the crowd.

"We are only in the classification phase but already the shouting and the cheering in the venues are like those of a championship game. There may have been initial resistance and adjustment at the start, but I feel the recent changes will be justified and appreciated by the teams, especially those who will strive to devise their own system to take advantage of these changes."

While Lambert Ramos has never been directly involved in the league, he has always been an avid supporter, even promoting games abroad for the PBA, specifically when he was Country Manager of Budweiser in Guam and Micronesia. While he was an executive of Alaska, he was also a regular presence at the games.

But even after he had moved on to Jardine Davies, where he was the prime mover of the construction of a 0-M plant for their pioneering product Hardiflex, Ramos would still watch and patronize the PBA.

Currently, he is the president of Nextmobile (formerly Nextel) and early this year, had informed the company’s board that he was planning on retiring to attend to his then ailing wife. Although his wife Vilma is now on the road to recovery, Lambert has taken on a more minor role in the company as vice chairman of the board, and he says that he has gotten their nod to go back to a sport he truly loves — basketball.

Ramos’ plans involve harnessing his considerable talents in marketing to bring the PBA back to its old glory. "While it is true that we have a good product in the PBA, we cannot rely on policies that are product-driven. In other words, we have to make sure that we know what it is that the public expects from the league. And this is where I can draw on my training and experience-to put up the structures and processes that will guarantee that the league’s direction is geared towards giving the public the kind of top-notch entertainment they have come to expect from it."

As we stated earlier, both conversations were equally long and interesting. The fact that both gentlemen were of the same mind on what the PBA needs to address — which is audience satisfaction — gives us a reassuring thought that those who are being considered are on the right track.

Due to extraneous circumstances, we were unable to speak to Gregorio and Reyes but knowing both gentlemen as well, I am fairly certain they are just as gung-ho about getting the PBA back to its old form.

On December 17, the selection committee will have its work cut out for them. Perhaps they can even consider appointing more than one of the nominees to certain positions in the league apart from the commissionership?

Just a thought.

gameface_one
12-13-2007, 05:27 PM
Gamefacers, if given a chance, who do you want to be your next PBA Commissioner?

dioning
12-13-2007, 06:52 PM
Gamefacers, if given a chance, who do you want to be your next PBA Commissioner?


Chito Salud

amdgc82
12-15-2007, 06:37 AM
http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/?page=sports3_dec15_2007

The search for a PBA commissioner
By Ronnie Nathanielsz

ON Monday, the 10 members of the Philippine Basketball Association board of governors will meet to listen to the presentations of three of the four nominees seeking to replace Noli Eala as commissioner and after an exchange of views with each of them separately, the board will conceivably choose the best man for the job. That is, as it should be.

Ever since the board, confronted with a public image problem caused by what amounted to a personal indiscretion on the part of Eala, decided he had to go, there has been a perceptible sense of lack of direction and decisiveness. The decision to appoint an old hand of 18 years in the pro league was the best the board members could come up with after an initial attempt to moderate, if not overcome the negative effects of Eala’s ouster by choosing a personality that would have hopefully been acceptable to the public, image-wise.

Former Olympian and onetime Senator Freddie Webb’s name was prominently mentioned and we understand that in fact, he had been informed that his chances of landing the job even in an acting capacity were good. But all of a sudden, Webb’s name was quietly glossed over and following a series of swift consultations, the PBA decided to ask former executive director Sonny Barrios to accept the job of officer in charge.

Barrios, who was involved in setting up a lucrative family enterprise in Sacramento, California, balked at first, but eventually accepted the task of steering the league of which he had been an integral part for almost two decades, in what was a potentially troubled time.

With a new chairman stepping in with Red Bull’s Tony Chua replacing Talk N Text’s Ricky Vargas, it turned out to be a whole new ballgame with Chua, initially at least, effectively acting as commissioner. In fairness to him, Chua probably thought he was acting in the best interests of the league with his so-called hands-on style, forgetting the fundamental principle that the task of running the league belongs to the commissioner and not the board chairman or anyone of its members. However, it did seem to us that Chua, realizing his initial misjudgment, soon backed off which was a credit to him.

The PBA board’s procrastination over the appointment of a commissioner to replace Eala isn’t something new. It’s similar to how it trumpeted the grandiose plans to build its own stadium, which was revived when Vargas assumed the chairmanship, but is today mired in the selection of a site which, based on the initial information released by the PBA, appeared to be a no-brainer.

It’s similar to the announcement that the board had created a committee to review the PBA constitution and by-laws in the context of the present time and circumstance but which never took off despite the members being named.

Our own suspicion is that both the commissioner at that time and at least some members of the board for reasons known only to them, decided that the status quo best served their interests, which was to be able to compromise if not wheel and deal in the absence of definitive rules and regulations.

The issue of the so-called Fil-foreigners was another classic example of indecisiveness and compromise and a convenient disregard for issues of law and due process.

The same could be said of the question of the Restricted Trading List which had, it seems, undefined areas that enabled the spirit of the rule to be violated because the letter of the rule left an opportunity for specific interests of member teams to be satisfied.

One must view all this against the background of the board’s decision to assign values or points to the criteria established in the selection process for a new commissioner. The clue lies in an assignment of a mere 10 percent for integrity, with 40 percent for marketing skills and so on. We took issue with it then and we take issue with it now, perhaps even more forcefully, bothered by the events of recent weeks.

To begin with, integrity should have been non-negotiable. In short, either you had integrity or you were out as a candidate. No assignment of percentages because everything else must be anchored on unsullied integrity. Given the arithmetic of percentages, a candidate who has zero integrity in the evaluation of the board but has 40 percent in marketing and high percentages in the other couple of categories could become commissioner! What a travesty.

That is why anonymous text messages sent to the members of the board and officials of the PBA as well as some members of media have sought to impugn the integrity of the four candidates in contention, until the announced withdrawal of national coach Chot Reyes last Wednesday morning cut it down to three. Lest we be misunderstood, Reyes resigned because his passion for coaching the national team overrides all else and he couldn’t do that if he was named commissioner. Fair enough.

In some respects, for all the libelous accusations of the sender of anonymous text messages which incidentally is a bane from which customers have no protection from the telecommunication firms, he or she drew attention by implication to the importance of integrity which, to our minds, at least served the purpose of telling the board where it had failed.

Integrity, we have always maintained, is the quality of wholeness. When we discovered that some individuals had nominated more than one candidate while others told us they had nominated one person only for us to discover that they were actually supporting someone else, it once again raised serious questions of integrity.

How in heaven’s name can a board member nominate more than one person for the job of commissioner? And why would any member claim he nominated one individual when he didn’t? Were they patronizing us and taking people in media for fools, incapable of ferreting out the truth? There was absolutely no need to do that.

It many respects the current campaign—if you must—to choose a commissioner reminds us of a political campaign with board members striving to convince one another about whom to vote for as though the gentleman who is finally chosen would, in the typical fashion of a politician, re-pay what the board members may conceive as political debts. That, in itself, would sound the death knell of the PBA.

The proper thing to do would be for the members of the board to individually, with fairness and honesty, listen to the presentations of the three candidates—Patrick Gregorio, Lambert Ramos and lawyer Chito Salud—in alphabetical order which certainly should never be misconstrued as preference—theirs or ours—pose the most telling questions and then vote, each according to his own valued judgment and his conscience.

Differences are an essential part of the democratic system. But when taken in reference to the PBA, such differences should never be anchored on the perceived closeness or relationship between the three individuals vying for the commissionership with any of the teams or their owners. We have often heard it said, albeit in hushed tones, by some board members no less, that the PBA is a San Miguel league. This is both unfair to the commissioner and his staff and an insult to the distinguished owners of San Miguel Corp.

This line of thinking reveals a pathetic lack of decency and indeed cowardice because the accusation has never been made public neither have the San Miguel Corp. board representatives been confronted with this claim. It is a dubious assessment to say the least and one that we know is being resorted to in an effort to tilt the balance in favor of one of the candidates, whose links to more than one team are real, but we believe should never be taken against him. That’s unless some PBA board members believe there is no more decency left among Filipinos, or that integrity is not that important and is valued at a paltry 10 percent.

The next commissioner must be judged and chosen on his merits. Nothing more, nothing less. Because to even think that any of the three candidates have relationships with teams or their owners one way or another and would therefore favor those teams if chosen, is to insult all three and more importantly to insult its own team owners.

It seems to us that at a time like this, what the PBA needs in order to give the new commissioner a sound mandate and the public a sense of re-assurance is for the team owners themselves to be present and to vote. After all, they are the leaders in business and industry, who have poured considerable resources and a fair amount of their passion for basketball into the PBA. At a crucial juncture of its existence, they should make the choice and not leave it to subalterns, some of whom don’t carry the authority or the stature to decide in decidedly crucial times.

amdgc82
12-17-2007, 06:49 AM
Who'll it be?*
People's Journal
December 17, 2007 Monday

Salud or Gregorio or Ramos will be named PBA commissioner today

THE PBA Board of Governors today selects from among three candidates the league’s seventh commissioner when it convenes for the last time this year at the PBA head office in Libis, Quezon City.
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Atty. Chito Salud, marketing and corporate bigwig Lambert Ramos and SBP-BAP executive director Patrick Gregorio will dispute the post vacated by Noli Eala last August.
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“It’s a wide open race,” said officer-in-charge Sonny Barrios. “Each one of them has his own strengths and assets. It’s up to the Board to decide the best man for the job.”
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The lengthy day for the three remaining candidates begins at 10:00 a.m. when each will be given a maximum time of 30 minutes to present their long-term plans and programs for the league. A question-and-answer portion will be followed for every presentation.
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Shortly after lunch break, the session resumes, and the Board will review the presentations before deliberating and finally voting.
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For a candidate to win, he must acquire two-thirds of the voting members of the Board, meaning six of the nine representatives. If no candidate gets the required number of votes, a second round will be held, with only the top two candidates moving on to fight it out for the position.
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There has been no outstanding favorite so far for the commissionership, and a person who requested anonymity said that it will boil down to two aspirants – Salud and Ramos.
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Salud, who was in his 20s when his father, the highly admired Rudy Salud, was steering the league to its glory years in the 90s, said that the advantage he has over the other challengers is the ‘wisdom my father gave me, and the wisdom my father got from the commissioners before him, especially the great Leo Prieto.’
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Salud is now 45, a former president of two government corporations, and is serving as Barrios’s personal legal counsel.
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He platform is expected to surround on improving officiating and improving the game itself which, he said, is the product of the league.
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“The game is the product of the league, and unless we can improve on our product, any marketing ploy or brilliance will mean to nothing,” said Salud.
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Ramos, on the other hand, is the most mysterious among the three. He, however, is the man perfect for the job if ever the Board deems it necessary for that marketing genius should be the one to head the league.
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“If the Board sees that a corporate kind of guy is needed, then this (Ramos) is the man they should select,” said Barrios.
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Ramos is a telecommunications firm (Nextel) president. But he has been known to be a passionate lover of basketball, just like Manny V. Pangilinan of Talk ‘N Text.
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Gregorio, meantime, is the brother of Purefoods coach Ryan and Air21 assistant mentor Allan. “Therefore,” said Barrios, “he knows enough about basketball.”
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His connection, though, with Ryan and Allan, and his position with the country’s governing body for amateur basketball, may prove to be a disadvantage.
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The Selection Committee headed by Chairman Tony Chua of Red Bull had already come up with rules that a candidate should be in no way connected to a team currently playing in the league.
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Salud, Ramos and Gregorio are the only ones who have accepted the challenge to become commissioner.

amdgc82
12-17-2007, 07:02 AM
New PBA commish known today
BY CHRISTINE MONCADA
MONDAY |DECEMBER 17, 2007 |
www.malaya.com.ph

NOBODY among the three candidates, according to Interim Commissioner Sonny Barrios, has the inside track in the pro league’s search for its next commissioner.

The three–lawyer Chito Salud, telecommunications executive Lambert Ramos and basketball executive Patrick Gregorio–will be given substantial time today to present their programs before the PBA board at the pro league office in Libis.

"It’s anybody’s ballgame, as they say," Barrios said in an interview with Malaya yesterday. "Maybe it will take sometime before the board comes up with a decision, maybe not. We cannot say what will happen."

It will be the first meeting between the PBA board and the three aspirants since the search for a new commissioner to replace the resigned Noli Eala was launched by the league recently. A fourth aspirant, former national team coach Chot Reyes, has withdrawn.

"The Board could not go wrong with these aspirants, they are all very qualified," Barrios said, adding a two-third vote, or 6-out-9, is needed before an aspirant clinches the coveted post.

Barrios, named the league’s interim commissioner after Eala, the sixth commissioner, stepped down last Aug. 7, said he is, like others, in the dark as to who has the inside track although the basketball community is abuzz with rumors that Salud, currently Barrios’ assistant, has the backing of the San Miguel group. Salud is the son of former PBA commissioner Rudy who served as the league’s third commissioner in 1988-1992.

Gregorio is the current executive director of the Basketball Association of the Philippines-Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas while Ramos is the vice president of Nextel, a telecommunications company.

Barrios said there is a likelihood Tony Chua of Red Bull, currently the league’s chairman, would come up with board decision hours after its meeting with the three aspirants.

"Who will be the next commissioner? I wouldn’t know. There are nine voting members. I don’t know which way their votes would swing," Barrios added.

Out of the 10 teams, only the representative of Purefoods cannot cast a vote, a result of a league decision years back limiting the SMC group composed of Ginebra, San Miguel, Purefoods and Coca-Cola (when the Tigers were still with the SMC group) to three. Coca-Cola will cast its own vote this time.

Salud took a one-week leave of absence from his league duties last week to prepare his presentation today.

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12-17-2007, 07:07 AM
PBA ‘kume’ known today
By Joaquin Henson
Monday, December 17, 2007
www.philstar.com

The PBA Board of Governors is expected to name the new commissioner to replace Noli Eala and officer-in-charge Sonny Barrios after grilling the three remaining candidates in the league’s head office in Pasig today.

The candidates – lawyer Chito Salud, business executive Lambert Ramos and SBP executive director Patrick Gregorio – will make 15-minute presentations of their plans before being subjected to a 15-minute question-and-answer “interrogation” by the Board. The meeting will start at 10 a.m.

A two-thirds vote of the voting membership is required to install the commissioner. Because Purefoods has no voting rights, the magic number is six. If no candidate is able to garner at least six votes in the first polling, the top two will face off in a second ballot.

Based on criteria announced by the PBA selection committee headed by chairman Tony Chua, marketing expertise has the highest priority with 40 percent. Next is financial ability at 20 percent. Independence, integrity, good public relations and love of the game count for 10 percent each.

Also nominated for the position but eventually withdrawing were Ricky Palou, Arben Santos, Chot Reyes, Norman Black and Carlo Singson. Early favorites Freddie Webb and Robert Jaworski were not nominated.

Salud, 45, is the former president of the National Home Mortgage Finance Corp. and now serves as PBA legal consultant, on a pro bono basis, under Barrios’ administration.

A lawyer from Ateneo and UP, Salud said his work in the PBA today revolves around improving officiating standards. The opportunity of being exposed to the league’s operations up close is a major advantage in preparing Salud for a possible job as permanent commissioner.

“My main focus is the product – the game itself,” said Salud whose father Rudy was a former PBA commissioner. “I want the game to be as exciting as possible for the fans to enjoy. I want officiating to be fair to all, to apply the rules equally. I want the Board to be actively involved in taking the PBA to the next level.”

Salud said the PBA’s continuing involvement with the national team is an issue that should be decided at the Board level. “My understanding is there is a commitment to be involved and I support the PBA’s decision to play for the country,” he continued. “I also support a close working relationship with the SBP.”

Ramos, 56, attended the San Carlos Seminary in Guadalupe for eight years and earned a master’s degree in philosophy at Ateneo, a master’s degree in business economics at the University of Asia and the Pacific and a master’s degree in marketing management at the Technological University of Delph, Holland. He is president of Nextel and will take an indefinite leave of absence from the company if appointed commissioner.

“My focus is value creation for our shareholders,” said Ramos. “My program will be market-driven. We need to do market segmentation and implement enabling strategies. We need to improve the product and provide quality control. We must look into increasing officiating efficiency.”

Gregorio, 40, said he will sell the idea of synergy to the PBA Board today.

“First of all, I’m not abandoning the SBP,” he stressed. “I’m batting for synergy between the PBA and SBP. My vision is to get the support of the PBA as the premier league and superbrand in the grand plan for Philippine basketball organized by the SBP.”

Gregorio is a UP cum laude graduate with diplomas in advanced studies from Singapore and Cornell University. In 2003, he was named one of the country’s Ten Outstanding Young Men in the field of tourism.

“The process I envision involves conceptualizing programs, supporting international participation and developing advocacy work,” he said. “I will try to convince the Board to accept my concept of synergy where the PBA will take the lead in the national basketball program. I’m seriously pursuing the commissionership because I know that the synergy is what will propel Philippine basketball into the future.”

amdgc82
12-18-2007, 06:02 AM
http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/12182007/sports01.html

WITH ONE NAME STRICKEN OFF IN COMMISH RACE…
Choices boil down to Salud, Ramos
By Joel Orellana
Reporter
TUE DECEMBER 18, 2007

IT was a decision that the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) board thought was hard to make. So after hours of deliberation yesterday, it set for* later the date of the announcement of the new commissioner.

With only PBA officer in charge Sonny Barrios facing the media to answer questions after the meeting at the league office in Libis, Quezon City, only questions and speculation hovered in the board standoff that kept the suspense alive.

“Sorry for the disappointment. We all thought it will be resolved today,” said Barrios.

“Baka kailangan pa ng kaunting meditation at palipasin muna ang Kapaskuhan para masaya ang lahat,” Barrios added.

The board members meet on January 10, when the name of the league’s full-time boss is hoped to be announced.

By that time, the choices will be pruned down to only two—lawyer Chito Salud and marketing man Lambert Ramos. Basketball federation executive Patrick Gregorio was eliminated after the first round of voting.

PBA board chairman Tony Chua was present during the meeting but opted not to join Barrios in the press conference.

As a result, with other members of the board refusing to be identified, different angles surfaced on how the voting went on, with one theory saying that Salud got five votes, Ramos three and Gregorio only one during the preliminary selection.

One theory was Salud had five, Ramos four with Gregorio none.

To clinch the commissionership, the magic number of votes is six and after the second and third round of voting, the figure remained 5-4 favoring Ramos and Salud.

“Lahat ng paraan, ginawa na namin. We voted through raising our hands pero 5-4 pa rin. Nag-secret balloting kami, 5-4 pa rin ang lumabas. So, we decided na ipagpaliban muna because this is a very serious matter for the league,” said one board member who, like the rest of his colleagues, requested not to be identified.

The board member said that they all agreed not to divulge the name of the nominee who got the five votes.

“Nobody wanted to change camp. Walang gustong umatras sa dalawang nominees so we decided not to make a decision today,” said one member of the board who had close ties with one of the nominees.

One board member told the BusinessMirror that one option raised yesterday was to accept both Ramos and Salud but in different capacities as the league gears toward a corporation entity next season.

“Pinag-iisipan ngayon kung puwedeng pagsamahin na lang ang dalawa. Either ’yung isa president, ’yung isa naman parang COO [chief operating officer] na parang commissioner,” said the board member.

“Kaya naman siguro ng PBA na suwelduhan ang dalawa kasi sayang. ’Yung isa magaling sa marketing, ’yung isa magaling sa pagpapatakbo ng liga. That’s something we’re exploring for the good of the league,” he added.

The league tapped the services of top accounting firm SGV to make a feasibility study about the PBA plans to convert into a corporation. SGV will submit the results on January 10, the time when the board convenes again to name the new boss of Asia’s first play-for-pay loop.

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12-18-2007, 06:20 AM
Salud, Ramos to dispute PBA top post *
By: Zean Macamay*
People's Journal
December 18, 2007 Tuesday

WHEN the time to decide came, the PBA Board of Governors couldn’t make up its mind.
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The Board of Governors yesterday failed to name the seventh commissioner of the league, reaching an impasse only three rounds into the selection process.
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The 10-man, nine-voting Board will resolve the stalemate on Jan. 10 next year, with the battle already trimmed down between Atty. Chito Salud and corporate man Lambert Ramos.
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Patrick Gregorio, the SBP-BAP executive director, was voted out in the first round.
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“After two-and-a-half hours of deliberation, the Board has decided to adjourn the process,” announced OIC Sonny Barrios at the PBA head office in Libis, Quezon City. “No one between the two candidates got the minimum six votes to win.”
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The announcement came as a big surprise and was totally unforeseen, since the process didn’t go as deep as projected.
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The voting process requires a candidate to get at least two-thirds of the voting members, or six of the nine representatives.
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Barrios refused to bare the details of how the voting went, and neither PBA Chairman Tony Chua of Red Bull declined to face the media in a press conference to answer questions after the meeting.
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But the source, who requested not to be named, disclosed that Gregorio only got a vote after the first round, with Salud getting five and Ramos getting three.
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The representative who voted for Gregorio in the first round then opted to vote for Ramos in the second round, giving him four votes. When the third round commenced, the same voting trend continued, leaving the Board with an early resolution to re-convene next year.
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Those present during the Board meeting were Chua, Robert Non, Ginebra; Ely Capacio, Magnolia; Joaqui Trillo, Alaska; Air21’s Lito Alvarez; Buddy Encarnado of Sta. Lucia Realty; Mamerto Mondragon of Welcoat; Ricky Vargas of Talk ‘N Text; Coca-Cola’s Walter Panganiban; and non-voting member Rene Pardo of Purefoods.
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The only thing that went according to the day’s schedule was how the three candidates submitted themselves for interrogation after their 30-minute presentation program where they unveiled their plans on how to bring the league back into its glory years.
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Upon learning that he was the man voted out, Gregorio was humble enough to accept defeat, saying that he was left out maybe “because my vision is too radical. I respect that.”
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Efforts by People’s Journal to reach Salud and Ramos proved futile.
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In taking the selection process into a deeper stage, the Board has opened itself to ‘political maneuvering,’ according to the source.
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“Today should be the best time that the Board named a commissioner,” said the source. “Because if not, there will be some kind of maneuvering that will happen. This will become a political campaign.”
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Salud, 46, is trying to follow in the footsteps of his eminent sportsman father Rudy, who steered the PBA into some of its glory years during the 90s.
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Ramos, on the other hand, is the mysterious guy known for his marketing and corporate skills, the talent some of the Board members are batting for.
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This is the first time that the Board has decided to defer choosing a commissioner. When Noli Eala was chosen years back, the voting likewise reached the third round.
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Eala, however, was able to acquire the needed six votes during the third round.* *

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12-18-2007, 06:44 AM
PBA defers choice on commissioner
By Joaquin Henson
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
www.philstar.com

None of the three candidates for commissioner got the required minimum of six ballots after a 2 1/2 hour deliberation and three rounds of voting, prompting the PBA Board of Governors yesterday to call for a final election on Jan. 10.

But the choice is now down to either lawyer Chito Salud or business executive Lambert Ramos. SBP executive director Patrick Gregorio was dropped from contention in the first count.

The candidates made separate presentations of their plans and were grilled by the Board in the PBA office in Pasig yesterday morning. Gregorio, Ramos and Salud faced the Board in that order.

Attending for the Board were chairman Tony Chua of Red Bull, Ricky Vargas of Talk n Text, Ely Capacio of Magnolia, Robert Non of Ginebra, Merck Mondragon of Welcoat, Rene Pardo of Purefoods, Buddy Encarnado of Sta. Lucia Realty, Lito Alvarez of Air21, Joaqui Trillo of Alaska and Wally Panganiban representing J. B. Baylon of Coca-Cola. Officer-in-charge Sonny Barrios and legal counsel Melvyn Martin sat in during the presentations but were excused from the deliberations.

Under the league’s By-Laws, a two-thirds vote is necessary to install the commissioner. Only nine of the 10 franchises represented in the Board are entitled to vote.

“Although no decision was made on the new commissioner, we’ve moved ahead by leaving only two candidates,” said Barrios. “All three candidates are highly-qualified so it was no surprise the Board had difficulty in the voting. The candidates had excellent presentations. Mr. Gregorio proposed to bring the PBA to new heights. Mr. Ramos concentrated on marketing concepts and programs. Mr. Salud spoke about improving the product – the game itself.”

Salud, 45, described the selection process “interesting and eventful,” adding that it was like the system used by big private professional conglomerates all over the world in hiring executives.

“I’m just a nominee so I can’t comment on how the voting went,” he said. “I think the process is good and making a short list will give the Board more focus in zeroing in on the last two candidates.”

In his 20-minute presentation, Salud expounded on his plans to make the game more exciting for the fans and his impartial approach in guaranteeing fairness across the board, particularly in terms of officiating.

Salud assured the Board he would be a hands-on executive if chosen as the next commissioner.

Ramos, 56, said the postponement was an indication that the Board seems to be torn between a candidate with a general management background and a nose for business and a candidate with a deep understanding of the game.

“As I told the Board in my presentation, if they’re looking for a basketball technician, I’m not their man,” said Ramos who as Guam country manager for Budweiser, hosted Alaska, Shell and Purefoods in goodwill games in 1990-94. “I understand there was a heated, healthy, professional discussion before the voting. They’ve waited this long for a commissioner so I think a few more weeks won’t hurt rather than make a hasty decision that they may regret later.”

Ramos, a former director of sales at Alaska, made a 30-minute presentation which he called a radical approach towards a market-driven direction.

“I set the tone of my presentation by quoting from Peter Drucker, the management expert who identified marketing and innovation as the keys to success in business,” said Ramos. “It’s about understanding what the market wants without sacrificing the quality of the game. I think the PBA has a marketing problem and requires a marketing solution.”

Gregorio, 40, opened his 25-minute presentation with an MTV depicting basketball as “buhay ng Pinoy” with lyrics he composed with Noel Zarate. He explained his vision of synergy between the PBA and SBP.

During the questioning, Gregorio assured the Board of his impartiality despite his brother Ryan coaching Purefoods.

“Ryan became a champion coach not because of me and I think I was nominated not because of Ryan,” he said. “My parents taught me always to be fair and independent.”

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12-18-2007, 06:46 AM
Salud, 5; Ramos, 4
Both fail to muster three-fourths vote; issue decided Jan. 10
BY CHRISTINE MONCADA
TUESDAY |DECEMBER 18, 2007
www.malaya.com.ph

FOUR months after the pro league launched its search for a new commissioner, the guessing game continues.

After meeting the candidates yesterday at the pro league office in Libis and deliberating for nearly three hours, the PBA Board failed to pick a replacement for Noli Eala although it managed to narrow the choice to two–lawyer Chito Salud and telecommunications executive Lambert Ramos.

"After two-and-a-half hours of deliberation the Board decided to adjourn the meeting, meaning nobody got the minimum six votes. That’s the long and short of the story," Interim Commissioner Sonny Barrios said during a press conference held after the Board adjourned.

Malaya learned the Board held three rounds of voting, with the third candidate, BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas secretary-general Patrick Gregorio, being eliminated in the first round after garnering just one vote.

Chito, son of former PBA commissioner Rudy Salud, got five votes in all three rounds, while Ramos got three in the first round and four in the next two.

With nobody getting two thirds of the vote, or six of nine, as required by the PBA charter, the Board, according to Barrios, will convene anew Jan. 10 next year to settle the impasse.

Malaya also learned that Magnolia, Ginebra, Coca-Cola, Red Bull and Welcoat all voted for Salud, while Air21, Sta. Lucia and Alaska voted for Ramos in the first round. Talk N Text voted for Gregorio in the first round and shifted its vote to Ramos in the second and third rounds of voting.

Board members present yesterday were Tony Chua of Red Bull, also the league chairman; Buddy Encarnado of Sta. Lucia, Atty. Mamerto Mondragon of Welcoat, Lito Alvarez of Air21, Robert Non of Ginebra, Ely Capacio of Magnolia, Rene Pardo of Purefoods, Ricky Vargas of Talk N Text, and Joaqui Trillo of Alaska. JB Baylon of Coca-Cola was in Atlanta, Georgia, on a business trip and was represented by his assistant, Walter Panganiban.

A fourth candidate, national coach Chot Reyes, withdrew last week, saying he wanted to continue the men’s national cage team program. Reyes coached the national team to a ninth place finish in the FIBA-Asia championship last August in Japan.

The three candidates took turns presenting their proposed programs before the Board, with Gregorio going first, followed by Ramos and Salud. They were given substantial time to present their respective programs, according to Barrios.

Chua refused to say what transpired during the deliberation while Barrios said he was present during the presentation but excused himself when the deliberation started.

"I have no idea as to who got what number. I’m very sorry to disappoint every one, we all thought it will be resolved today," Barrios said, adding he called all of the candidates after the Board adjourned.

"I received a call (from Com. Barrios). He said the Board did not name the commissioner and that I will no longer be considered. I respect that, I guess my vision was too radical (for the Board)," Gregorio said in a text message.

Malaya tried to contact Salud and Ramos for comment but calls were not returned.

Barrios will continue to serve on an interim capacity even if the new commissioner is named next month. His contract expires on Feb. 29, 2008.

Eala, who was named by the board to replace Jun Bernardino in 2003, stepped down as the league’s sixth commissioner last August.

amdgc82
12-18-2007, 06:52 AM
Candidates for PBA commissioner trimmed
And then there’s two
By WAYLON GALVEZ
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
www.mb.com.ph

A second round of deliberation after the Christmas season has been set by the PBA board of governors to choose its seventh commissioner.

There was no welcome party yesterday, no big announcement, no early Yuletide present for one of three – now down to two – men who will find themselves preoccupied during the holidays with something else other than gifts and goodwill and kissing under the mistletoe.

Instead, the PBA Board of Governors left everybody guessing – again.

The board, composed of representatives of the 10 PBA teams, deferred its decision to name a new commissioner, scheduling another round of discussion on January 10 next year.

One thing the board has accomplished was cut down the candidates from three to two, between lawyer Chito Salud and former telecommunications executive Lambert Ramos.

Eliminated from the race was Patrick Gregorio, currently the executive director of Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas-BAP.

"They have trimmed down the choices to two remaining nominees," said PBA Officer-in-Charge Renauld "Sonny" Barrios during a press conference at the league’s office in Libis, Quezon City.

"Unfortunately, they have decided to adjourn and that simply means nobody got the minimum six votes," he added.

To earn the top PBA post as replacement to the resigned Noli Eala, a candidate must get the required two-thirds vote, or six of the nine voting members.

Board chairman Tony Chua, the Red Bull governor, declined to face the media during the press conference.

Barrios said he was not present during the voting procedure and he has no knowledge to what transpired, saying: "I have no idea as to who got what except to that information (trimmed to two)."

However, a reliable source who asked not to be named said that the voting went through three rounds, and that Salud got five votes, three for Ramos and only one for Gregorio in the first balloting.

In the second round of voting, the same source added that Salud, son of former PBA commissioner Rudy Salud, still got five while Ramos, a one-time executive of NEXTEL, had four.

Third round voting had the same result, Salud five and Ramos four.

"It was really that close," said a team alternate governor, who asked anonymity as he is not in the authority to discuss the issue.

The Bulletin tried to contact Ramos and Salud but both were not available for comment.

San Miguel Corporation has three ball clubs in the league, Magnolia Beverage, Barangay Ginebra and Purefoods, although only Magnolia and Ginebra were entitled to vote.

Representing the SMC teams during the meeting were alternate governors Ely Capacio (Magnolia), Robert Non (Ginebra) and Rene Pardo (Purefoods).

Also present were governors Ricky Vargas (Talk ‘N Text), Buddy Encarnado (Sta. Lucia Realty), Lito Alvarez (Air21) and Mamerto Mondragon (Welcoat Paints), alternate governor Joaqui Trillo (Alaska).

Coke’s governor JB Baylon was not present but he was represented by the team’s media relations officer Walter Panganiban.

The meeting started around 10 a.m. with the board giving each candidate a chance to present their respective plans and programs for the league which followed with an interview.

The deliberation took place at around 1 p.m. and lasted nearly three hours.

Gregorio, also known in the local basketball circle as the eldest brother of coaches Ryan (Purefoods) and Allan (Mail & MorePBL), first presented his plans and programs and be interviewed.

Barrios informed Gregorio later in the afternoon of the board decision.

In a text message, Gregorio said: "I respect that. I guess my vision was too radical."

It was the first time that the board adjourned and left hanging the decision on the commissionership.

Four years ago when the board decided the replacement of the late commissioner Jun Bernardino, it decided on the same day it interviewed the nominees. The voting went through three rounds before Eala bagged the coveted post.

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12-18-2007, 06:55 AM
Salud, Ramos neck-and-neck in PBA race
By Julius Manicad
12/18/2007
www.tribune.net.ph

The Philippine Basketball Association’s board of governors yesterday failed to name a new commissioner following a day-long meeting at the PBA office in Quezon City.

But league officials have come down to the closest choice as they cut the candidates to only two: telecommunication executive Lambert Ramos and lawyer Angelico “Chito” Salud, giving the 10-man board a narrower field of csomparison when they decide on Jan. 10 next year.

According to acting commissioner Renauld “Sonny” Barrios, no candidate got two-thirds votes from the nine voting members. But Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas executive director Patrick Gregorio was dropped for having the least number of votes after the first round of balloting.

“After two-and-a-half hours of deliberation, the board decided to adjourn the meeting to Jan. 10,” Barrios said after emerging from the lengthy, closed-door session. “Nobody got the maximum number of votes. That’s the long and short story.”

Present were board chairman Tony Chua of Red Bull, Buddy Encarnado of Sta. Lucia, Lito Alvarez of Air21, Robert Non of Ginebra, Ely Capacio of Magnolia, Rene Pardo of Purefoods, Ricky Vargas of Talk ‘N Text, Mamerto Mondragon of Welcoat and Joaqui Trillo of Alaska. JB Baylon of Coca-Cola was not around but sent alternate governor Walter Panganiban.

Barrios, however, refused to reveal how the votes went.

“I really have no idea as to who got what number. I’m very sorry to disappoint everyone. I thought it will be resolved today.”

Prior to the deliberation, the three candidates were given 30 minutes to present their plans and programs for the league.

Gregorio took the podium first followed by Ramos and then Salud.

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12-19-2007, 05:42 AM
Group of 5 sticks to Salud
Eala: PBA system of choosing next commissioner is flawed
WEDNESDAY |DECEMBER 19, 2007
www.malaya.com.ph

NOT one of the five teams–Magnolia, Ginebra, Coca-Cola, Red Bull and Welcoat–that chose lawyer Chito Salud over telecommunications executive Lambert Ramos during the voting for the pro league’s next commissioner last Monday will jump ship and will instead try to convince another team to join their ranks.

This was stressed yesterday by a very knowledgeable and reliable source privy to the deliberation and voting process held at the pro league office in Libis, adding "there is no conflict of interest" as far as Salud is concerned.

The source, who requested anonymity, said that while all the candidates for the position vacated by Noli Eala last August "are all very qualified," they want a new commissioner "who will come in without any perceived attachment" to any of the teams in the league.

Aside from Salud and Ramos, the other candidate for the post was BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas secretary-general Patrick Gregorio who received one vote during the first round of voting and was subsequently dropped from consideration. Salud got five votes in the first round and Ramos had three. The team–Talk N Text–that voted for Gregorio in the first round shifted its vote to Ramos in the second and third rounds.

The Malaya source said Gre-gorio was not considered by the group of five because he has a brother–Ryan–who is calling the shots for Purefoods. Ramos, on the other hand, has served in various capacities for several teams, one of them Alaska, and also has a son holding a high position with Air21.

With nobody managing to get the required three-fourths vote, the PBA Board decided to adjourn after nearly three hours of deliberation. The issue is expected to be decided by Jan. 10 next year.

Before the Board meets anew, however, the Malaya source said the group of five will try to convince one of the four teams–Air 21, Sta. Lucia, Alaska and Talk N Text–to join their group and resolve the impasse.

Meanwhile, Eala yesterday described the process undertaken by the PBA Board last Monday as "flawed," adding the criteria set by the league in its search for a new commissioner was thrown out of the window.

"From the criteria laid down by the Board, it was very clear the selection process will be based on a ‘points system,’ with a candidate’s marketing skills worth 40 points and finance 20 points," said Eala, adding he learned that Gregorio impressed the board with his marketing presentation and was immediately offered the job as the league’s chief marketing officer.

"Yet only one team considered him for the job of commissioner," added Eala, named by the league as its sixth commissioner in 2003 over several other aspirants, with his marketing skills considered as one of his strong suits. He resigned last August.

"There is an inherent defect, a weakness, in that kind of system they are using to choose the next commissioner. They want somebody with unblemished integrity, with no conflict of interest, yet there is no stopping the candidates from seeking the votes of the teams. There is a need for consensus-building," he added.

Eala added the league should consider "a talent within the organization" for the coveted post, somebody who has been there long enough, somebody who is not indebted to any team. (Jimmy A. Cantor)

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12-19-2007, 05:46 AM
Eala proposes change in selection process
By Ed Picson
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
www.mb.com.ph

In the wake of the ongoing search for his permanent replacement, past PBA Commissioner Noli Eala sounded out a call for the league to take another look at the selection process.

"It’s been there for 33 years, and perhaps they feel it works for them, but my experience says otherwise", said the youthful former basketball executive in a radio interview on the program "The Scene Around" over Sports Radio Monday morning.

He was referring to the system whereby a nominee for the commissionership gets voted on by the member-teams of the league, as represented by their respective board of governors.

Eala felt that having the nominees curry the favor of the member-teams results in creating the wrong impression that deals are struck in the process.

"In fairness to all concerned, I know this is not the reality". Eala says he can vouch for the professionalism of all the member-teams and their respective leaderships, "it’s really just a perception that just because one sought and got the vote of a certain team, he is bound to be more sympathetic to it."

Obviously he was referring to the events in his personal life that led to his resignation. He believes that the said events only provided the impetus, but the real reason some quarters asked for his head was the suspicion that he harbored loyalties to some of the other teams.

"And I say to you now, with all sincerity in my heart, that was not the case."

That said, the youthful former broadcaster and lawyer now boxing promoter opined that a commissioner "should be close to all the teams. He cannot be an enemy to any of them. Closeness to the teams should be a plus and not the other way around."

What the resigned commissioner suggests is a model based on how corporations choose their executives. Talent development should be given emphasis so that future officers of the league would have hands-on training and the resultant hierarchy would ensure a smooth transition from one leader to another.

He points at the NBA which draws from people they hone for bigger responsibilities as in the case of current Commissioner David Stern and understudy Russ Granik whom he is grooming to eventually take over.

"There could even be more than one understudy and in that case, the decision-makers will only have to assess their qualifications, work history and programs and then make the selection."

This will also jibe with plans of turning the PBA into a corporation, something which Eala also supports. He feels that this will streamline the operations, be financially beneficial and will clearly define the responsibilities and parameters of officers such as a CEO, a COO and a CFO.

He cautions though, that the formation of a PBA corporate structure may take some doing since there are already ten corporations there, some of them publicly-listed, which means they may not want to take the plunge without consulting with their share holders.

Asked what he feels the current board should look at in choosing his replacement (current Commissioner Sonny Barrios is on hold-over capacity), Eala emphatically stressed a candidate’s "passion."

"A passion for basketball and a passion for the PBA. Not just passion to want to play or watch a basketball game, but one that makes him enthusiastic enough to sit there for 5 hours every game day (sometimes 4 times a week, including provincial games) and watch, appreciate and analyze every single ball game…even the blow-outs."

"He also has to have the passion to feel for the players, the teams and especially the public."

Eala says that while having marketing skills and financial acumen are all well and good, "I doubt if there is such a Mr. Wonderful who can be an expert in both fields and at the same time be basketball savvy."

"The second important criterion is a commissioner’s ability to tap the right people for such matters as marketing, finance, operations, public relations and technical details. These are the people who will carry out the concepts and directions as laid out by the commissioner. At the end of the day, they will be answerable to him".

When asked if he had relayed these concerns to the board, Eala chuckled that he did not get the opportunity as he was "overtaken by events and did not even get the chance to talk to the board at length before I had to walk away."

He says his stint with the PBA is a "closed chapter in my life, and I have resolved to move on. I didn’t even want to talk about this anymore; we just somehow got into it, didn’t we?"

However he says that presently, since the process is already underway, he hopes that everyone concerned will be objective and that people will see the choice for what it is- a decision for the good of the entire league and not for certain parochial interests.

amdgc82
12-19-2007, 05:50 AM
PBA fails to elect commissioner
By Ronnie Nathanielsz
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
www.manilastandardtoday.com

THE Philippine Basketball Association board of governors yesterday decided to postpone its choice of a new commissioner to Jan. 10, after none of the two candidates in a runoff poll obtained the required six votes as mandated by the constitution and by-laws of the pro league during a meeting at the PBA offices yesterday.

PBA chairman Tony Chua and the members of the board shunned a news conference setup to hopefully announce their choice before several members of the media, and instead sent officer-in-charge Sonny Barrios with specific parameters on what to announce.

A lone figure seated behind a long table with a number of empty seats, Barrios said: “The board has asked me to announce that it has trimmed down the contest to two remaining nominees—Lambert Ramos and lawyer Chito Salud.”

Barrios added: “After some two-and-a-half hours of deliberations, they have decided to adjourn, meaning that nobody got the minimum six votes. The board will re-convene on Jan. 10 to resolve the impasse, so to speak.”

While Barrios was part of the presentation process in which all three candidates, including Patrick Gregorio, made individual presentations and answered questions posed by board members, he was excused during the deliberations and voting.

The OIC said he didn’t know how the voting went and therefore was unable to release any information aside from being prohibited from doing so even if he knew. Neither was Chua prepared to tell the media how the voting went.

But Standard Today was able to get a detailed breakdown of how the members voted. In the first ballot, Salud received 5 votes, Ramos 3 and Gregorio 1. Those who voted for Salud were Coca-Cola, Welcoat, two of the three San Miguel teams, and Red Bull.

Talk N Text voted for Gregorio. As a result, Gregorio dropped out and there was a runoff between Salud and Ramos.

In the second balloting, Talk N Text governor and former chairman Ricky Vargas switched his vote to Ramos, while the others who voted for Salud and Ramos in the first balloting stood firm. If Vargas had voted for Salud, he would have been named commissioner.

A third vote was called in an attempt to break the virtual deadlock and elect a commissioner, but the lines had apparently been drawn and it was once again a 5-4 vote in favor of Salud.

Fears of campaigning, horse-trading and other malpractices associated with political campaigns have surfaced following a flood of text messages in recent weeks denigrating the candidates, aside from clear indications of campaigning among board members.

A clue to the divisions in the board surfaced when, according to two board members who asked that they not be identified, Salud was asked about his family’s friendship with the top men at San Miguel Corp., chairman Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco and president Ramon Ang.

Salud reportedly said his family was proud to count them as friends and hoped they were equally proud of having the Salud family, headed by former PBA commissioner Rudy Salud as friends.

The former commissioner is to this day credited with steering the pro league to new heights in terms of attendance, television ratings and most importantly integrity.

amdgc82
12-19-2007, 05:57 AM
Gregorio’s ideas bold but PBA* ain’t ready
By Nelson Beltran
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
www.philstar.com

BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas executive director Patrick “Pato” Gregorio is no longer a candidate as next PBA commissioner but could well be the man in the future.

PBA board chairman Tony Chua said Gregorio has great ideas which could really be good for the league down the road.

“Personally, I like Pato’s ideas. The board was impressed. He had a grand vision for the league but* the board wanted to tackle its present problems first,” said Chua. “But he’s really good. It’s a matter of timing. I’m pretty sure he would become a PBA commissioner in the future.”

After two and a half hours of deliberation and three rounds of voting, the PBA board on Monday narrowed the number of nominees down to* Atty. Chito Salud and Lambert Ramos. It will have its final deliberation on Jan. 10.

“I was after branding and positioning. I wanted the PBA to become an Asian super brand where bigger money can come in,” said Gregorio. “If the US is Olympic caliber. I wanted the PBA, after 32 years, to be Asian caliber. It’s time to elevate to the next level – be Asia’s most exciting league.”

“I proposed that the PBA re-brand. Just like Kentucky Fried Chicken which is now only KFC, my proposal is for the Philippine Basketball Association to be just the PBA. For how can you attract super brands like Hewlett Packard, Visa, Samsung and others when the PBA is concentrated only on local market?” Gregorio added.

Basically, Gregorio, 40, a former Ten Outstanding Young Men awardee, wanted to penetrate the Asian market.

“If you want bigger money to come in, international coverage like ESPN to come in, let’s make the PBA the Asian super league. For example you want Samsung to come in, then get top five players from Korea,” Gregorio said.

The UP alumnus saw the PBA selection process as “the perfect venue to explain his vision of synergy between the PBA and SBP.”

Not chosen to take over from officer-in-charge Sonny Barrios, Gregorio will concentrate instead in pursuing his programs at SBP.

He has a whole-day meeting with TAO Corp. top bossman Jun Sy, RP Youth coach Franz Pumaren and national training center director Eric Altamirano today to talk about their programs.

gameface_one
12-20-2007, 02:43 PM
In Huddle
Fight is now between Salud and Ramos


By Beth Celis
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Last updated 22:44:00 12/19/2007


BETWEEN now and Jan. 10, the date when the PBA board reconvenes to select the next league commissioner, a lot of things can happen.

The original plan was to make the final choice last Dec. 17, the day the remaining three candidates presented to the governors their plans for the league should they be appointed.

But after about two hours of deliberation, the board still couldn't come up with a new commissioner. They went through three rounds of voting, but none of the three--which went down to two candidates in the second round--got the required minimum six votes.

To the media, "no news" is never good news, so everyone was disappointed when PBA officer in charge Sonny Barrios made his appearance at the lobby of the PBA office in Libis where the press was gathered to announce the result of the deliberation.

* * *

"Can we at least get the numbers?" asked a flabbergasted veteran scribe who had come to the PBA office early, prepared with a complete resumé of the candidate he had expected to win.

He wanted to know how many votes lawyer Chito Salud and former Nextel president Lambert Ramos each got.

It wasn't difficult to extrapolate though, that one got five votes, while the other got four. Because if one of them got three or less, then it means that the other got six, which is the minimum number of votes required to declare a winner.

What the rest of the members of the media wanted to know was, which teams voted for whom.

To review, the sequence of the presentation of candidates was done through a drawing of lots. It turned out to be in alphabetical order: Patrick Gregorio first, Lambert Ramos second, and Chito Salud third.

Each got 30 minutes to make his presentation. Each left immediately after the presentation.

Lunch followed, both for the board and the media. While deliberation was next on the agenda, personally, I was convinced that the governors had already made their choices even before the candidates made their presentations.

It wasn't long after the meeting that I found out how the teams voted. I was almost a hundred percent accurate in my speculation except for one franchise which was a big question mark.

Now, I'm sure you too would like to know how the teams voted.

Let's play a little game. I'll give you a clue.

Remember, one of the candidates got five votes, the other four.

The uniforms of the five teams are dominated by the color red, while those of the four are multi-colored.

Had the other candidate collected five votes after the second round of voting, he would have been declared commissioner.

Because one team from the red-colored group would have shifted his vote to the candidate of the multi-colored group in the third round of voting.

If I'm not being clear to you, that's not intentional.

The big surprise was the swing vote, which was expected by both opposing parties.

* * *

Pato Gregorio shouldn't feel too bad about being eliminated in the first round. I heard some governors speaking highly of his presentation.

Under the rules of the selection, the candidate with the lowest number of votes in the first round will be the first to get the boot and the executive director of the SBP was that candidate.

What might have gone against him was having two brothers in two different teams in the PBA.

Younger brother Allan is in the coaching staff of Air21 while Ryan is head coach of Purefoods.

Pato said God must have other plans for him.

Anyway, everyone is now wondering what step the PBA will take should the deadlock remain despite several rounds of voting on Jan. 10.

One governor said he doesn't even want to think about it, because that will spoil his Christmas.

gameface_one
12-21-2007, 09:24 AM
Neighbors in contention
SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson
Friday, December 21, 2007
Philstar.com


Would you believe that the last two contenders for the position of PBA commissioner live in the same community at Loyola Grand Villas in Quezon City?

Either Lambert Ramos, 56, or Chito Salud, 45, will be named the league’s seventh commissioner to replace Noli Eala and officer-in-charge Sonny Barrios on Jan. 10 – assuming the Board of Governors is able to break the impasse in the vote.

Ramos’ wife Vilma and Salud’s mother Pampin are actively involved in the Family Rosary Crusade.

Last Monday, the Board tried twice to snap a 5-4 count but couldn’t. The new commissioner can be installed only via a two-thirds majority or six of nine votes. Another poll is set on Jan. 10.

Both Ramos and Salud scored high in their presentations to the Board. So did the third candidate Patrick Gregorio who was dropped from contention after the first count.

Ramos said a priority in his program as commissioner is to develop a fan affinity with each team. “If there is dwindling interest in the league, it’s because of a lack of fan affinity,” he explained. “You may be a Sta. Lucia homeowner but you may not be a Sta. Lucia fan. You may patronize Purefoods products but you may not be a Purefoods fan. I want to address the issue of affinity, looking into tying up with schools and regions. I want to try non-traditional media in reaching out to a new fan base, using blogs and buzz marketing.”

Ramos said his vision is for the PBA to become the most exciting pro basketball league not only in Asia but also in every other part of the world outside of North America and Europe.

“I also want to institutionalize a basketball academy where we can make coaching a real career option and provide a system to upgrade our referees’ standards,” he added. “Just to be nominated is an honor for me. If I’m not elected, at least I had fun meeting the people in the PBA.”

Ramos holds three master’s degrees and worked as director of sales for Alaska in 1994-97. He was recruited by Alaska president Fred Uytengsu after hosting PBA goodwill games in Guam as country manager for Budweiser from 1990-94. Ramos left Alaska to join Hardiflex in 1997.

“I knew I would never be president of Alaska so I accepted an offer from Hardiflex where I worked from 1999 to 2001,” he said. “I left Alaska in good terms with Fred (Uytengsu). At Hardiflex, I got burned out. You know how it is working for a multinational company. They pay you well but you’re on the job 24/7. I took a rest from work, enjoying the golden parachute I got, and became an eight-handicap golfer. I taught marketing at Ateneo during that time. In 2004, I was back at work with Nextel.”

Ramos is now Nextel president but said if he becomes commissioner, he’ll take an indefinite leave of absence.

“I never hid the fact I worked for Alaska over 10 years ago,” said Ramos. “I also never hid the fact that my son Johann is president of Mail and More which is affiliated with Air21. My son is 31, an AIM graduate. He was hired on his merits by Mr. Bert Lina and we never talk basketball.”

Out of delicadeza, Salud has taken a leave of absence in Barrios’ staff where he served on a pro bono basis with a focus to improve officiating standards since the start of the season.

Salud’s background as a lawyer, chief executive and basketball fan stands out in his resume. He was president of the National Home Mortgage Finance Corp. (NHMFC) and Natural Resources Development Corp. (NRDC). During President Estrada’s administration, Salud was deputy presidential spokesman with the rank of undersecretary. He was later recruited by President Arroyo to head NHMFC and NRDC, a tribute to this untainted professionalism.

“Do I have a favorite PBA team?” asked Salud, in response to a question. “No. I enjoy the game too much to have a favorite team. If I am elected commissioner, impartiality will be a hallmark in my administration. The rules will apply to all. My basic focus is the game because if the product isn’t strong and exciting, how can we attract the fans, build up attendance, generate TV ratings and bring in sponsors and advertisers?”

Salud’s keen eye for the game is a key asset.

“My starting point is the product,” he said. “I want the product to be exciting for the fans. If given the chance, I will be a hands-on commissioner. My job will be to make sure the game is played at a high level so that we are able to market the PBA efficiently and make it grow.”

A retired PBA superstar recently remarked that the commissioner should never steal the limelight from the players. “If you relate it to the movies, the commissioner is like the director and the players are the actors,” said the cage legend. “That was how it was during Rudy Salud’s term. I’m sure his son Chito learned from that example.”

gameface_one
01-01-2008, 10:44 AM
New commish Chua’s New Year’s wish
By Nelson Beltran
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
philstar.com


PBA board chairman Tony Chua is hopeful the board will break their impasse and finally come up with a decision on the next PBA commissioner in their meeting on Jan. 10.

“My fervent New Year’s wish is that all of us in the PBA board be given good wisdom and select the best man that could help us bring the PBA to even greater heights,” said Chua.

“I hope that the selection process be over by Jan. 10 so we can focus on delivering the best basketball for our fans,” Chua added. “I’m apologizing to the PBA fans kung mayroon kaming pagkukulang and I wish them all the best this new year.”

The board is divided on its choice between Chito Salud and Lambert Ramos as the next commissioner. It needs to muster two-thirds vote to finally name the man taking over from officer-in-charge Sonny Barrios.

Barrios said the board may also need to look for an officer-in-charge if it isn’t able to name the next commissioner before the Fiesta Cup.

“A family business that needs my attention is waiting for me. I can’t stay on as officer-in-charge beyond the Philippine Cup,” said Barrios.

Thus, Barrios is also hoping the governors are guided by their good wisdom and finally come up with a decision in their Jan. 10 meeting.

The impasse remains if no one is still able to get at least six votes from the nine voting governors (all teams except Purefoods).

San Miguel Beer, Barangay Ginera, Red Bull, Welcoat and Coca-Cola were reportedly for Salud while Talk n Text, Alaska Milk, Air21 and Sta. Lucia for Ramos as the board couldn’t break the deadlock in its previous meeting.

Backdoor maneuverings are reportedly ongoing with each group trying to get votes from one another.

One governor said it’s hard to predict what will happen in their next meeting.

Salud is looking to improve the PBA game while Ramos’ priority is to develop a fan affinity with each team.

Out of delicadeza, Salud has taken a leave of absence in Barrios’ staff where he served on a pro bono basis with a focus to improve officiating standards since the start of the season.

Ramos is currently the Nextel president but said he’ll take an indefinite leave of absence in the telecommunication company if he becomes the PBA commissioner.

gameface_one
01-02-2008, 11:20 AM
New commish will guide PBA into another level

Barrios says

Waylon Galvez
mb.com.ph



Philippine Basketball Association Officer-In-Charge Sonny Barrios expressed confidence yesterday that the Board of Governors will come up with a final decision on the commissionership on Jan. 10.


Barrios said that the long break somehow gave the nine voting representatives to reassess who between Chito Salud and Lambert Ramos should be the next league commissioner.

"With the wisdom of the board, I’m sure that they will decide with finality the commissionership," Barrios told the Bulletin.

"Whoever the board chooses, the league will be in a win-win situation. Either Chito or Lambert, both are capable, knowledgeable and has what it takes to guide the PBA to another level," Barrios said.

The board failed to arrive at a decision last Dec. 17 when it first tackled the issue and instead, it rescheduled another meeting on Jan. 10

What it accomplished, however, after interviewing and listening to the respective programs of the nominees, was to trim down the number of candidates from three to two, eliminating Patrick Gregorio in the race after the first round of voting.

Gregorio, executive director of Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), reportedly got a single vote from Talk ’N Text, while Salud had five and Ramos had three votes.

In the second round of voting, sources said that Salud, a lawyer and son of former league commissioner Rudy Salud, still got five, while Ramos, currently president of NEXTEL, had four.

The board came up with the same number of votes in the third round. Then it decided to adjourn and set another meeting.

League insiders said that Salud got his votes from Red Bull, Welcoat Paints, Magnolia Beverage, Barangay Ginebra and CocaCola, while Talk ’N Text, Air21, Alaska and Sta. Lucia Realty voted for Ramos.

San Miguel Corporation (SMC), which has three PBA teams, is allowed to cast only two votes.

Purefoods TJ Hotdogs is a non-voting board member.

A candidate must get the required number of three-fourths or six votes to win the PBA commissionership. "We’re not privy to the discussion of the board as far as who they’ll vote for when they meet again. But I’m sure they are discussing this issue the past several days," Barrios said.

Asked what will happen in case the board fails again to get the required number of votes, Barrios said that he has no idea and that is up to the board to decide.

"It’s really the board’s call. But as I‘ve said, they have ways to get the number and have a decision come January 10. I doubt it that when they meet on that date, they have no decision. Meron na malamang ‘yan," he said.

Barrios, a former executive of the league during the time of the late commissioner Jun Bernardino, said that when he accepted the OIC position his agreement to the board was only for one conference (Philippine Cup).

"That’s what we agreed, mabuti sana kung one season. Ang kaso, one conference lang talaga. So I’ve made my personal plans already that after this conference, ‘yun ang mga naka-set na for me," Barrios said.

Barrios mentioned the family business (care home) he put up in the United States which is operating now.

"My wife (Becky) is in the US so s’ya ang nagma-manage. Pero s’yempre kailangan ako dun. It’s not a petty business like putting up a karinderya. It’s something important for my family."

"Hindi ko naman pwede sabihin na baka ‘pwede one conference pa’. Baka iwan na ako ng asawa ko," Barrios added in jest.

According to Barrios, the board is well aware of the situation, and this will not end up with choosing two persons – one for another OIC and the other is a permanent commissioner.

gameface_one
01-04-2008, 09:18 AM
Fans can make PBA win, says Ramos


By Musong R. Castillo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 01:54am (Mla time) 01/04/2008


The less heard, less exposed of the two men left to contest the commissionership of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) swears that improving the game is not the sole key to leading the pro league back to its glory days.

“I cannot just say that I will make the games more exciting,” Lambert Ramos, 56, told the Inquirer.

Ramos, an ex-seminarian who confessed he was no great basketball technician, said the fans could make the PBA a big winner again.

“The fans should be able to tell us what they want,” he said. “We [PBA leaders] must be able to understand what they want to see in the games.”

Voting by members of the PBA board, which will actually be the third time after two deadlocks were reached last Dec. 17, will be done on Jan. 10. A candidate needs to garner at least six votes to gain the commissionership.

Ramos, who won another term as president of Next Mobile in the Philippines last Dec. 11, said his board had “signified its intention of allowing me to get out” should he get the PBA board’s nod.

“If they (PBA board) so decide that they want a market-driven guy, then I am their man. Basketball knowledge can be acquired, leadership is not. You are born with it,” he said. “I know the game, I love the game. I played it when I was young.”

Ramos’ name has been floated since the search for a new commissioner started in August. He was also a strong candidate for the PBA officer-in-charge position, along with Freddie Webb.

“If they are looking for a basketball technician, then I am not their man.”

Ramos, who along with lawyer Chito Salud survived a grueling search by the board after Noli Eala resigned in August, said that “whatever improvements are made, it must be tailor-fit to what the audience, those who go to the venues, wants.”

But would he end up neglecting the improvement of the game?

“Definitely not, I’m hundred per cent for it” he said. “But it must come after we (Commissioner’s Office and Board) have a shared understanding of what the fans want. We, as hard-core fans, need to pass this action to starter fans.”

Ramos, a native of Malolos, Bulacan, knows that he was at the shorter end of two 5-4 rounds done by the board last Dec. 17, with Salud, son of the eminent lawyer Rudy Salud, landing just one vote shy of becoming the league’s seventh commissioner.

“If I win it, it will be because of God’s grace,” Ramos said. “I have gone through all the ups and downs of corporate life. I am now looking for a challenging, new undertaking that will give me another shot at adrenaline, a new lease on life, so to speak.”

Ramos admitted that, had the nomination come around July last year, he would have said no because his wife, Vilma, was battling colon cancer then.

But after Vilma’s successful recovery, Ramos believes that getting the PBA back on track is his next challenge.

“You have to have marketing and innovation,” he said. “Before, the PBA used to enjoy a [television] rating of 5-10, now we are 1.13. And ‘Marimar’ [a soap opera on GMA Network] is doing 42-50 because that is what the televiewers want.”

gameface_one
01-05-2008, 09:54 AM
Ramos is next PBA commish?



By WAYLON GALVEZ
mb.com.ph

TELECOMMUNICATIONS EXECUTIVE Lambert Ramos will most likely be the next commissioner of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).


Sources in the PBA board of governors revealed yesterday that Ramos had met the required six votes to succeed Noli Eala as league commissioner.

Red Bull and Coca-Cola, which previously voted for lawyer Chito Salud, have reportedly decided to cast their lot in favor of Ramos, a relative outsider with little basketball experience.

Ramos also has the backing of Air21, Alaska, Sta. Lucia Realty and Talk ‘N Text.

The PBA board is expected to make the formal announcement next week, according to sources.

In their meeting last Dec. 17, the board, composed of team representatives, went through three rounds of voting with no candidate getting the required six votes.

The board adjourned its meeting with Salud leading Ramos, 5-4, after the third round.

Come D-Day, however, Ramos, the 56-year-old president of NEXTEL Communications, will get six votes.

"I think that’s what will happen next week," said another source, a close confidant of one of the team governors.

gameface_one
01-05-2008, 01:29 PM
Let's determine the pulse of Gamefacers. Who is your pick as the next PBA Commissioner?

gameface_one
01-05-2008, 01:31 PM
^^^Mod, can you merge this with the other thread pls? Thanks.

amdgc82
01-06-2008, 08:04 AM
Secret vote may decide new PBA commish?
By Musong R. Castillo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 02:16am (Mla time) 01/06/2008

MANILA, Philippines -- With the possibility of another deadlock looming, the Philippine Basketball Association’s board of governors will start drafting guidelines on how to break an impasse when it convenes again on Thursday to name its permanent commissioner.

Among the steps being prepared is for the members to vote in secret if another deadlock, similar to the two 5-4 rounds that happened last Dec. 17, transpires between lawyer Chito Salud and businessman Lambert Ramos.

Under the league’s constitution and by- laws, a candidate for commissioner should get at least three-fourths vote of the board, in this case, six, to win the post.

Salud, son of the eminent lawyer and former PBA commissioner Rudy Salud, and Ramos, the self-made telecommunications executive and marketing whiz, battled to the proverbial draw last Dec. 17.

However, there were unconfirmed reports that the balloting will end on Thursday with most members of the board already decided on their respective choices.

Whoever wins will become the seventh commissioner of Asia’s first play-for-pay league, a very influential position in the country’s basketball landscape vacated following the resignation of Noli Eala.

Inquirer sources said that during the last voting, Salud was the one who had five votes in each of the rounds.

The same source said that it is likely that the Jan. 10 meeting could again end up in a draw since the supporters of both candidates have been very adamant and have pledged to stick with their respective candidates all the way.

amdgc82
01-06-2008, 08:05 AM
IN HUDDLE
Swing vote now favors Ramos?
By Beth Celis
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 02:33am (Mla time) 01/06/2008

MANILA, Philippines -- “Fiat voluntas tua.” If these words sound Greek to you, they shouldn’t, literally. They’re Latin, according, to Lambert Ramos, one of two remaining candidates for PBA commissioner, and they were culled from the Blessed Virgin Mary’s Magnificat.

In English, the phrase means “Thy will be done!” Lambert had quoted the Blessed Virgin when I tried to confirm recent reports that the commissionership was already in the bag for him.

To start with, I don’t know how this report got around or if there is some truth to it. Instead of calling some governors, who would most likely be holding their cards close to their chests, to verify, I thought I’d call Lambert, who was trained in the seminary not to lie.

* * *

Lambert said he has not been in touch with any of the governors since the Dec. 17 board meeting.

“I don’t know the internal developments within the board, if at all there is any. I have no idea what the outcome of the Jan. 10 meeting will be.”

According to media reports, there had been a reversal of fortunes during the holiday impasse, the swing vote turning in favor of Lambert. Last Dec. 17, the governors parted with neither Lambert or Chito Salud getting the required 6 votes from the board. Chito got 5 and Lambert, 4.

Now it’s 5 for Lambert or 4 for Chito, if we are to believe reports from the grapevine.

As early as Dec. 17, there had been talks that if Lambert gets 5 votes initially, he will win because one of the ballclubs which had first voted for Chito would now vote for Lambert in the next round, raising to 6 the total number of votes for the Nextel president.

We will only prove the veracity of these reports after the board reconvenes on Jan. 10 to determine the new commissioner by secret balloting.

* * *

“If it is God’s will, it will happen, If not, I am happy to have been part of the selection process,” said Lambert yesterday.”

He made it clear that although he loves basketball and he is interested in the job of commissioner, he is not obsessed with the position.

As country manager of Budweiser beer assigned in Guam in the mid-90’s, Lambert was responsible for sending PBA teams to play in that US territory.

The PBA teams were booked in the best hotels and treated like VIP’s wherever they went. A PBA game was always a big island event at that time.

Whichever way the wind blows on Jan. 10, the new commissioner will have to roll up his sleeves and get down to serious work as soon as possible.

From what I gathered, the marketing department of the PBA is in shambles with members of the staff in exodus.

I haven’t had time to investigate on the whys and wherefores. All I know is that in the last few months, 5 or 6 marketing men have resigned.

* * *

A big celebration for the Living Legend’s 62nd birthday on March 8 is being prepared by the PBA Legends Foundation USA headed by its chairman Abe King, Sonny Jaworski’s former Toyota teammate.

According to Abe, it will be a week-long series of festivities where the biggest names in the PBA will gather to play against each other in selected cities in California,

“The Filipinos here are very excited. The response to the event is overwhelming. Imagine, they will have a chance to see their idols at close range and even hobnob with them,” Abe said.

Jaworski and the other legends will be in California from March 8 to 16 during the conference break.

Expected to join the entourage are Alvin Patrimonio, Samboy Lim, Allan Caidic, Hector Calma, Dindo Pumaren, Manny Victorino, Vergel Meneses, Jojo Lastimosa, Gerry Esplana, Mon Fernandez, Jerry Codinera, Ronnie Magsanoc, Bong Ravena and others, with Baby Dalupan and Dante Silverio as coaches of the opposing teams.

Rufino Ignacio, who used to be with the PBA’s Coutryfair ballclub and is now working closely with Abe and the Foundation, will be in Manila next week to finalize arrangements for the Big J’s birthday bash.

amdgc82
01-06-2008, 08:08 AM
http://www.mb.com.ph/SPRT20080106113609.html

Coke official mum on commish issue
By WAYLON GALVEZ
Sunday, January 6, 2008

COCA-COLA team governor JB Baylon neither confirmed nor denied yesterday’s report that his team has changed its earlier stand with regards to its vote for the next PBA commissioner.

"I don’t want to discuss Coke’s vote because we aren’t supposed to," Baylon replied when asked to verify reports that Coke will switch vote for commissioner from lawyer Chito Salud to marketing expert Lambert Ramos.

The PBA Board of Governors will convene on Thursday to vote who between Salud, son of onetime league commissioner Rudy Salud, and Ramos will take the post vacated by Noli Eala.

Last Dec. 17, the powerful board failed to get the required three-fourths vote or six out of the nine voting members depite going through three rounds during the procedure.

In the previous meeting during the second round of voting, Coke, along with Ginebra, Magnolia, Welcoat and Red Bull, reportedly voted for Salud, while Ramos got his votes from Talk ‘N Text, Air21, Alaska and Sta. Lucia.

The result was the same in the third round.

A third nominee, Patrick Gregorio , was eliminated in the first round after he got just a single vote reportedly from TNT.

However, things will change come D-Day as, according to sources, Red Bull and Coke will vote for the 56-year-old Ramos, to give the current NEXTEL president a 6-3 win over Salud.

Baylon said that he has not discussed the issue to any person, particularly his fellow board members or PBA officials.

"No one has spoken to me about how Coke will vote and I haven’t spoken to anyone," Baylon said. "That’s why I was just surprised. Especially since someone was trying to speak for Coke."

The meeting is set at 10 a.m. at the PBA Office in Libis, Quezon City.

San Miguel Corporation (SMC), which has three teams in the league, is allowed to cast only two votes through Ginebra and Magnolia. Purefoods TJ Hotdogs is a non-voting member of the board.

gameface_one
01-06-2008, 08:27 AM
Cha-cha could break PBA impasse – Chua
By Nelson Beltran
Sunday, January 6, 2008
Philstar.com


PBA board chairman Tony Chua said the league’s executive board meets Tuesday to draft proposals on how to break another impasse in their search for a new commissioner.

Chua didn’t discount the possibility of amending the constitution to finally break the deadlock on their choice for the job between Chito Salud and Lambert Ramos.

The board will have its fourth round of voting in a meeting Thursday at the PBA office in Libis, Quezon City. Chua said he’ll propose secret voting, hoping to finally end their search for the man to take over from officer-in-charge Sonny Barrios.

Under the league’s existing rules, a candidate has to muster two-thirds vote of the board to get the appointment. The magic number is six from nine voting members.

“One or two ball clubs have to sacrifice in order to get the needed number. If everyone sticks to their vote, we can’t make the appointment unless we amend our rules,” Chua told The STAR.

“This is why we’re convening the executive board Tuesday. We’ll study and draft proposals how to break the deadlock if the votes remain the same in the next voting,” Chua added.

Drafting the proposals are Chua, vice chairman Joaqui Trillo and treasurer Robert Non.

The board has gone through three ballotings but still failed to resolve the matter with Salud reportedly getting the votes of Magnolia, Barangay Ginebra, Welcoat, Red Bull and Coca-Cola and Ramos getting the nods of Alaska Milk, Air21, Sta. Lucia and Talk n Text.

Salud’s group needs to win one vote from the other group to get the mandate. Ramos’ group, on the other hand, needs to attract two from the other side.

Backdoor maneuverings from both sides are expected to happen up to the very day of the next voting.

Meanwhile, Purefoods Tender Juicy and Sta. Lucia Realty seek to keep their one-two positions as they take on separate opponents in the Smart PBA Philippine Cup at the Araneta Coliseum today.

The Giants take on the Coca-Cola Tigers at 4:30 p.m. with a chance to finally clinch an outright seat in the semifinals.

The Realtors play the Magnolia Beverage Masters at 6:50 p.m. looking to stay within striking distance of the Giants.

Magnolia, at 9-7, still has a chance to make outright semis entry. Coca-Cola, at 6-9, just hopes to salvage automatic entry into the quarters.

gameface_one
01-06-2008, 08:29 AM
double post

amdgc82
01-08-2008, 05:52 AM
http://www.malaya.com.ph/jan08/spor2.htm
TUESDAY |JANUARY 8, 2008

Still hanging in the balance
Search for next PBA commish comes to a head
BY NOLI CORTEZ

THE question of who will become the pro league’s next commissioner still hangs in the balance, but the governors intend to leave no stone unturned to arrive at the best decision.

PBA Chairman Tony Chua yesterday said it is still a toss-up between lawyer Chito Salud and business executive Lambert Ramos with only four days to go before the governors make their final decision.

"Puwedeng magbaligtaran pero both ways," Chua said in an interview. "Puwedeng may dating supporter ni Atty. Salud na lumipat sa kabila and vice-versa. Kaya hindi pa rin natin masabi."

Chua, also the team manager of Red Bull, added the governors will leave little–or nothing–to chance in making their final decision.

The nine voting governors meet on Thursday to make their final choice, with a candidate needing at least six votes to earn the job of running the league’s day-to-day operations.

The Board was supposed to have arrived at a decision last Dec. 17 but failed to elect a commissioner despite three rounds of voting. When the voting was suspended, Salud had five votes and Ramos four.

To speed up the process on Thursday, the final groundwork will be laid down in a crucial meeting by the PBA Executive Committee this morning at the EDSA Shangrila. Making up the committee are Chua, vice-chairman Joaqui Trillo, treasurer Robert Non, and Interim Commissioner Sonny Barrios.

Barrios said other items are also in today’s agenda, but foremost to be tackled are the procedures to be adopted for Thursday.

Chua hinted it is most likely the election would be held through secret balloting, with a third party to be invited to tabulate the results.

"Kung secret balloting kasi hindi na magkakahiyaan while the outside party hindi makikilala ang mga signatures namin sa balota," he explained.

For his part, Barrios said he will also ask the ExeCom members if he could provide additional assistance for Thursday.

"Baka kasi may record or file silang kailangan for their final deliberations," he explained.

The matter of secret balloting, Barrios added, is totally up to the governors.

"It will depend on the chairman or any of the members, who only need to make a motion and be seconded for the process to be used," he said.

amdgc82
01-08-2008, 05:59 AM
http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/?page=sports3_jan7_2008
Monday, January 7, 2008

Baylon, Chua deny switch to Ramos
By Ronnie Nathanielsz

PHILIPPINE Basketball Association chairman Tony Chua has flatly denied a story attributed to sources within the board of governors that he, along with Coca-Cola’s representative, had switched from supporting lawyer Chito Salud to Lambert Ramos in the choice of a new commissioner to succeed Noli Eala.

“That story is not true. There is no such thing,” Chua told Viva Sports/Standard Today.

In fact, Chua, who nominated Salud for the commissionership, said the writer of the story never even called him to check the veracity of the rumor.

Baylon, who also supports Salud, said he sent a text message to the reporter, who filed the story based on unidentified sources and a supposed close confidant of one of the team governors. He asked him how he could possibly know, which way Coke would vote “unless I am your source.”

There is now a move initiated by Chua and former chairman Buddy Encarnado of Sta. Lucia Realty that when the board re-convenes on Thursday for voting to be by secret ballot, unlike the previous balloting which was open. In the two run-off ballotings, Salud received five votes which was just one short of the required six votes mandated by the PBA constitution and by-laws.

The impasse came about after Talk N Text representative and former chairman Ricky Vargas, who nominated Patrick Gregorio, who received only one vote in the first balloting, was eliminated and a run-off ensued between Salud and Ramos.

In both subsequent balloting, Vargas switched his vote to Ramos and not Salud, thereby creating a stalemate, which Chua hopes will be broken on Thursday.

amdgc82
01-08-2008, 06:24 AM
http://sports.inquirer.net/inquirersports/inquirersports/view_article.php?article_id=111017

Secret vote for PBA commish
By Musong R. Castillo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 03:18am (Mla time) 01/08/2008

MANILA, Philippines -- The Executive Committee of the Philippine Basketball Association will convene Tuesday morning to draft guidelines on how to break another possible deadlock when the board votes for its new commissioner on Thursday.

A possible tiebreaker is secret voting in case the open voting to decide who would make it between lawyer Chito Salud and self-made telecommunications executive Lambert Ramos ends up tied again.

“That is definitely a possibility,” Tony Chua, the Red Bull team manager and current board chair, told the Philippine Daily Inquirer over the phone of the secret voting. “We would like to come up with the guidelines because we already want a commissioner.”

Two rounds of voting were already held last Dec. 17, and both ended in a stalemate after Salud, son of former commissioner Rudy Salud, and Ramos, president of Next Mobile, fought to 5-4 standoffs.

Under the league’s constitution and by-laws, a candidate must be able to get at least a two-thirds’ vote, in this case, six because there are nine voting teams, to win the job.

Chua said that whatever happens in their meeting on Tuesday, the executive committee will not deviate from that age-old rule.

“I initially thought of the idea of whoever has the most number of votes should win,” Chua said. “But that is going against our constitution. In an issue as big as this one that would set a bad precedent for the league.”

amdgc82
01-09-2008, 06:47 AM
http://philstar.com/index.php?Sports&p=49&type=2&sec=30&aid=2008010865

Commish race headed for another impasse?
By Nelson Beltran
Wednesday, January 9, 2008

The selection process for the next PBA commissioner may stretch a little longer with the ball clubs apparently still very much divided on their choice two days before their next voting tomorrow at the PBA office in Libis, Quezon City.

PBA board chairman Tony Chua told The STAR the meeting might even be postponed with some members attending to more pressing concerns.

But a reliable source said there might really be no need to push through with the meeting since the board could still end up deadlock in their voting on who will take over from officer-in-charge Sonny Barrios.

The same source said no one from either side has yet to muster the needed six votes to get the mandate for either Atty. Chito Salud or Lambert Ramos.

It could mean Magnolia, Barangay Ginebra, Welcoat, Red Bull and Coca-Cola are sticking with Salud and Alaska Milk, Sta. Lucia, Talk n Text and Air21 with Ramos.

Chua called an executive board meeting yesterday to draft proposals on how to resolve the impasse tomorrow. He was even thinking of an amendment to the rules.

Apparently, nothing happened with the board chairman saying they discussed other matters instead.

A simple majority vote could break the standoff. But naturally, the Ramos group would not agree to it as they would automatically lose the fight.

The board has gone three rounds of balloting last December but failed to resolve the issue, except eliminating third candidate Patrick Gregorio from the race.

Meanwhile, Red Bull seeks a crack at the playoff crack for an outright quarterfinals seat as it takes on Coca-Cola at the resumption of the Smart PBA Philippine Cup at the Astrodome today.

The Bulls and the Tigers battle at 4:50 p.m. before the Air21 Express and the Welcoat Dragons meet in a non-bearing game at 7:20 p.m.

Though three full games up on Coca-Coca, Red Bull coach Yeng Guiao is wary of the Tigers who are playing with hardly any pressure at all, having settled for a place in the wildcard round.

With a 9-7 card, the Bulls need to sweep their last two games to also get a chance at an outright semis entry. The Bulls have moved down from second place to fourth after losing their last two games to the Alaska Aces and the Barangay Ginebra Kings.

The Tigers have also lost their last two games, scuttling their bid to salvage a slot in the Magic Five.

Coca-Cola and Air21 both have settled for places in the wildcard round while Welcoat has moved out of the race for the playoffs.

amdgc82
01-09-2008, 07:02 AM
http://www.journal.com.ph/index.php?issue=2008-01-09&sec=7&aid=45221

Choosing PBA commissioner may take longer *
January 09, 2008 07:05 PM Wednesday

From the looks of it, the PBA may not be able to choose its seventh commissioner by tomorrow.
* *
Requesting anonymity, a member of the executive committee to choose the league’s next commissioner yesterday hinted that the Board may not push through with its scheduled meeting tomorrow.
* *
He said that the executive meeting that was held yesterday and supposed to discus the rules that will take effect during the voting proper tomorrow did not materialize.
* *
The source said that ‘other things’ were discussed, but never really elaborated. However, an insider in the PBA said that the only thing in the agenda of the executive meeting was about the commissionership, and nothing else.
* *
“It’s possible,” said the source of the Board’s intention to reset the meeting for the second time. “No team appears to be changing sides.”
* *
From the time the Board first met last Dec. 17 up to yesterday, no one between Atty. Chito Salud and Lambert Ramos appear to have a lock on the top PBA post.
* *
The count stood at 5-4 when the Board first met last month, with Salud, the son of former PBA commissioner Rudy Salud, a vote away from following the footsteps of his father.

amdgc82
01-10-2008, 05:58 AM
http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/01102008/sports01.html
THU JANUARY 10, 2008

Board election for new commish reset to Jan. 17
By joel Orellana
Reporter
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THE much-anticipated announcement of a new commissioner of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) has been moved to January 17.

This is because league chairman Tony Chua has to leave for Hong Kong this morning to attend to a pressing matter.
And that means the league governors will have another week to ponder on the two remaining choices—lawyer Chito Salud or marketing man Lambert Ramos. Salud is said to be enjoying a slim 5-4 edge over his rival.

PBA officer in charge Sonny Barrios said the next full week would be the key to the impasse that has kept Filipino basketball fans waiting.

“Itong extra week na ito, may kutob ako na magkakasundo na ang board. Knowing them, they are talking [about] this matter very seriously and they know the importance of having a commissioner at this point in time,” Barrios told the BusinessMirror yesterday.

The executive committee met Tuesday night to find a solution to the almost monthlong standoff. The governors, however, opted to stick to their original votes.

In their December 17 meeting, the board failed to reach a consensus after three sets of voting. Salud reportedly got five votes from Magnolia, Ginebra, Coca-Cola, Red Bull and Welcoat while Ramos had the nod of Air21, Alaska, Talk ’N Text and Sta. Lucia.

The partition of votes stayed the same, according to multiple sources, although there were also conflicting reports that Ramos had the edge.

Still, regardless of who has the lead right now, Barrios said he is confident that a new commissioner will be named on January 17.

“Even the team owners are now involved in finding the solution kaya sa tingin ko wala nang stalemate next week,” said Barrios. “They are very much eager to end this standoff because they don’t want to [harden] the position.”

The board actually mulled amending the rules just to get over with the matter. One board member even suggested to throw in a new name if they still cannot break the standoff.

“It’s the prerogative of the board kung paano nila sosolusyunan ito. The board can change the commissioner anytime they want dahil wala namang fixed contract and commissioner,” Barrios explained.

The other possibility is to hire another officer in charge of the league as Barrios clearly stated that he’s not inclined to handle the league for another conference.

“Maganda talaga na kasama ko na ang new commissioner as we plan kung ano pang dapat gawin sa liga. Mahirap ’yung nabibitin at bibitawan mo na lang bigla sa bagong commissioner ang mga bagay-bagay like the issue on the new television coveror,” said Barrios.

amdgc82
01-10-2008, 06:05 AM
http://www.journal.com.ph/index.php?issue=2008-01-10&sec=7&aid=45347
January 10, 2008 07:34 PM Thursday

Ramos or Salud? We’ll still have to wait *
By: Zean Macamay*

THE PBA Board of Governors will have to wait for another week to decide who between Atty. Chito Salud and Lambert Ramos will be the next commissioner of the pro league.
* * *
PBA Chairman Tony Chua of Red Bull yesterday cancelled today’s Board meeting in favor of a ‘pressing business matter’ he has to attend to in Hong Kong.
* * *
The rest of the Board members, according to Barrios, were in no way upset about the sudden development. “The Board members were not disappointed of Mr. Chua’s decision, and said that ‘we’ll just wait for him,’” said Barrios.
* * *
The meeting has been reset to Jan. 17, a Thursday.
* * *
Chua’s decision to cancel the Board meeting held to choose the league’s seventh commissioner came a day after the Board convened to resolve the deadlock it had last month.
* * *
“Mr. Chua informed me that he would have to cancel the meeting because of an important business meeting tomorrow,” said Barrios. “His meeting with his business partners is in conflict with the Board meeting.”

The postponement gave the Board members more time to evaluate their choices, which according to a reliable source, still remains at 5-4.
* *
Salud and Ramos are locked in a tight contest for the commissionership. The Board has been torn between these two, incapable of reaching a decision because of their opposite presentations when they first presented their programs last month.
* *
Salud, son of former commissioner Rudy Salud, said he would try to improve the game itself* by raising the level of officiating.
* *
Ramos, a corporate and marketing veteran, maintained that he would see to it that the fans are taken care of.
* *
Chua’s move to reset the meeting now has raised speculations that today’s supposed meeting will end up in another impasse, with no team from each side willing to move to the other.
* *
But a report that came out last week said that Ramos already has a lock on the position after two teams �" Red Bull and Coca-Cola �" allegedly made the shift.
* *
Chua and JB Baylon, the Tigers’ Board representative, denied the allegations.* *

amdgc82
01-10-2008, 06:14 AM
http://www.malaya.com.ph/jan10/spor5.htm
THURSDAY |JANUARY 10, 2008

PBA board postpones meeting

THOSE waiting with bated breath while anticipating the news of who would become the pro league’s next commissioner may turn blue. But it should be worth the wait.

According to Interim Commissioner Sonny Barrios, today’s scheduled board meeting was postponed due to a request by Chairman Tony Chua but added he believes the league governors will reach a decision when they convene Thursday next week.

The postponement sparked speculations the Board will end up in another impasse, but Barrios promptly squelched such thoughts.

"Palagay ko magkaka-ayos na sila by Thursday (next week)," said Barrios yesterday, basing his belief on the knowledge talks have been ongoing among the teams’ high-ranking officials.

"From what I understand, there are consultations going on among owners and the principals of governors. Kaya palagay ko magkaka-ayusan na sila," he said.

The Board was supposed to have chosen between lawyer Chito Salud and businessman Lambert Ramos as early as last Dec. 17, but failed to arrive at a decision despite three rounds of voting.

A candidate needs six votes among the nine voting governors to become the league’s seventh commissioner, but Salud got only five votes and Ramos four.

Barrios, who will retire after the Philippine Cup, denied any knowledge on who is the governors’ most likely choice but pointed out any of the two will be a good choice.

"To get this far, ibig sabihin puwede kahit sino sa kanilang dalawa," he stated, adding he foresees no impasse by the time the governors convene anew at the league’s office in Libis, Quezon City.

"Paliwanagan na sila. Kung meron mang stalemate pa sa board level palagay ko sa higher level wala na," he stated.

Chua begged off from today’s scheduled meeting, citing a pressing business engagement in Hong Kong. The other governors had to acquiesce.

"He wanted to be personally present in the meeting," Barrios explained. "In fact, he wanted the rest of the board to meet and tackle other matters, but the other governors said next week na lang daw. But for sure ang seventh commissioner ang top sa agenda." (Noli Cortez)

amdgc82
01-10-2008, 06:19 AM
http://www.mb.com.ph/SPRT20080110113995.html
Thursday, January 10, 2008

PBA resets board meet
New commissioner to be named Jan. 17

The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) has decided to reset its board meeting on Jan. 17, leaving the appointment of the new PBA commissioner still hanging.

PBA officer-in-charge Renauld "Sonny" Barrios yesterday announced that the postponement was decided upon the request of board chairman Tony Chua of Red Bull who had to leave today for Hong Kong on a pressing business matter.

"Kasi gusto n’ya (Chua) talaga personal nandito s’ya. I’m sure the chairman postponed it because he has no other choice," Barrios said.

The PBA board was supposed to meet today to appoint the new commissioner, choosing between lawyer Chito Salud and telecommunications executive Lambert Ramos.

Salud, son of former league commissioner Rudy Salud, and Ramos, currently president of Nextel Telecommunications, need the required three-fourths votes or six of the nine voting members.

The person who will be named as commissioner will join an elite group that guided the PBA in the past. Aside from Salud, they are Leo Prieto, Mariano Yenko, Rey Marquez, Jun Bernardino and Noli Eala.

"Palagay ko magkakaayos na by (January) 17," Barrios said.

"As far as I can read the board, they will come to terms next week. Kung meron mang stalemate sa board level, from what I understand there is already consultation going-on with the team owners and the principles of the governors," he said.

A board member, who asked not to be named, was disappointed with the postponement, saying: "One week before sinabi na sana na ‘di tuloy. The point is tapos na sana ito."

During its Dec. 17 meeting, the board interviewed and listened to the proposals of the candidates that also included Patrick Gregorio, currently executive director of Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP).

In the first round of voting, however, Gregorio only got a single vote, promptly eliminating him Salud got five and Ramos had three votes.

Another round of voting had Salud garnering the same number of votes, reportedly from Barangay Ginebra, Magnolia Beverage, Red Bull, Coca-Cola and Welcoat Paints.

Ramos, on the other hand, got four votes with Talk ‘N Text joining Air21, Alaska and Sta. Lucia Realty.

Talk N Text was believed to have cast its vote for Gregorio in the first round.

Another attempt was made to break the stalemate, but the third round voting ended with the same result, 5-4.

The days leading to the PBA board meeting were devoted to lobbying among board members.

Sources close to the board revealed that Ramos had gotten the support of six board members, including Red Bull and Coca-Cola, teams that earlier backed Salud.

Coca-Cola, however, was quick to react, saying it has not revealed its choice to anybody.

"I don’t want to discuss Coke’s vote because we aren’t supposed to. No one has spoken to me about how Coke will vote and I haven’t spoken to anyone. That’s why I was just surprised. Especially since someone was trying to speak for Coke," Coke governor JB Baylon said.

Chua, on the other hand, denied that Red Bull will switch vote.

San Miguel Corporation (SMC) has three teams in the PBA, but only Ginebra and Magnolia can participate in the voting procedure. Purefoods is a non-voting member of the board.

When he was named OIC, Barrios only agreed to a one-conference deal and will step down end of February and hand the reigns to the new commissioner. (WAYLON GALVEZ)

amdgc82
01-10-2008, 07:05 AM
http://www.tribune.net.ph/sports/20080110spo3.html

New PBA chief to wait a week more
By Arman Carandang
01/10/2008

The Philippine Basketball Association’s (PBA) board of governors will have to wait a week more before it could decide between lawyer Chito Salud and businessman Lambert Ramos as its choice for permanent league commissioner.

The board is supposed to name the next commissioner today during its board meeting, but league OIC Sonny Barrios said league chairman Tony Chua of Red Bull had to cancel said meeting due to a “pressing business matter” he has to attend to in Hong Kong.

“Mr. Chua informed me that he would have to cancel the meeting because of an important business meeting tomorrow,” said Barrios during halftime of Red Bull-Coca Cola game at the Astrodome.

It marked the second time the league had postponed the announcement of its seventh commissioner following the ouster of Noli Eala last year. The league was set to announce its decision last Dec. 17 but failed to carry out after the board came to a deadlock.

The meeting has been reset to Jan. 17, a Thursday.

The postponement of the board meeting now gives more time for the board members to evaluate their choices, which according to a reliable source, still remains at 5-4.

Meanwhile, Red Bull got back at Coca-Cola with a vengeance, scoring a 116-99 victory that kept its flickering hope for an outright semis berth alive in the Smart PBA Philippine Cup at the Astrodome.

The Bulls, led by Mic Pennisi, who scored 29 points, flexed their muscles just enough to match whatever the Red Dragons could offer per quarter as they avenged their 92-98 loss to Coke last Dec. 5, while notching their 10th victory in 17 outings in a tie with idle Alaska Milk at third place.

The Red Dragons tumbled to their 11th setback in 17 games.

Red Bull caught fire at once with its well-oiled offensive thrust in full display, racing to an early 17-point lead.

gameface_one
01-10-2008, 08:09 AM
New commish issue reaches team owners
By Nelson Beltran
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Philstar.com

It may take higher-level talks – or discussion among no less than team owners – to settle the choice for the next PBA commissioner with the matter hanging in the balance in the board level.

PBA officer-in-charge Sonny Barrios expressed confidence the search for the league’s seventh commissioner will be over by next week with consultations among team owners on-going.

But apparently with still no solution in sight, the board had to postpone its scheduled meeting this morning at the PBA office. The meeting has been moved to next Thursday in the same venue.

Barrios said some board members are attending more pressing matters. “As far as I can read it, the board would come to terms by next week. If there’s a stalemate in the board level, I’m sure it would be resolved with consultations with team owners,” said Barrios.

Sources said the ball clubs were still very much divided on their choice on the eve of what supposed to be a fourth round of balloting.

Apparently, Magnolia, Barangay Ginebra, Welcoat, Red Bull and Coca-Cola are sticking it out with Atty. Chito Salud while Alaska Milk, Sta. Lucia, Talk n Text and Air21 with Lambert Ramos.

The candidate needs to muster at least six votes from the nine voting ball clubs to get the mandate as the man to take over from Barrios.

Board chairman Tony Chua called an executive board meeting Tuesday supposedly to draft proposals on how to resolve the impasse. Apparently, nothing happened with Chua later saying they discussed other matters instead.

gameface_one
01-14-2008, 07:24 AM
Sonny B ready to hand over rein



By TITO TALAO
mb.com.ph


FOUR MONTHS into his half-year "tour of duty," and with the holidays over and two dates to name the new league commissioner reset, Sonny Barrios looks back at his "few contributions," and ahead to the dwindling time he has left to add to his "legacy" as Officer-in-Charge of the Philippine Basketball Association.


Aware that the league’s seventh commissioner is just around the corner, Barrios, for 18 years the PBA executive director, is putting everything in order as swiftly as he can, building bridges from the Office of the Commissioner to every point conceivable – the team owners, the governors, coaches and players, the referees, media, marketing people and potential advertisers.

He sums it all up, while the clock ticks, in this Q&A:

Four months into the caretaker job, are you happy with what you’ve accomplished?

I am. Upon assumption of office, I conducted a review of the overall landscape. I also paid courtesy calls to the team owners to get their views. My 18 years of experience was a big plus because there was no longer the need to grope around. Another huge help was the hot welcome I received – from team owners, governors, coaches and players, even from those I will be working with for the first time. It was very heartwarming.

Specifically, what was on top of the priority list handed you by the Board of Governors?

The immediate adoption of FIBA rules. This was the dictate of the executive committee (Red Bull’s Tony Chua, Alaska’s Joaqui Trillo, Ginebra’s Robert Non) in my first meeting with them on my third day in the office.

What about officiating?

Among the other things we needed to pay immediate attention to, it was agreed on, was the product – the games. And crucial to this was the role officiating played in the scheme of things. A plan of action was drawn up by (legal consultant) Chito Salud, (technical committee chief) Perry Martinez and I to lift the standard and quality of officiating, starting with a physical conditioning program for the referees and the return of Romy Guevarra (the former supervisor of officials) to preside over the classroom part of the program.

But the howl over officiating seems louder than ever, don’t you think?

True, we got off to a shaky start as far as the implementation of the new rules and the tweaking of the officiating philosophy were concerned. There were complaints and harsh criticisms. There was even one protest filed by Alaska where I had to admit to coach Tim Cone that indeed "we dropped the ball" in the endgame. But I believe the teams are aware that we are working hard and are not sitting on our hands. I wrote a letter to the PBA family right after the holidays asking for their continued cooperation in the spirit of teamwork, for which we got positive feedback. While there may be progress since the start, we know there is still a lot of work to be done and we are prepared to meet the challenge. And even up to now, I’ve never stopped pointing out in no uncertain terms to the referees that it is crucial that we are not only fair and competent but must be "perceived" fair and competent by all.

Is the Commissioner’s Office ready for the new man?

We’re ready to turn over to the incoming commissioner the programs we have in place, particularly those relating to the product – the games, emphasizing again its importance. We’re prepared to discuss with him other issues and concerns related fields like marketing, finance and administration. We also have an outline for a 3-year road map for the PBA which the new commissioner may want to consider together with his own plans and programs.

Are you then ready to offer some advice to the incoming commissioner?

One thing I will surely point out is this: No one will raise a voice in case he falls short of sales and marketing targets. But he can expect to hear nasty remarks and stinging complaints once a ball club perceives it is getting the short end of the calls. The technical aspect of the game is one area that will be dangerous for the commissioner to delegate, and certainly this cannot be outsourced like other management disciplines such as accounting or advertising and the like.

Do you see the commissioner finally getting named by Jan. 17?

Yes. The governors are working hard to achieve this and are in consultations with their principals. Everyone knows what is at stake and is cognizant that the sooner we resolve this, the better for the league so we can move forward with vigor.

But what if this 5-4 impasse in the Board continues?

Perish the thought.

This has often been asked – Are the Golden Days of the PBA over?

You mean, "Is the bloom off the rose?" as far as the league’s popularity is concerned? Definitely not! The PBA remains super-strong. As a brand, almost 90% of the total population is aware of what the league is all about. For 33 straight years, it is head and shoulders above any sports activity in the country, with thousands of fans paying their way every game day, three times a week for more than nine months every year. It certainly has withstood the test of time. Its competitor, you see, is not any other sports tournament but its own glorious past when other forms of entertainment were limited to movies and bars. Now the PBA has to contend with what we call its "expanded" competition in terms of Cable TV, the Internet, video games, shopping malls, cell phones/ texting and the like. That’s why there is truly a need to further strengthen the product – make the games more appealing and exciting to the fans. And this is what the Board and Commissioner’s Office have been doing together these past few months.

One last question: Where will Sonny Barrios be, say, two months from now when his PBA tour of duty ends?

I will most likely be in Sacramento working in our Care Home. I also expect to spend more time with my family, especially my unmarried children. Family comes first always.

amdgc82
01-16-2008, 06:40 AM
PBA board still in two minds over commish
By Musong R. Castillo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 04:43:00 01/16/2008

MANILA, Philippines -- Members of the Philippine Basketball Association’s board of governors remained divided Tuesday over their choices for the league’s new commissioner, a day before they convene to vote for the third time on Thursday.

Another stalemate could ensue at the league’s offices on Thursday as the unofficial count neither gives lawyer Chito Salud nor telecommunications executive Lambert Ramos the clinching sixth vote.

Both parties battled to 5-4 counts in two rounds of voting on Dec. 17.

The board later postponed the third, originally scheduled Thursday last week, citing the absence of PBA chair Tony Chua of Red Bull.

Chua said he needed to fly to Hong Kong to attend to a pressing personal matter, but sources within the board said that the chair decided to leave due to the continued divisiveness among its members.

The members the Philippine Daily Inquirer reached Tuesday remained adamant in supporting their candidates in the third round of balloting.

Salud, the same sources said, was the one who got the five votes and Ramos four.

But all those who pushed for their respective candidates in the first two rounds have not shown any interest in “crossing the line.”

Before the board meets, members will discuss the possible guidelines which could be implemented to break another tie. Another league source said one of the proposals is the holding of the votes in secret.

amdgc82
01-17-2008, 12:20 AM
http://www.journal.com.ph/index.php?issue=2008-01-17&sec=7&aid=46239

January 17, 2008 08:31 PM Thursday*
New PBA commissioner known today? *
By: Zean Macamay*

THE PBA Board of Governors convenes again today to choose the seventh league commissioner at the PBA Office in Libis, Quezon City.
* *
Chairman Tony Chua of Red Bull presides over the 10 a.m.meeting, confident that the Board can finally decide who between Chito Salud and Lambert Ramos will take over the helm left vacant by Noli Eala.
* *
“I am confident naman na by tomorrow, there will already be a new commissioner,” said Chua. “But as far as the approach is concerned, or how the Board will do it, I still cannot tell.”
* * *
But before the Board officially votes, the manner on how the voting process will go--by secret ballotting or simple open voting--will be thoroughly discussed.
* * *
Six votes out of nine are required for a commissioner to make it. In the first meeting, the Board failed to choose one after voting ended in a 5-4 stalemate.
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A second meeting that was set Thursday last week was re-scheduled after Chua requested for a postponement because of business deals he had to attend to in Hong Kong.
* * *
A reliable source who requested not to be named, however, said that if ever another impasse occurs, the possibility of Salud and Ramos taking turns as commissioner for at least one season before the Board decides with finality might be proposed.
* * *
“Kung talagang hindi pa rin magkasundo bukas, I think it is possible that we should give them (Salud and Ramos) both the chance to prove themselves,” said the source.
* * *
The same source added that another proposal -- one that will allow a simple majority to win -- might just be discussed for the deadlock to be broken.
* * *
These ideas surfaced after whispers floated yesterday that the Board still remains split over the commissionership, with supporters of both camps not backing down from their previous choices.
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Salud, the son of former league commissioner Rudy Salud, reportedly is the one leading in the race. Ramos, for his part, allegedly has the votes of Air21 because of his son being the president of Mail & More, a sister firm of the Express, and Alaska, the company he works for before.
* * *
Also to be discussed in the Board’s first official meeting for the year is the league’s coveror.
* * *
Chua said that there are at least four groups already interested in unseating ABC-5 as the official carrier of PBA games. He said that the country’s two giant TV networks -- GMA-7 and ABS-CBN -- Solar Sports and a group owned by Bobong Velez are the ones leading the race.
* * *
The contract of ABC-5, which has been the PBA’s official coveror since 2003, expires next conference.

amdgc82
01-17-2008, 12:28 AM
Chua bats for majority pick as commish
Philippine Star
Thursday, January 17, 2008

PBA board chairman Tony Chua hopes* “compromise agreement” will do if the board remains deadlock in their choice for the next league commissioner after the fourth round of balloting today.

“I don’t see anyone changing their vote with the result likely to remain 5-4. In that case, I will call a recess and make an appeal to my fellow governors if we could resolve the impasse on a compromise agreement,” Chua told The STAR.

Chua’s idea is to call on the minority to give in to the majority, letting their choice to sit as commissioner for a fixed term of only one or two seasons.

“I would make the appeal for the good of the league. It would let us move on. Otherwise, we’ll never be able to break this deadlock,” said Chua.

“For all we know, the majority’s choice could really be a big asset for the league. If not, the board can replace him with another search after one or two seasons,” Chua added.

If the teams stick with their vote and accepts the compromise agreement offered by Chua, then Atty. Chito Salud could get the mandate after the board meeting today at the PBA office in Libis, Quezon City.

Sources said Red Bull, Magnolia, Barangay Ginebra, Welcoat and Coca-Cola were for Salud while Alaska, Sta. Lucia, Air21 and Talk n Text were for Lambert Ramos as they ended up in a deadlock after three ballotings last month.

Under the league rules, a candidate must muster a two-thirds vote from the nine voting members to get the mandate. The magic number is six.

Officer-in-charge Sonny Barrios is hoping the board resolves the issue soon, saying he’s available to do the job only up to the end of the ongoing Philippine Cup. – Nelson Beltran

amdgc82
01-17-2008, 12:46 AM
http://www.malaya.com.ph/jan17/spor5.htm
THURSDAY |JANUARY 17, 2008

Salud next PBA commissioner?

THE PBA will have a new commissioner, even if league governors fail to make a choice between lawyer Chito Salud and businessman Lambert Ramos today.

A very reliable source yesterday told Malaya a compromise agreement is being broached among the board members to settle the commissionership issue that has divided them since last month.

The nine voting governors convene at 10 a.m. at the PBA Office in Libis, Quezon City, confident of breaking the stalemate.

"They might agree among themselves to go for a simple majority should another impasse take place," said the source that is privy to the negotiations among the governors and even the team owners.

"Under the agreement being broached, a candidate who garners five votes will be allowed to serve in an interim capacity," the source explained. "If the Board is satisfied with his performance, then he will be allowed to stay on. If not, the other candidate takes over."

If the compromise agreement is approved by the governors and the teams stick to their original choices, the post is likely to fall on Salud’s lap.

The Board was supposed to have chosen between Salud and Ramos as early as last Dec. 17, but failed to arrive at a decision despite three rounds of voting. A candidate needs six votes to replace the resigned Noli Eala, but Salud only got the nod of Magnolia, Ginebra, Purefoods, Red Bull and Coca-Cola. Ramos was chosen by Alaska, Talk N Text, Sta. Lucia and Air21.

The source related the five who voted for Salud remain as one.

The chosen one’s initial tenure can last anywhere from two to three conferences, the source added, since a conference may be too short to determine his capability to handle all the intricacies of running the league’s day-to-day and marketing operations.

League chairman Tony Chua admitted hearing of the compromise idea, but pointed out it could not even come to that.

"I’m confident the issue will be settled," Chua said in an interview. "But as to the matter of what kind of approach or solution, hindi ko pa alam."

According to PBA Interim Commissioner Sonny Barrios, informal talks have been going on among the team owners and principals since Dec. 17, but Chua pointed out the governors know best what’s good for the league.

"Nakikita kasi namin what’s really happening in the league, kaya it’s best that we should be the ones who decide," Chua, also the Red Bull team manager said.

Aside from the commissionership, also high on the agenda of today’s meeting are the questions of who will broadcast the PBA games abroad and the next television partner.

ABC-5’s contract expires after the current season and Chua related there are at least seven parties that have expressed interest in broadcasting the games in the coming years. (Noli Cortez)

amdgc82
01-17-2008, 06:13 AM
http://www.mb.com.ph/SPRT20080117114632.html
Thursday, January 17, 2008

PBA chief picked today

The PBA Board will meet today to select its seventh commissioner, and it will either be lawyer Chito Salud or telecommunications executive Lambert Ramos.

Board chairman Tony Chua of Red Bull said that the meeting will push through to end the impasse after the first voting ended in a stalemate and the second one called off following Chua’s request as he had to attend to a business meeting in Hong Kong.

"Tuluy na tuloy na ito," Chua told the Bulletin. "There’s no reason why we shouldn’t push through with it."

The meeting is set at 10 a.m. at the PBA Office in Libis, Quezon City.

Chua also expressed confidence that the board will have a final decision on the commissionership as the board will vote between Salud and Ramos.

Although Chua did not mention what action the board would take, he said that there are ways to end the impasse.

"I don’t know what ways to take, but I know we can end this issue," Chua said, who also chairs the selection committee that set guidelines in choosing and what the league needs as commissioner.

Salud, son of former league commissioner Rudy Salud, and Ramos, currently president of Nextel Telecommunications, needs three fourths votes or six of the nine voting members of the board.

The other previous six commissioners,aside from Salud, are Leo Prieto, Mariano Yenko, Rey Marquez, Jun Bernardino and Noli Eala.

In the first meeting, the board reportedly picked between Salud, Ramos and Patrick Gregorio, currently executive director of Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) in the first round.

Sources said that Gregorio only got a single vote from Talk ‘N Text that eliminated him in the race, while Salud had five and Ramos three.

The board had another round of voting and the teams that voted for Salud in the first round – Barangay Ginebra, Magnolia Beverage, Red Bull, Coca-Cola and Welcoat Paints – backed him up anew in the second.

Ramos, on the other hand, got four votes with Talk ‘N Text joining Air21, Alaska and Sta. Lucia Realty. Another attempt was made to break the stalemate, but the third round voting ended with the same result, 5-4.

Since then, sources within the league said that the two factions of the board were busy negotiating to "switch" vote or votes for either Salud or Ramos to get the required numbers.

Sources even revealed that Red Bull and Coke will "switch" to Ramos, giving him the winning six votes.

"I think that’s what will happen," said one source.

However, JB Baylon, the team governor of Coca-Cola, neither confirmed nor denied the report, saying: "I don’t want to discuss Coke’s vote because we aren’t supposed to." — Waylon GALVEZ

gameface_one
01-17-2008, 06:32 PM
Sonny Barios named new PBA commish
abs-cbnnews.com


The Philippine Basketball Association now has an official commissioner after the league’s board chose officer-in-charge Sonny Barios to take over.

The board decided to award the position to Barios after the final two candidates for the post, Chito Salud and Lambert Santos, failed to get enough votes.

Barios, who was the league’s executive director before turning OIC, will hold the post until 2009.

The search for a new PBA commissioner started after Noli Eala, who served for four years as top honcho of Asia’s first professional cage league, resigned in August last year.

amdgc82
01-17-2008, 08:58 PM
http://www.pba.ph/content/view/1953/59/

BARRIOS NAMED PERMANENT COMMISSIONER*
Board still undecided on Salud, Ramos
Thursday, 17 January 2008*

Who said the PBA is devoid of drama?

In an unexpected twist, officer-in-charge Renauld "Sonny" Barrios was named permanent PBA commissioner with the PBA Board of Governors unable to break the deadlock on its choice for the job between Atty. Chito Salud and Lambert Ramos.

After their two-and-a-half-hour meeting, Board chairman Tony Chua said the body has decided to appoint Barrios as full-time commissioner while shelving their search for the next commissioner until after they probably have turned the PBA from an association into a corporation.

The Executive Committee that included vice chairman Joaqui Trillo and treasurer Robert Non met the press and announced they came up with a decision without going through a vote.

Chua said they instead named Barrios as the commissioner up to the end of the season in July to keep harmony in the Board.

Thus, suddenly put on the spot was Barrios.

The league officer-in-charge, however, didn’t accept the job right away, saying he has his plans and he has to consult first his family, mentors and close friends.

"The truth is I’ve been placed on a spot. It’s a big honor to be named commissioner but I was really prepared to move forward," said Barrios.

"I’m placed in a difficult situation since I have already sacrificed the family project for the PBA. All my actions and thoughts were to move ahead after this conference. Now again I have this concern about the league," added Barrios. "If I can’t make myself available, I have to come up with an option that will be good for the league. If I can’t come up, I have to make myself available. That’s the tough part."

But Barrios said it’s a big honor being considered the unifying factor of the Board deeply divided on the Salud-Ramos issue.

"I just hope I can meet the Board’s expectation if I accept the position," said Barrios, now on the verge of becoming the league’s seventh commissioner after Leo Prieto, Mariano Yenko, Rudy Salud, Rey Marquez, Jun Bernardino and Noli Eala.

Barrios, who’s turning 60 on March 4, has served the league for nearly two decades from being an assistant executive director, finance officer, executive director and officer in charge.

The Board said they would resume their search for the next commissioner after completing the league’s shift from an association to a corporation.

"It would all depend on the new structure of the league. Once we become a corporation, we may need a chief executive officer and a chief operating officer. In the end, we may tap both men (Salud and Ramos) if they’re interested in the job," said Chua.

Sources said several options and suggestions were raised during the meeting but none was agreed upon except naming Barrios as permanent commissioner at the moment. (NC)

amdgc82
01-18-2008, 06:11 AM
http://www.journal.com.ph/index.php?issue=2008-01-18&sec=7&aid=46325
January 18, 2008 07:26 PM Friday*

Sonny staying put *
By: Zean Macamay*

AT LONG last, the PBA has a new commissioner. But the man who will head the league for the remainder of the season isn’t Lambert Ramos or Atty. Chito Salud, but someone who’s been there for so long.
* * *
In a decision that defied its own rules, the PBA Board yesterday elevated officer-in-charge Renauld ‘Sonny’ Barrios to full-time commissioner, ‘the best solution’ it said it could come up with after the divided stance on Ramos and Salud couldn’t be resolved again.
* * *
Chairman Tony Chua of Red Bull said the decision to name Barrios was unanimous, extending the term of the 59-year-old until late July or early August or until such* time when the Board decides to make the league into a corporation.
* * *
“Right now, I have mixed emotions,” said Barrios during the mini press conference. “I am honored to be chosen permanent commissioner, but also I have been put into a difficult position because I was already prepared to move on, having made plans regarding my personal life.
* * *
“But I also think that I cannot abandon the league at this point, and I see myself as the unifying factor.”
* * *
Barrios being promoted as the seventh commissioner comes in dire contrast why he was named OIC last October. He was chosen by the Board then headed by Ricky Vargas of Talk ‘N Text because he has no ambition of becoming commissioner, accepting the job merely to give something back to the league he served for 18 years.
* * *
Now that he has the chance to lead the league officially, Barrios is torn between his family and his second family, the PBA.
* * *
Barrios was given by the Board until over the weekend to sort things out fully well and weigh his options, and Barrios said that he would consult the matter with his family and close friends. His wife Becky is due to arrive late this month from the U.S.
* * *
Barrios, who will turn 60 on March 4, has apparently made plans already for his departure from the league when his contract as OIC expires at the end of February. Among the things he would like to concentrate on is his business in Sacramento.
* * *
At this point, though, it seems that Barrios has no other choice but to accept the job.
* * *
For the second time, the Board failed to settle the impasse between Ramos and Salud. A Board member who refused to be named said that the group went through three rounds of secret balloting voting, and it all ended up with the same result (5-4) in favor of Ramos.
* * *
PBA rules dictate that for a commissioner to be named, he must claim two-thirds of the nine voting members, or six.
* * *
If ever Barrios formally accepts the job, he would serve until the end of the season or such a time when the Board decides to move from an association into a corporation, a transition now under way.
* * *
Chua said that the PBA has already hired the services of Sycip, Gorres & Velayo, the prestigious accounting and auditing firm, over the viability of the PBA becoming a corporation.
* * *
Chua, however, did not defer the idea of Barrios prolonging his commissionership stint after the season.
* * *
“If he is willing to continue, and if ever his performance is impressive, then Mr. Barrios can stay,” said Chua.
* *
Salud cannot be reached for comment while Ramos is out of the country.
* * *
Barrios, a management degree holder at Ateneo, has served the league prior to becoming OIC for 18 years, reaching the position of executive director under the late Jun Bernardino.
* * *
He became deputy commissioner when Bernardino took a leave for health reasons, but saw his bid to become commissioner in 2002 vanish when the Board bypassed him and instead went for a young and dynamic leader in Noli Eala.
* * *
Last year, he beat frontrunning contender Freddie Webb for the OIC post when Eala was forced to resign because of morality issues.
* * *
The league’s past commissioners were Leo Prieto, Mariano Yenko, Rudy Salud, Rey Marquez, Bernardino and Eala.

amdgc82
01-18-2008, 06:14 AM
http://www.sunstar.com.ph/static/ceb/2008/01/18/sports/barrios.elected.as.pba.commissioner.html
Friday, January 18, 2008

Barrios elected as PBA Commissioner
By Frank C. Calapre
Sun.Star Staff Reporter

MANILA Instead of choosing between two contending nominees, the Philippine Basketball Association board of governors yesterday unanimously elected OIC Renauld “Sonny” Barrios as the seventh commissioner of Asia’s first professional basketball league.

Board Chairman Tony Chua said that the decision to ask the veteran Barrios to stay as commissioner, replacing the resigned Noli Eala, was agreed upon by all the nine members of the board.

Chua said that Barrios, who will be turning 60 years old on March 4, will remain as commissioner so long as he likes to serve until after the end of the season.

“Sonny Barrios is the seventh commissioner until the end of the season and it was a unanimous decision by all the members of the board,” said Chua after the meeting, which was set supposedly to choose between Chito Salud and Nextel executive Lambert Ramos.

Failure

A reliable source said that for the second time, the board failed to come up with the six votes needed to elect either Ramos or Salud, prompting them to decide to finally choose Barrios instead.

However, Barrios said that he asked the board to give him time to decide within the week because he needs to consult his family regarding PBA’s offer.

“I asked the board for more time. It’s not that I don’t want to because it is a great honor to be chosen as commissioner, but I have to check on my availability because I also have plans made ahead,” said Barrios, a business management graduate of Ateneo de Manila University.

Choice

Chua also explained that the board avoided choosing between Ramos or Salud because of their plans to transform the league from a mere association into a corporation next year.

Chua added that the plan is already under study and once they decide for the changes, then there will practically be a different set-up if converted into a corporation.

“That’s why we preferred to have Barrios instead because he has long been with the league,” said executive committee member Joaqui Trillo of Alaska.

Barrios served as executive of Smith Bell and Company as well as Mantrade before joining the PBA in 1984 as assistant to the then executive-director Jun Bernardino.

“If my family agrees, I just hope I can meet the expectations of the board,” said Barrios, who was appointed officer-in-charge last August.

Meanwhile, competitions in the PBA continue today at the Cuneta Astrodome.

Talk ‘N Text Phone Pals take on Coca-Cola Tigers in the 4:30 p.m. curtain raiser, while the Ginebra Gin Kings and Air21 square off in the 7:20 main offering. (FCC)

amdgc82
01-18-2008, 06:22 AM
http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/0118&192008/sports01.html

It all boils down to Sonny Barrios
By Joel Orellana
Reporter
*
THE so-called “Bagong Luma” is staying, not in a caretaker capacity but as the seventh commissioner of the 33-year-old Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

This, after not a single soul in the nine-member board of governors would change his vote in the duel between lawyer Chito Salud and marketing man Lambert Ramos. The vote stood at 5-4, with Salud enjoying the edge which was not enough to muster a “majority” in the board.

And the result? Renauld “Sonny” Barrios would be staying—against his will after he has announced he would retire in the US after he has completed his stint as officer-in-charge at end of February—as commissioner of Asia’s first professional basketball league.

League chairman Tony Chua of Red Bull made the announcement right after the board met yesterday at the PBA offices in Libis, Quezon City.

“We all knew that it [making Barrios as permanent commissioner] is the unifying factor and the best solution for the league,” Magnolia’s Robert Non said after the close to three-hour meeting.

“Mr. Barrios already knows the ins and outs of the league. The board wants to have continuity and we’re unanimous with this decision,” said Trillo.

The board no longer voted on the choice of Barrios, who will turn 60 on March 4.

Chua, Trillo and Non spoke in the press conference with enthusiasm, obviously for coming out with a decision that did not hurt any of the board members.

[b]Surprised and put on the spot

“HONESTLY, I’m really surprised. I’ve been placed on the spot. I was really prepared to move on,” said Barrios, hardly showing any sign of contentment on his promotion.

“But I asked the board to give more time to think about it because I have my personal plans set already. I need to consult my wife and my daughters. Not that I don’t like it, but it’s the availability,” added Barrios, who operates a caregiver company in the US.* *

But Chua “imposed” his position as chairman.

“Tell your family just to come here,” Chua said, soliciting a smile from Barrios, who has been involved in the league for 18 long years. He was a candidate for commissioner when the late Jun Bernardino retired in 2002. He was beaten by Noli Eala.

Barrios is a Management graduate at Ateneo and a teammate of Bernardino of the school’s the midget team.

And it looked like he leaned toward accepting the decision regardless of what his wife’s reaction would be.

“If I say no, I feel like I abandoned the league and I would feel like I’m not comfortable. I cannot question the wisdom of their decision,” Barrios said. “I’m prepared to accept it at this moment.”

Barrios is now officially the seventh commissioner of the league after founding head Leo Prieto (1975-1983), Mariano Yenko (1983-87), Salud (1988-1992, Rey Marquez (1992-93), Bernardino (1993-2002) and Noli Eala (2003-07).

He started his career in the PBA as assistant to then executive director Bernardino in November 1984.

PBA a corporation?

CHUA clarified that Salud and Ramos remain in the league’s equation especially that the board wants to give the PBA a corporate identity soon.

“If all the governors voted on it, then we’ll have a clear picture on what to do next because being a corporation, it has a different structure compared to an association,” said Chua.

The board tapped the SyCip Gorres Velayo & Co. to start work on transforming the PBA to a corporation. Chua said they are expecting the group’s recommendation anytime soon.

Salud, son of former PBA commissioner Rudy, appeared favored to become the league’s chief operating officer (COO) in case it becomes a corporation. Ramos, a dynamo in marketing world, could be the president.

“We’re still considering them if they are still interested,” said Chua. “Pero depende pa rin ’yan sa magiging outcome ng ginagawang study. If making the PBA a corporation will do good to the league, then we’ll go with it.”

Barrios stressed Salud and Ramos will still be part of the league.* * * * * *

“Are we leaving the two gentlemen hanging? We’re not because they are always free to do what they want to do in the scheme of things. We’ll know soon enough what their plans are,” said Barrios.

Chua gave a warning though.

“If our present commissioner is willing to continue [as commissioner] or he’ll [have] a lousy performance, then we’ll look for our eighth commissioner [at the end of the year],” said Chua.

Barrios countered and stressed he only intends to stay as commissioner only until July or August this year, when the current 33rd season ends.

amdgc82
01-18-2008, 06:26 AM
http://www.malaya.com.ph/jan18/spor1.htm
FRIDAY |JANUARY 18, 2008

Barrios named new commissioner
A month after, PBA Board still fails
to choose between Salud, Ramos
BY NOLI CORTEZ

EITHER Noli Eala set standards so high in his four-year stint as commissioner of the pro league or there’s really a dearth of talent around.

Instead of coming up with a replacement for the resigned Eala yesterday, the PBA Board designated Sonny Barrios, named as interim commissioner last year, to serve as the league’s seventh commissioner until at least the season’s tournament-ending Fiesta Cup is over.

The board arrived at this decision after failing to pick between lawyer Chito Salud and businessman Lambert Ramos yesterday, a month after failing to come up with a suitable replacement for Eala.

According to PBA Chairman Tony Chua, the governors unanimously decided to name Barrios as the league’s seventh commissioner.

"Without any voting, the Board came out with a unanimous decision to name Barrios as our seventh commissioner," said Chua.

As in their previous meeting last Dec. 17, the board arrived at a 5-4 count, this time favoring Ramos. Malaya learned that Red Bull, which initially voted for Salud last month, cast its lot with Ramos this time.

A candidate needs three quarters of the vote, or six, to become commissioner.

By asking Barrios to stay on, the board expressed the hope the positive gains achieved by the league–live gate attendances and TV viewings are up–early in the league’s 33rd season will be sustained.

"We want to have continuity. He (Barrios) started the season, mas maganda that he ends it," explained PBA vice-chairman Joaqui Trillo of Alaska. "Besides, Sonny already knows the ins and outs of the league."

"We all knew (making Barrios permanent commissioner) is the unifying factor and the best solution at this time," said league treasurer Robert Non of Ginebra.

The decision put Barrios at an awkward position.

While professing he still has the urge to serve the league, the former PBA executive director had previously made it known he is retiring at the end of the season-opening Philippine Cup to attend to a family business in the United States.

"I feel honored the Board considered me again. But I was totally caught by surprise. I asked the Board to give me more time, until Monday. I need to consult my wife and children over the weekend about it," said Barrios.

Chua related the governors again talked of the advantages and disadvantages of each candidate, but still couldn’t get the required two-thirds vote.

A final decision, Chua added, could be had should the PBA go corporate as being mulled. The firm SGV has been tasked to make a feasibility study on the plan.

"If we decided to go on (be a corporation) and if all the governors vote for it, then we’ll have a clear picture on what to do next," he stated.

In the meantime, the question of how to break the stalemate and what to do with Salud and Ramos have been put in the back burner.

"It’s up to them if they are still interested," said Chua.

"Maybe Barrios needs the two," said Non, hinting Salud, who is already Barrios’ consultant, and Ramos can be appointed to positions that will familiarize them more with the league. "That way, they can be exposed more to the PBA."

amdgc82
01-18-2008, 06:28 AM
http://www.mb.com.ph/SPRT20080118114694.html
Friday, January 18, 2008

PBA turns to Barrios – again
By WAYLON GALVEZ

ALMOST SIX years after he was ignored in his bid to become commissioner and six months after his appointment as Officer-In-Charge (OIC), the PBA Board of Governors now wants Renauld "Sonny" Barrios to become the league’s seventh commissioner.

This was unanimously decided by the board yesterday after a round of voting failed to produce a clear winner between lawyer Chito Salud and marketing expert and telecommunication executive Lambert Ramos for the post of PBA commissioner.

The board, chaired by Red Bull’s Tony Chua, gave Barrios until this weekend to decide whether or not to accept the position.

"All of us came to a decision that’s unanimous. Mr. OIC Barrios would become the commissioner until end of season, until July," Chua said in a press conference immediately after the board meeting.

The meeting, held at the PBA Office in Libis, Quezon City, lasted about three hours and was attended by the 10 board members.

"The board thought that this is the best solution for the league," Alaska representative Joaqui Trillo said.

According to Chua, the board did not vote on who should be commissioner. But sources who requested not to be identified because they were not authorized to disclose what transpired during the meeting, said the board voted not only once but three times in an attempt to break the impasse.

Each time, the vote was 5-4, which was short of the required ¾ votes or at least six votes which was needed to produce a mandate.

But this time, the source said, it was Ramos who got five and Salud four. It was the other way around when the board met last December to pick their seventh commissioner.

The source did not reveal who ‘‘switched’’ sides from the previous voting held Dec. 17 where Salud got five and Ramos four votes.

But many suspect, it could either be Chua or Coca-Cola’s Bayani Baylon.

As pieced together from various sources, those who voted for Ramos were Talk ‘N Text, Sta. Lucia, Air21, Alaska and either Red Bull or Coca-Cola. Those for Salud were Magnolia, Ginebra, Welcoat and either Coke or Red Bull.

Secret balloting made it difficult to identify who switched sides during the voting.

When it appeared no one was willing to change their votes, the board decided to stop the balloting and agreed instead to keep Barrios until July. But it upped the ante for Barrios who will now officially be the commissioner, should he accept the position.

Chua said the board will talk to Salud, son of former commissioner Rudy Salud, and Ramos, current president of NEXTEL, regarding its verdict. He said that the two will still be considered when the PBA searches anew for Barrios’ replacement.

Barrios said he was surprised by the board’s decision. But he deferred making a decision on the offer until after discussing the matter with his wife Becky and his three children who are in the United States and were expecting him to join them after February when his IOC term ends.

"I’m really surprised to find myself in this situation," Barrios said. "As I told the board (before), I made my personal plans," said Barrios, who will turn 60 on Mar. 4.

"It’s mixed emotions. I’m prepared to move forward. If I can’t make myself available, I have to have to come up with a solution that is good for the league. If I can’t, I have to make myself available," he added.

But then again, there is his commitment to his family.

amdgc82
01-18-2008, 06:32 AM
http://www.tribune.net.ph/sports/20080118spo1.html

THE MAN WHO DESERVES IT
Barrios named PBA commissioner
By Arman Carandang

01/18/2008

The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) board of governors has apparently realized it was looking too far in its search for a new league commissioner.

After weeks of stalemate between its members who could not agree on one name between the two remaining candidates, the PBA board yesterday tumbled on one highly qualified name it should have named as commissioner a long time ago.

He is Renauld “Sonny” Barrios, the league’s officer-in-charge and former do-it-all guy to former Commissioner Jun Bernardino, who was once considered for the post by almost the same group of board members who opted for Noli Eala instead.

Eala left the league in a not-so-favorable circumstance last year and Barrios was tapped to man the PBA until March this year on an acting capacity.

Barrios, however, was named as the seventh commissioner of the PBA, befitting the man who spent most of his career as a league executive.

It was worth the wait for the reluctant commisioner.

League chairman Tony Chua of Red Bull said Barrios will discharge his function until July, at the least, or at the conclusion of the season-ending Fiesta Cup.

Barrios first accepted the offer to become league OIC on a condition that the league would be able to name a permanent commissioner by March this year.

Since then, however, the league, could yet decide whom to pick between lawyer Chito Salud and businessman Lambert Ramos.

“Without any voting, the board came up with a unanimous decision to name Barrios as our seventh commissioner,” said Chua following the meeting among the governors that produced another impasse.

The league actually had failed twice already in its bid to name the new man who will be at the helm of the league, first on Dec. 17 and on Jan 17.

Last Dec 17, a 5-4 count was arrived at favoring the son of former Commissioner Rudy Salud, but a new twist occurred when the board arrived at same 5-4 count but favoring businessman Ramos. It was not known who made the shift.

A candidate needs six votes from the nine governors to become commissioner.

“We want to have continuity. He (Barrios) started the season, mas maganda he also ends it,” explained PBA vice chairman Joaqui Trillo of Alaska. “Besides, Sonny B. already knows the ins and outs of the league.”

“We all knew it (making Barrios permanent commissioner) is the unifying factor and the best solution at this time,” said league treasurer Robert Non of Ginebra. “I feel honored that the board considered me again.

Pero I was totally caught by surprise, kaya nga I asked the board to give me more time, until Monday. I need to consult my wife and children over weekend about it,” said Barrios.

Chua also took time to reveal that the governors discussed again the advantages and disadvantages of each candidate, but still couldn’t get the needed two-thirds vote.

amdgc82
01-18-2008, 06:35 AM
http://www.philstar.com/index.php?Sports&p=49&type=2&sec=30&aid=20080117108

Barrios named PBA commish
By Nelson Beltran
Friday, January 18, 2008

In a big turn of events, officer-in-charge Renauld “Sonny” Barrios was instead named PBA commissioner with the PBA board of governors unable to break another deadlock on its selection between nominees Atty. Chito Salud and Lambert Ramos.

After a two-and-a-half-hour meeting, board chairman Tony Chua said the board has decided to appoint Barrios as full-time commissioner while shelving their search for the next commissioner until after the league has changed status from an association to a corporate body.

The executive board that included vice chairman Joaqui Trillo and treasurer Robert Non said it came up with the decision without going through a vote.

Sources, however, said they went through four secret balloting but failed to resolve the impasse to name the next man who will run the league.

At the end of the meeting, Ramos had the 5-4 edge on his side, meaning one team decided to reverse its vote from the previous balloting last December.

Chua said they instead named Barrios as the commissioner up to the end of the season in July to keep harmony in the board.

The league officer-in-charge, however, didn’t accept the job right away, saying he has his plans and he has to consult first his family, mentors and close friends.

“The truth is I’ve been placed on a spot. It’s a big honor to be named commissioner but I was really prepared to move forward,” said Barrios.

“I’m placed in a difficult situation since I have already sacrificed the family project for the PBA. All my actions and thoughts were to move ahead after this conference. Now again I have this concern about the league,” added Barrios. “If I can’t make myself available, I have to come up with an option that will be good for the league. If I can’t come up, I have to make myself available. That’s the tough part.”

But Barrios said it’s a big honor being considered the unifying factor of the board deeply divided on the Salud-Ramos issue.

“I just hope I can meet the board’s expectation if I accept the position,” said Barrios now on the verge of becoming the league’s seventh commissioner after Leo Prieto, Mariano Yenko, Rudy Salud, Rey Marquez, Jun Bernardino and Noli Eala.

Barrios, who’s turning 60 on March 4, has served the league for nearly two decades from being an assistant executive director, finance officer, executive director and officer in charge.

He played for the Ateneo midget squads with other fellow future PBA officials Jun Bernardino and Ricky Palou. He studied at Ateneo from prep to college, graduating with a BS management degree.

The board said they would resume their search for the next commissioner after completing the league’s shift from an association to a corporation.

“It would all depend on the new structure of the league. Once we become a corporation, we may need a chief executive officer and a chief operating officer.

In the end, we may tap both men (Salud and Ramos) if they’re interested on the job,” said Chua.

Sources said several options and suggestions were raised during the meeting but none was agreed upon except naming Barrios as permanent commissioner at the moment.

Sam Miguel
01-18-2008, 12:02 PM
^^^ Was this a win-win-win solution or a wussy way out for the PBA? Why did they even bother to go through a search process if Sonny Barrios would get the nod in the end? My sources in the front office said the whole voting process was not as clubby and cheeky as shown by the close 5-4 votes in all rounds going hither and yon. Not to pick on Mr Barrios, a PBA-lifer so to speak, and one of the nicest guys around, but this sort of "Solomonic" decision just does not feel all too right. Hopefully Mr Barrios will be able to help all parties get on the same page after these tight votations. Which leaves just one last question: Will either or both Lambert Ramos and Chito Salud be given actual responsibilities such as Vice Presidents for whatnot as part of this scenario?

amdgc82
01-19-2008, 05:44 AM
http://www.journal.com.ph/index.php?issue=2008-01-19&sec=7&aid=46442
January 19, 2008 07:42 PM Saturday* *

Panahon na para magpaalam--Salud*
By: Zean Macamay*

ISANG araw makaraang talunin, hindi ng kanyang katunggali kundi ng kanyang kakampi, si Atty. Chito Salud ay nagpasiyang magpaalam na.*
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Ang anak ng dating commissioner ng PBA na minsang* kinulang lamang ng isang boto upang maging ika-7 pinuno ng premier basketball pro league ng bansa ay walang hinanakit sa nangyari noong Huwebes nang iangat ng Board of Governors si OIC Renauld ‘Sonny’ Barrios bilang commissioner ng liga.* * *
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Sa halip, masaya siya para sa kanyang 59-year old close friend, ang unang tumawag sa kanya upang ipaalam ang balita.
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“I am very happy for him,” wika ni Salud kahapon.* “Siya nagulat, ako nagulat, and then nagtatawanan na lang kami about sa nangyari.
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“The PBA has decided to chart its course, and I respect that.”
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Subalit nagpasiya si Salud, kinuha ni Barrios bilang kanyang personal legal consultant nang umaktong OIC, na panahon na upang umalis at magbalik sa isang bagay na kanyang pinakamamahal – maging aktibo sa law.
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Sinabi ni Barrios na nais niyang manatili si Salud sa kanyang tabi, lalo na ngayon na siya ang full-time commissioner na nangangaila-ngan ng matalas na pag-iisip. Gayunman ay naniniwala si Salud na higit na makabubuti kung babalik siya sa mga bagay na kanyang napabayaan.
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“Marami akong nabim-bing gawain when I was his consultant,” ani Salud. “Working with Mr. Barrios is no problem, and I am happy to work with him during the league’s transition period.”
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“But now that he is already the full commissioner, I have decided that it’s time to go.”

Naging dikdikan ang laba-nan nina Salud at Lambert Ramos para sa commissio-nership, dahilan upang ideklara ng Board ang deadlock.* * * * *Sa unang pagpupulong ng Board noong nakaraang Dec. 17 ay lamang si Salud sa 5-4. At noong Huwebes, kinailangan pa ng Board na dumaan sa tatlong rounds, kung saan si Ramos naman ang lumamang.
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Subalit sa huli ay pareho silang natalo.
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Dahil sa pagkabigo nilang basagin ang deadlock, ang* Board ay nagpasiya na lamang na hirangin si Barrios upang maging ika-7 commissioner para sa kabuuan ng season bago magpasiya kung anong daan ang tatahakin – ang manatili bilang isang asosasyon o maging isang korporasyon.
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Sinabi ni PBA Chairman Tony Chua na si Barrios ay maaaring manatili bilang commissioner hanggang ang kanyang performance ay im-presibo, nagpapahiwatig na si Barrios ay maaaring maging commissioner ng liga sa mga darating na taon.

amdgc82
01-19-2008, 05:51 AM
http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/?page=sports2_jan19_2008

Ramos: Thanks, but no thanks

THE two gentlemen, who vied for the position of Philippine Basketball Association commissioner, have decided to effectively tell the pro league board of governors—thanks, but no thanks.

This reaction followed chairman Tony Chua’s statement that Lambert Ramos and lawyer Chito Salud could be considered for the two top positions should the league evolve into a corporation.

In a telephone conversation with Viva Sports/Standard Today, Ramos said: “In my opinion, this is the end of the selection process. They can get that commissionership for all I care. It was nice to have taken part in this, but beyond that I’m done with it.”

Ramos said he is still president of Nextel and will “continue working as its president. I am very much focused on ensuring that my wife gets healed with her colon cancer. Life goes on. I think if this is the way they want to do things, let them be. I really couldn’t care less. I participated in the selection process because I thought it was very challenging, I like the whole idea of participating. I thought that Chito [Salud] and I could do things together.”

Ramos revealed what he said nobody knew and that is he and Salud were good friends and neighbors. “His mother [Pampin] and my wife are close to each other and members of the healing ministry and the Family Rosary Crusade. Chito’s mother is very religious and very proper.”

In all honesty, Ramos added: “If they declared Chito as the winner, I would be the first one to declare the league in the best hands possible and I believe Chito would have also done the same [if he was chosen].”

Ramos indicated that perhaps some board members probably realized that with either Salud or himself as commissioner, there was no way any of the board members could dictate to them and were perhaps looking for somebody pliable.

The respected marketing man noted that he had “not obtained any formal notice from them at all. They haven’t even given us the courtesy of what the decision is all about.”

Salud, in a letter sent by fax to the PBA board of governors yesterday afternoon, stated: “In accepting my nomination for the position of commissioner, my only wish was to serve the Association for its betterment. Since I have not garnered the required number of votes in your several sessions, I am withdrawing my name from the selection process.” Ronnie Nathanielsz

amdgc82
01-19-2008, 06:13 AM
http://www.philstar.com/index.php?Sports&p=49&type=2&sec=30&aid=20080118170

Ramos losing interest in PBA post?
By Nelson Beltran
Saturday, January 19, 2008

With the PBA board announcing that the next commissioner could not be decided upon until July, Nextel president Lambert Ramos doubts if he can still make himself available for the position.

It appears Ramos is not so keen for the position anymore with the PBA board of governors still unable to make the decision a month after the candidates presented their plans and programs for the league.

Instead, the board, in a meeting Thursday, named officer-in-charge Sonny Barrios as permanent commissioner while shelving the search for the next commissioner until after the league has probably changed status from an organization to a corporate body.

The board named Barrios as full-time commissioner up to the end of the season sometime in July.

Ramos said January to July is a long period of time he may no longer be available for the job when the board makes the decision.

He didn’t hide his disappointment over the PBA board’s decision to keep hanging its final choice on who would be the next PBA commissioner between him and Atty. Chito Salud.

“It doesn’t sound right,” said Ramos on the board’s move making him and Salud to wait for at least seven more months to know the board’s final decision.

“They should have tried to find ways and means to finally resolve it. We’re asked to go through a tedious process. We did only to be told again that we have to wait,” Ramos added.

Salud couldn’t be reached for comment. Sources, however, said the lawyer son of former PBA commissioner Rudy Salud was also disappointed.

What came as a consolation to Ramos was hearing the news that he’s already enjoying the 5-4 edge in the latest balloting.

“What’s disappointing was thinking that they (the board) would finally resolve the matter. I was ready to accept whatever decision they make. If Chito is named, I have no objection. I’m sure Chito would do the same,” said Ramos.

Ramos believes he and Salud are both prepared and capable to handle the job.

“We have grand designs for the organization. I thought the league was ill and I could help with my experience,” said Ramos.

amdgc82
01-20-2008, 07:28 AM
http://www.mb.com.ph/SPRT20080120114870.html
Sunday, January 20, 2008

Barrios torn between family, love of PBA
By WAYLON GALVEZ

SONNY BARRIOS will announce on Wednesday whether or not he will accept the PBA Board of Governors’ offer to become the league’s seventh commissioner — at least until the end of the season in July.

The 60-year-old Barrios said that he has yet to talk to wife Becky and three children as well as his youngest brother Norman, who is his business partner in the home care service in Sacramento, California, regarding the board’s offer.

"We only talk during weekends there (US), so dun ko pa lang sasabihin sa kanila, kung ano ang sasabihin ni Mrs., ng mga anak ko and also my brother kasi he’s the one running the business na dapat tulong kami," Barrios told the Bulletin yesterday.

"Kung ang tanong eh gusto ko ba ‘yung posisyon. Yes. Gusto ko makatulong sa liga. Ang kaso, I have to consider din ‘yung pamilya ko at ‘yung business namin," Barrios added.

When the board, chaired by Tony Chua of Red Bull, offered the position to Barrios which would elevate him from his current post as Officer-In-Charge, he was given until this weekend to decide.

But it seems that he needs a little more time.

The position was vacated by Noli Eala last August following his disbarment and Barriors was named OIC until the board comes up with a selection of a new commissioner.

The board searched for a replacement and actually had two final candidates in lawyer Chito Salud and marketing expert and Nextel chief Lambert Ramos.

Last Thursday, the board came up with a surprising decision when it unanimously agreed to offer the post to Barrios after the governors failed to break the impasse, reportedly going through three rounds of ‘secret voting’ in favor of Ramos, 5-4.

To be able to get the post, one has to get 2/3 or six of the votes from the nine voting members.

Last Dec. 17 when the board first discussed the issue, it was Salud who needed just a single vote to get the required number of votes.

Alaska’s Joaqui Trillo, the board’s vice-chairman, said that in case Barrios turns down the offer, the only option he sees is to have another round of voting and choose again between Ramos and Salud.

"But we have to wait for the decision of Mr. Barrios," Trillo said.

Barrios said that he will ask for a meeting with the PBA Board Executive Committee on Wednesday morning before making an announcement.

amdgc82
01-20-2008, 07:53 AM
http://sports.inquirer.net/inquirersports/inquirersports/view/20080119-113520/Insulting-polls

In Huddle
Insulting polls
By Beth Celis
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 23:01:00 01/19/2008

VETERAN MEDIA MAN RONNIE Nathanielsz was the first to vehemently react when PBA chair Tony Chua announced the result of the board meeting last Thursday, Jan. 17 at the PBA office in Libis, Quezon City.

Ronnie did not exert an effort to mask his grave disappointment as the chair declared another stalemate, this time with the majority count reversed 5-4 in favor of Nextel president Lambert Ramos.

The board had voted four times by secret balloting but the result always came out the same each time.

What must have irked and angered the fiery columnist, causing sarcastic, biting words to spew from his mouth, was the move of the board to appoint officer-in-charge Sonny Barrios as permanent commissioner until July 25, the end of the 2007-2008 PBA season.

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“Have you called Messrs. Salud (Chito) and Ramos to inform them of this development?” was Ronnie’s first question, which may have been perceived as a form of interrogation by execom members Joaqui Trillo (vice-chair), Robert Non (treasurer) and Chua who were seated en banc in front of the media during the press conference following the board meeting.

The answer was negative.

Second question: “Don’t you think it’s unfair to ask them to wait for another 5-6 months, as if they are salivating for the job and would be willing to wait that long before a consensus is reached?”

By the time Ronnie’s ‘interrogation’ and lengthy pontification were over, egos were badly bruised and he had incurred the execom’s ill will.

Feeling that he was right, Ronnie couldn’t care less.

Curiously, unlike in the first election where all the governors left immediately before OIC Sonny Barrios face the media to announce the outcome of the meeting, the members of the board stayed behind long after the press conference was over.

Maybe they sensed controversy brewing because of their inability to reach a consensus.

They were right.

* * *

That afternoon, Chito Salud and Lambert had a heart-to-heart talk over the phone. Both agreed that what had transpired that day was very insulting to them both and perhaps was a reflection of the kind of league that one of them will eventually head—in case both of them decide to stick around and wait until July, which they were both not inclined to do at that point.

There was just too much adrenalin wasted. And time and effort.

They were asked to make a tedious presentation and they did. They were asked to wait for months and they did. But two plus six more months was just too long.

Salud was so disgusted he refused to accept calls that afternoon.

Perhaps he had switched off his phone much earlier, because I was told that JB Baylon of Coke had been trying to get in touch with him at the height of the meeting but couldn’t get through.

* * *

According to a governor, JB was calling Chito to ask if he (JB) could be freed from his commitment to vote for his classmate in law school. JB, said the governor, had at least exerted some effort to break the stalemate.

He confirmed earlier reports that Coke would have shifted its vote to Ramos if he got the majority in subsequent polls. However, Baylon did not want to make the step unless he could advise Salud first.

Had JB gotten through to Chito that day, a decision would have been reached before things got out of hand.

But can we tell for sure which ball club switched votes from Salud to Lambert? It could have been Coke. Or Welcoat. Or Red Bull.

Perhaps all is not lost. If the Board wants to keep one of the two candidates, they should act fast and arrive at a consensus before the month ends.

Like true gentlemen, Chito and Lambert have agreed to graciously accede to the will of the majority.

james_ty
01-20-2008, 08:29 AM
^^^ Was this a win-win-win solution or a wussy way out for the PBA? Why did they even bother to go through a search process if Sonny Barrios would get the nod in the end? My sources in the front office said the whole voting process was not as clubby and cheeky as shown by the close 5-4 votes in all rounds going hither and yon. Not to pick on Mr Barrios, a PBA-lifer so to speak, and one of the nicest guys around, but this sort of "Solomonic" decision just does not feel all too right. Hopefully Mr Barrios will be able to help all parties get on the same page after these tight votations. Which leaves just one last question: Will either or both Lambert Ramos and Chito Salud be given actual responsibilities such as Vice Presidents for whatnot as part of this scenario?


This shows how much the Board, and not the Commissioner, is the one that's wielding more powers in the PBA.

Remember, it was the Board that voted Noli Eala out as commissioner before he resigned.

No wonder the PBA isn't being watched anymore on TV and in the live gates. TV ratings are down and a show like Marimar is rating 50 per cent compared to just one per cent for the PBA.

It will be hard for the league to recover from this problem.

amdgc82
01-21-2008, 06:20 AM
http://www.journal.com.ph/index.php?issue=2008-01-21&sec=7&aid=46650
January 21, 2008 07:22 PM Monday

Sonny feels sorry *
By: Zean Macamay*
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COMMISSIONER Sonny Barrios now feels like a commander without a general. The one man he hoped would be by his side – Atty. Chito Salud – has left, choosing to return to the things he had neglected when he was practicing law.
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Until now, he hasn’t found or thought of a man who can fill the void left by the son of the former commissioner, who acted as Barrios’ personal legal consultant when he was chosen officer-in-charge last October.
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“Nakakalungkot,” said Barrios yesterday. “He was a vital part of the transition period, and I thought he would still be around until the end of the Philippine Cup.
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“The league right now is already reaping the fruits of the programs he was part of. But I don’t want to prevent him from moving on. I respect his decision, and just like everybody else, I wish him good luck.”
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The 59-year-old who once was ignored to become commissioner in 2003 when the Board leaned towards a more dynamic leader in Noli Eala admitted that it would be extremely difficult finding a replacement for Salud, the articulate lawyer whose foremost platform when he became a final candidate for the commissionership post was on improving the game through officiating.
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“As of now, wala pa akong nakikita na pwedeng pumalit sa kanya,” said Barrios. “Sayang, we could have been in this together.”
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Salud decided to fade away from the league his father helped reach glory years a day after Barrios was named commissioner by the PBA Board. It was the result of the Board’s stubborn stance to break a 5-4 deadlock between Salud and corporate man Lambert Ramos despite going through three rounds of secret balloting.
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But Salud never uttered words of disappointment over the PBA. For him, the best move now is to get back to the things he said were ‘nabinbin’ when he served under Barrios.
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Without a great mind at his side, Barrios’ task now is even more daunting. His primary concern is determining how the league can get into a direction that would benefit everyone.
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Barrios said that the business aspect of the PBA would be one of those things that need to be addressed with high priority. Next conference, the contract of ABC-5 expires, and there at least three others interested. The PBA also will have to deal with its international broadcaster.
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At the same time, Barrios said that he had asked the Board ‘for a few more days’ to think over whether to accept a full-time commissionership job or not.
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The B.S. Management graduate from Ateneo said that choosing the PBA over family is a complicated issue as of the moment. Barrios admitted that if ever he chooses to serve the league for a longer period, not only his family will be affected, but also the families of his two brothers, who are his business partners.
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“I want to arrive at a decision that my family will support,” said Barrios, who added that the big day will come Thursday at the latest.
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Barrios became OIC four months ago, beating favorite and former PBA player and Senator Freddie Webb. The Board chose him because he was the only one who agreed to become OIC without any ambition of becoming OIC, a criterion the Board created.

amdgc82
01-21-2008, 06:26 AM
http://www.mb.com.ph/SPRT20080121114963.html
Monday, January 21, 2008

Salud gives up PBA bid

Lawyer Chito Salud has backed out from his bid to become PBA commissioner, opting to return to his law practice and several unfinished business.

The decision came just a few days after the PBA board decided to appoint Sonny Barrios as seventh commissioner following its failure to break the impasse between Lambert Ramos and Salud.

"Now that he’s (Barrios) the commissioner, I think it’s time for me to go," said Salud who worked as legal adviser to Barrios.

Barrios, who has until Wednesday to accept the PBA board’s appointment, said he’s saddened by Salud’s departure.

"Nakakalungkot syempre, he has been part of the transition team. I thought that he’ll still be part of the team," Barrios said. "Wala pa akong nakikita na pwede pumalit kay Atty. Salud (as legal adviser)."

In a surprise move, the PBA board promoted Barrios as commissioner after failing to muster the required votes to name Noli Eala’s successor.

Barrios said that he will discuss first the board’s offer to his family, his wife Becky and their three children, as well as to his youngest brother Norman who is his business partner.

The two put up a home care service in Sacramento, United States last year, but since the PBA named him as OIC, he has not been able to help in running the business.

Barrios’ first arrangement with the PBA is only until the Philippine Cup or end of February before handing over the rein to the new commissioner, but with the board’s offer, he might extend his time in the league until the end of season in July.

gameface_one
01-21-2008, 09:48 AM
wrong post

amdgc82
01-22-2008, 06:08 AM
http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/?page=sports5_jan21_2008

Webb: Why am I not surprised?

FORMER Senator Freddie Webb said he is not surprised at what Philippine Basketball Association chairman Tony Chua and the board of governors did to lawyer Chito Salud and marketing man Lambert Ramos, who were virtually sidelined after months of being led to believe one of them would be the next commissioner.

Webb, who hosts the dzMM radio show Sports Talk at 2 p.m. on Saturdays, recalled that he had been contacted in Subic Bay when he was on a brief vacation and invited by Chua to a breakfast meeting at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel, along with former chairman Ricky Vargas of Talk N Text and Joaqui Trillo of Alaska.

He said that after their discussions, he was told he would be named officer in charge and that he himself had informed Chua that while he wanted to help, he was not willing to make a long-term commitment.

Webb confessed he didn’t enjoy being seated behind a desk, or watching two games a day, three days a week, even though he loved the sport.

He said Chua also advised him he could bring in “anyone I wish,” and that he in turn informed the chairman he would like to bring in his former chief of staff, who was a good lawyer and one other person.

Webb said Chua shook his hand as though to seal the agreement at the end of their meeting.

The former senator and outstanding Olympian said he was shocked to read in the newspapers a day or two later that all of a sudden, he was no longer in the picture. But what was worse, according to Webb, was that Chua did not even inform him what had happened and how and why he was dropped.

Webb said that given his own experience with Chua and the board, he was not surprised that they had, after several months of presentations, interviews and voting decided to junk Salud and Ramos and pick Sonny Barrios to serve as commissioner.

Webb said he couldn’t understand the actuations of Chua and the board because it was Chua who nominated Salud but inexplicably switched to Ramos last Thursday.

Multi-titled La Salle mentor Franz Pumaren recalled that Chua had at one time offered him the job of Red Bull coach, only to discover that he had turned around and appointed someone else.

Webb said he stood by what he said and was “not afraid to face anyone in the PBA board.” Ronnie Nathanielsz

amdgc82
01-22-2008, 06:14 AM
http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/01222008/sports03.html

Barrios needs further clarification from board
By Joel Orellana
Reporter
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SONNY BARRIOS needs to make some clarifications with the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) board of governors before totally committing himself as the league’s seventh commissioner.

“I just want to ask some questions and clear things before finally deciding on it,” said Barrios, who was appointed on January 17 after the board failed to break the impasse between lawyer Chito Salud and marketing man Lambert Ramos.

“It’s not that I don’t want it. May mga bagay na gusto ko lang klaruhin sa board, which I feel could help me decide on this matter,” he added.

Barrios did not elaborate, but it could have something to do with his family business in the United States and the possibility that he would stay as commissioner longer that he expects.

The board will have its regular meeting on January 28.

Barrios asked the board to give him some time to consult with his wife Becky and his partners, who happened to be his brothers, in the caregiving business in the US.

“I already talked to them, but they are throwing the question back to me. Tinatanong nila kung ano ang decision ko,” said Barrios. “That’s why I’m requesting for this meeting para malinaw lahat.”

The board decided to hand Barrios the commissionership job to protect the unity and harmony among the members of the board who were divided in choosing between Salud and Ramos.

Chua said Salud and Ramos are still part of the equation as the league’s aim to make the PBA a corporation. There are reports, however, that the two are no longer interested in getting involved with the PBA.

Barrios confirmed a report that Salud has resigned as his consultant, which, according to some insiders, was the lawyer’s way of expressing his dismay over the board’s decision.*

“We respect Attorney Salud’s decision. He was a big help when I was still the OIC [officer in charge] of the league,” said Barrios.

amdgc82
01-22-2008, 06:26 AM
http://sports.inquirer.net/breakingnews/breakingnews/view/20080122-113920/Salud-quits-PBA-race-Taulava-Telan-shine

Salud quits PBA race; Taulava, Telan shine
By Romina Austria
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 02:27:00 01/22/2008

Chito Salud has formally withdrawn from the selection process for commissioner of the Philippine Basketball Association, a day after the league promoted officer-in-charge Renauld “Sonny” Barrios to the post for the duration of the 33rd season.

In a brief letter to the PBA, Salud, a lawyer like his father, former commissioner Rudy Salud, said his failure to get the required six votes from the pro league’s board of governors prompted him to give up the fight.

“Since I have not garnered the required number of votes in your several sessions, I am withdrawing my name from the selection process,” Salud said in the letter dated Jan. 18.

In accepting his nomination for the commissioner post, Salud said his “only wish was to serve the association for its betterment.”

Salud served as special consultant to Barrios during the transition period.

Barrios was named commissioner on Tuesday last week after the board failed to come up with the required six votes to break the deadlock between Salud and telecommunications executive Lambert Ramos.

In the third and last round of voting, the result was 5-4.

Should the PBA turn into a corporation, it will be led by a CEO who will have a commissioner and other PBA personnel under his staff. Ramos and Salud could end up serving the league at the same time under such a setup.

Meanwhile, Asi Taulava and Mark Telan were chosen by the PBA Press Corps as Smart-Accel co-Players of the Week for the period Jan. 14 to 20. The duo powered the Coca Cola Tigers to two do-or-die wins and into the quarterfinals of the Smart PBA Philippine Cup.

Telan finished with 22 points and nine rebounds and Taulava 13 markers and a game-high 16 boards when Coca-Cola took out its former team, Talk ‘N Text, 81-73.

In the Tigers’ 109-102 win over the Air21 Express that sent them to a best-of-three duel with Alaska, Taulava had 17 points and 12 rebounds while Telan chipped in 11 markers and 10 rebounds.

Those wins came after a 101-85 demolition job of TNT last Wednesday.

“The two have been tremendous,” said Coca-Cola coach Binky Favis. “A coach can only feel blessed if he has such guys playing their hearts out and doing a bit of every thing.”

amdgc82
01-22-2008, 06:31 AM
http://www.philstar.com/index.php?Sports&p=49&type=2&sec=30&aid=20080121130

Will Salud’s withdrawal clear way for Ramos?
By Joaquin Henson
Tuesday, January 22, 2008

With lawyer Chito Salud’s withdrawal from the race, the only remaining candidate is Nextel president Lambert Ramos for PBA commissioner but it’s still not certain if the Board of Governors will recall the decision to keep former Officer-in-Charge Sonny Barrios at the helm until July.

Barrios was named the new commissioner after Salud and Ramos both failed to obtain the required six votes in a series of polls during a protracted board meeting last Thursday.

Barrios said he is requesting for an emergency consultation with the Executive Committee this afternoon or tomorrow morning to discuss how to proceed in choosing a permanent commissioner.

The executive committee is composed of chairman Tony Chua, Joaqui Trillo and Robert Non.* Barrios said he asked former PBA chairman Ricky Vargas to also attend the consultative meeting.

“I don’t think it’s automatic that Lambert will be the new commissioner with Chito’s withdrawal,” said Barrios.* “But I’ll discuss the matter with the executive committee to determine how to proceed.”

Last Friday, Salud sent a formal letter to the board withdrawing his candidacy.

Salud’s letter was brief:* “In accepting my nomination for the position of Commissioner, my only wish was to serve the Association for its betterment.* Since I have not garnered the required number of votes in your several sessions, I am withdrawing my name from the selection process.* May I also take this opportunity to thank the Board for allowing me to serve as special consultant to the Officer-in-Charge during the transition period.”

Barrios admitted he is in a dilemma.* He was engaged last September to serve as officer-in-charge only up to March.* Barrios would not agree to an extension because of a commitment to oversee a care-giving project with his two brothers in the US.

But with the Board unable to decide on a permanent replacement, Barrios was not only extended up to July but also appointed commissioner.* Barrios said he has not yet accepted the board’s offer.

The board is scheduled to meet again on Monday.

“From Day 1 up to now, my actions, decisions, memos and personal notes to the Board were from a short-term point of view,” said Barrios.* “It’s not that easy just to say yes to an extension.* It’s not that simple.* Remember I was appointed Officer-in-Charge because I had no ambition to be a permanent Commissioner.* The job just fell on my lap when nobody could get the required six votes.”

When Barrios agreed to serve as Officer-in-Charge, he asked his wife Becky to work on the project in the US for the time being.* She has been in the US for five months.

“My two brothers are my business partners and we all have to do our part in the division of labor,” he said.* “So it’s not just about consulting Becky and my family but also my brothers on what I should do.* I’m expected to do my part in our project.”

Barrios said he knew from the start, his appointment was a stop-gap measure but now, the board must set the stage for a permanent solution.

“Frankly, if I can’t accept, I don’t know what will happen to the PBA office,” he continued.* “It’s difficult to abandon the officers and staff.* Nobody wants the office to be headless.* I don’t want to be the cause for that.* I love the PBA too much.* I’m heavy-hearted at this point.”

Barrios said he realizes the difficulty of resolving the impasse but the board must exhaust all means to find a solution even if it takes squeezing the last ounce of patience from every governor.

“I find it sad that instead of focusing on the great games we’re playing, what is prominent in the sports pages is we can’t decide on a permanent commissioner,” he said.* “It detracts from the excitement of the games.”

The PBA is enjoying a highly competitive conference with startling developments like Sta. Lucia Realty making it to the semifinals as an outright qualifier, the surge of Coca-Cola with Asi Taulava in the forefront and the early elimination of Barangay Ginebra and Talk ‘N’ Text.* *The new officiating philosophy to allow more physicality has also brought more excitement to the games, leading to confrontations that push players to the limit.

amdgc82
01-22-2008, 06:36 AM
http://www.philstar.com/index.php?Sports&p=49&type=2&sec=30&aid=20080121134

Democratic headache
SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson
Tuesday, January 22, 2008

The inability of the PBA Board of Governors to choose a permanent commissioner after several attempts to secure the required six votes for a candidate is an indication that sometimes, democracy doesn’t work.

Unfortunately, the victim in the impasse is former Officer-in-Charge Sonny Barrios who was suddenly appointed commissioner last week. Barrios has neither accepted nor declined the offer or was it an invitation? Like a good soldier who fights to the bitter end, Barrios is expected to carry the flag until it’s time for a turnover. But lately, Barrios isn’t so sure how long he can stay on.

It’s not that Barrios isn’t willing to keep the job. He spent some of his best years working in the PBA, which has a special place in his heart. In fact, he was once OIC when then-commissioner Jun Bernardino took a leave of absence after suffering a stroke. Barrios worked 18 years in the PBA but when he was a candidate for commissioner in 2003, the Board chose somebody else.

Eventually, it was the job that found Barrios, not the other way around – like it was fate. And now, he’s not sure if he can continue to serve, even until July as the Board intimated.

The impasse has forced one candidate, Chito Salud, to withdraw. The other candidate, Lambert Ramos, will likely back out, too. To ask Salud and Ramos to stand by for a possible appointment in July wouldn’t be fair. That would unduly limit their options and opportunities. Salud did the logical thing and decided to move on.

There is a lesson to be learned from this experience. Perhaps, the way to select a commissioner is not through a vote – which turns it into a political exercise.*

You and I know there are no secrets in the PBA Board. Even the secret balloting that was conducted last Thursday wasn’t so secret, after all, because the candidates later found out who voted for whom. That only makes a commissioner beholden to those who voted for him and those who voted for him would expect reciprocal support during his term.

Politicization is something the PBA can do without. You don’t want the Governors building fences to protect their individual interests or suspecting others of doing so. You want Governors deciding for the good of the league and choosing an impartial commissioner.

Ideally, the commissioner should come from the ranks of management. In the NBA, the process of selection involves locating an understudy who is hired on a professional, not a political, basis. David Stern, for instance, rose from the ranks. His deputy Adam Silver was formerly president of NBA Entertainment and would be the logical choice as successor. The process of selection is a process of succession.

Theoretically, when the time comes to appoint a new commissioner, the PBA Board should make an offer to just one man – who will have earned the job as an understudy. It would be like a promotion.

In the PBA, the stumbling block is the Constitution and By-Laws which provide for a procedure of selecting a commissioner. Unless that provision is amended, the PBA is stuck with trying to force a six-vote count and courting an impasse.

* * *

Ring Magazine writer William Dettloff said Juan Manuel Marquez isn’t as quick on his feet as before and won’t be the same fighter Manny Pacquiao faced in 2004.

“Marquez, either by choice or by age, has grown a little feistier and a bit more stationary in the four years that have passed since he rose from three first-round knockdowns to more or less outbox Pacquiao over the distance, thereby earning the draw,” said Dettloff. “Even if a subtle change in Marquez’ style is due to his age – he’s 34 which history tells us is a bit gray for the little guys – it hasn’t reduced his effectiveness. With his embarrassing loss to Chris John behind him and wins over (Marco Antonio) Barrera and (Rocky) Juarez, Marquez provided evidence that he might give Pacquiao a harder time this time than last. And clearly, he wants the opportunity to try.”

IBF flyweight champion Nonito Donaire said Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach wouldn’t have agreed to the Marquez fight if he thought the Mexican could win.

“Freddie’s real smart,” said Donaire. “He waited four years for Marquez to get older. Marquez was probably at his peak when he fought Manny the first time. But he’s not as dangerous now. Freddie knows it. And Manny just keeps getting better.”

Donaire said wear and tear in the body, caused by too much hard sparring, has contributed to Marquez’ deterioration.

“Mexicans like to spar hard,” said Donaire. “I’d rather do the hard punching during a fight. I’ve fighters cry because of sparring too hard. In Marquez’ case, I think he’s more vulnerable now. He got hurt in the Barrera fight. Barrera knocked him down with a solid right but the referee ruled it a slip.”

Wang-Bu
01-22-2008, 10:18 AM
^ Tila yata naging moro-moro la-ang ang pagpili ng magiging sunod na Kome ng PBA. Naka-ilang botohan sila at parating 5-4, nung una para kay Chito Salud, nitong huli naman para kay Lambert Ramos. Kalaunan itinalaga pa din sin Sonny Barrios para sa nalalabing bahagi ng kasalukuyang komperensiya. Ano na namang bang kaguluhan ito?

Hindi ko personal na kilala ang kahit sino sa tatlong ginoong nabanggit. Alalaon-baga tila hindi naman siguro sila nanomina kung wala silang mga sapat na kakayanan sa larangan ng pamumuno ng malalaking organisasyon. Sa ganang akin la-ang, bakit naman sa isang napakahalagang pwesto sa namumukod-tanging ligang busluan sa Asya, ay tila yata tumpak ang kuro-kuro ni Sir Quinito, na nabahiran na yata ng sobrang politika ang nangyayari sa PBA.

Masamang pangitain ito para sa PBA. Bagama't lahat naman ng malalaking organisasyon ay talaga namang hitik sa politika, sana naman hindi magkaganyan ang PBA. Ngayong nagsusumikap ang buong bansa na magkaroon ng pagkakaisa at matinong direksyon ang larong busluan sa ating bayan, ang ganitong uri ng moro-moro ay nakakasira ng diskarte at nakakasulakasok sa mga gaya nating mga nagmamahal sa larong busluan.

Kung ako sa PBA Board, yaman rin lamang at umatras na si Atty Salud sa proseso, at kung wala rin lang namang ibang nais maitalaga sa pagiging Kome, magbotohan na sila ngayon pa lang, at kapag nakuha na ang anim na botong kinakailangan, ay italaga na nila si Ginoong Ramos na hindi pa umaatras. Kapag tinanggap ni Ramos ang hatol ng Board, wala ng problema. Kapag tanggihan niya, tuloy na lang si Barrios. Sa ganyang paraan ay magiging permanente na ang pagkakatalaga ng bagong Kome, wala ng haka-haka, kalitohan at gulo.

Kapag tinanggap na ni Ramos ang kanyang pagkakatalaga hayaan na nilang manilbihan hanggang katapusan ng kasalukuyang komperensya si Ginoong Barrios, pero maghanda na sila ng resolusyon na mayroon ng permanenteng Kome ang PBA, na maglilingkod simula ng susunod na komperensya.

salsa caballero
01-22-2008, 11:28 AM
If Ramos gets the nod, expect Out and Cackler to give us a rundown on the guy's professional abilities :) My personal, albeit biased, choice is Salud. Unfortunately, he's withdrawn his name from consideration. Too bad. Nevertheless, should Ramos get it, I hope he continues the PBA's participation in the selection and development of the National Team...

amdgc82
01-22-2008, 12:26 PM
http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/?page=sports6_jan22_2008

Of decency and integrity
BY RONNIE NATHANIELSZ

WE have been associated with the Philippine Basketball Association in one way or another since its inception in 1975, when businessman-sportsman Emerson Coseteng was its first chairman and the quintessential Leo Prieto its founding commissioner. But as our memories travel through time, we have painfully witnessed the gradual decline of the class and the character of the men, who whave led the association in more recent times.

Indeed, while some of them may bear us ill-will because of our strong position against the manner in which they handled the issue of a successor to commissioner Noli Eala, for our part the last residue of respect we had for some of them at least, has been washed away by the manner in which they treated two fine gentlemen—youthful lawyer Chito Salud and marketing man Lambert Ramos—in the PBA board’s search for a new commissioner.

How in the name of sanity could they justify announcing a search, nominating candidates, pruning down the list, have the three remaining in contention make what were reportedly well-researched and creatively thought-out presentations, go through interviews and then after narrowing down the choice to Salud and Ramos, junk them both and name someone outside their own nominees, who didn’t go through any of the steps demanded of Salud and Ramos? It’s like having President Arroyo and Fernando Poe Jr. running for election and then naming Joseph Estrada as President! What they have done is clearly ethically and morally and even legally questionable, because we think that the PBA could be held liable for damages. Of course, the board can rest comfortably because Salud and Ramos are good and decent men, who wouldn’t stoop to such methods of retaliation. They simply have too much class.

Salud was nominated by PBA chairman Tony Chua and Ramos by vice chairman Joaqui Trillo, while former chairman Ricky Vargas nominated Patrick Gregorio.* Gregorio, who got only one vote, was eliminated after the first ballot in which Salud received 5 votes and Ramos 3. In the second ballot, Vargas could have settled the issue of the constitutional requirement of six votes if he voted for Salud. But he didn’t. He voted for Ramos, which we concede was his prerogative. Unable to break the impasse after another round of balloting, chairman Chua adjourned and set another meeting for one week later.

However, a day before the meeting, Chua claimed he had to make an urgent business trip to China and called off the meeting, which was postponed to last Thursday. To the consternation of many, Chua switched his vote to Ramos after proposing that voting be by secret ballot. It was an obvious ploy to hide the identity of the man, who switched. There were even subsequent squid tactics to create doubts as to who really switched—Coca-Cola, Welcoat or Red Bull. But we have been in this game long enough to know. The result was that Ramos had a 5-4 advantage but again, the two sides stood firm. The result was that Sonny Barrios, who had extended his stint as officer-in-charge, was named commissioner.

Adding insult to injury, Chua as well as Trillo, said there were plans to turn the association into a corporation. In fact, the PBA had commissioned Sycip, Gorres and Velayo to do a study which hasn’t been completed as yet. They used this to soften the insult to Salud and Ramos by saying they could well be considered for the two top positions in the corporation. These nine gentlemen, after months of deliberation, maneuvering and even horse-trading couldn’t choose between two good men. Yet they want us to believe that such a major decision of turning the PBA into a corporation with all its tax implications and requirements of transparency could be achieved within a reasonable period of time. Who do they think they are fooling?

Beyond that, what gave them the impression that Salud and Ramos, whom they took for granted, would remain interested after the shabby manner in which they were treated. In fact, the two gentlemen were not even given the courtesy of being informed by Chua about the decision of the board naming Barrios and shunting them aside. They are perhaps under the mistaken notion that Salud and Ramos are salivating for the position of commissioner.

They have only to recall how many nominees initially withdrew to realize that the PBA commissionership is not that attractive any longer to good and decent men with a belief that integrity is non-negotiable although the board, in drawing up its criteria, allotted only 10 percent for integrity giving us an idea of how unimportant integrity was to some of them at least.*

Chua was quoted as saying there was no voting which is, to put it bluntly, a patent falsehood. One wonders what manner of men are these who would nominate one individual and then switch loyalties and to cap it all deny what went on? Is the public on which the PBA has depended for some 33 years not worthy of being told the truth? Is there no semblance of decency and integrity left in the PBA board of today?* How sad it is.

james_ty
01-22-2008, 02:56 PM
http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/?page=sports6_jan22_2008

Of decency and integrity
BY RONNIE NATHANIELSZ

WE have been associated with the Philippine Basketball Association in one way or another since its inception in 1975, when businessman-sportsman Emerson Coseteng was its first chairman and the quintessential Leo Prieto its founding commissioner. But as our memories travel through time, we have painfully witnessed the gradual decline of the class and the character of the men, who whave led the association in more recent times.

Indeed, while some of them may bear us ill-will because of our strong position against the manner in which they handled the issue of a successor to commissioner Noli Eala, for our part the last residue of respect we had for some of them at least, has been washed away by the manner in which they treated two fine gentlemen—youthful lawyer Chito Salud and marketing man Lambert Ramos—in the PBA board’s search for a new commissioner.

How in the name of sanity could they justify announcing a search, nominating candidates, pruning down the list, have the three remaining in contention make what were reportedly well-researched and creatively thought-out presentations, go through interviews and then after narrowing down the choice to Salud and Ramos, junk them both and name someone outside their own nominees, who didn’t go through any of the steps demanded of Salud and Ramos? It’s like having President Arroyo and Fernando Poe Jr. running for election and then naming Joseph Estrada as President! What they have done is clearly ethically and morally and even legally questionable, because we think that the PBA could be held liable for damages. Of course, the board can rest comfortably because Salud and Ramos are good and decent men, who wouldn’t stoop to such methods of retaliation. They simply have too much class.

Salud was nominated by PBA chairman Tony Chua and Ramos by vice chairman Joaqui Trillo, while former chairman Ricky Vargas nominated Patrick Gregorio.* Gregorio, who got only one vote, was eliminated after the first ballot in which Salud received 5 votes and Ramos 3. In the second ballot, Vargas could have settled the issue of the constitutional requirement of six votes if he voted for Salud. But he didn’t. He voted for Ramos, which we concede was his prerogative. Unable to break the impasse after another round of balloting, chairman Chua adjourned and set another meeting for one week later.

However, a day before the meeting, Chua claimed he had to make an urgent business trip to China and called off the meeting, which was postponed to last Thursday. To the consternation of many, Chua switched his vote to Ramos after proposing that voting be by secret ballot. It was an obvious ploy to hide the identity of the man, who switched. There were even subsequent squid tactics to create doubts as to who really switched—Coca-Cola, Welcoat or Red Bull. But we have been in this game long enough to know. The result was that Ramos had a 5-4 advantage but again, the two sides stood firm. The result was that Sonny Barrios, who had extended his stint as officer-in-charge, was named commissioner.

Adding insult to injury, Chua as well as Trillo, said there were plans to turn the association into a corporation. In fact, the PBA had commissioned Sycip, Gorres and Velayo to do a study which hasn’t been completed as yet. They used this to soften the insult to Salud and Ramos by saying they could well be considered for the two top positions in the corporation. These nine gentlemen, after months of deliberation, maneuvering and even horse-trading couldn’t choose between two good men. Yet they want us to believe that such a major decision of turning the PBA into a corporation with all its tax implications and requirements of transparency could be achieved within a reasonable period of time. Who do they think they are fooling?

Beyond that, what gave them the impression that Salud and Ramos, whom they took for granted, would remain interested after the shabby manner in which they were treated. In fact, the two gentlemen were not even given the courtesy of being informed by Chua about the decision of the board naming Barrios and shunting them aside. They are perhaps under the mistaken notion that Salud and Ramos are salivating for the position of commissioner.

They have only to recall how many nominees initially withdrew to realize that the PBA commissionership is not that attractive any longer to good and decent men with a belief that integrity is non-negotiable although the board, in drawing up its criteria, allotted only 10 percent for integrity giving us an idea of how unimportant integrity was to some of them at least.*

Chua was quoted as saying there was no voting which is, to put it bluntly, a patent falsehood. One wonders what manner of men are these who would nominate one individual and then switch loyalties and to cap it all deny what went on? Is the public on which the PBA has depended for some 33 years not worthy of being told the truth? Is there no semblance of decency and integrity left in the PBA board of today?* How sad it is.


Mr. Ronnie's column is a proof of how the PBA is slowly losing its integrity.

While the board members are arguing over the issue of who should be the next commissioner, the league's gate attendance figures are dwindling.

Olat ang Cuneta Astrodome noong Linggo dahil wala na nga ang Ginebra.

Even the TV coverage's ratings are very low right now. No one wants to watch the PBA anymore kaya one per cent na lang ang rating, ayon kay Lambert Ramos.

Ramos also said that 50 per cent of the people watch Marimar now compared to the PBA.

Mahina kasi ang signal ng ABC. Their marketing for the PBA is poor.

The board members kasi have their own vested interests kaya Noli Eala was ousted.

I hope the new Commissioner will have broader powers. As it stands now, some board members are acting as if they're the commissioner.

Sam Miguel
01-22-2008, 03:24 PM
Welcome to the San Miguel Corporation invitational pro league! ;D

amdgc82
01-23-2008, 05:58 AM
http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/01232008/sports02.html

Barrios isn’t ‘the man’ at this point
By Joel Orellana
Reporter
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SONNY BARRIOS yesterday reiterated he has yet to fully accept his appointment as the seventh commissioner of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

And as the days drag before he gets to sit down with the PBA board as well as the league’s executive committee—not to mention a pending decision from his family in the United States—Barrios admitted it is not doing the league any good.

Barrios felt the issue about the league commissioner has been drawing a fair share of publicity with the Philippine Cup that is about to enter its crucial stage.

“The effect is not positive,” Barrios told the weekly Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum at the Shakey’s United Nations Avenue yesterday.

“Having to face the reality, it has been the ‘flavor of the month’ by our media friends. Instead of talking the quarterfinal series, gustong malaman din ng tao kung ano ba ang nangyayari sa isyu ng commissionership,” he said.

Barrios said he hopes that before the week ends, he will be able to sit down with the PBA executive board, led by chairman Tony Chua, to make clarifications about his tenure—that is if he accepts the job.

What’s keeping him from saying yes leans heavily on his family’s caregiver business in the US.

He said that being the officer-in-charge, being a permanent commissioner of the PBA has never crossed his mind.

“The board did not even bother to ask me kung paano ako ang i-appoint na commissioner. Frankly, I was disappointed when they made that decision,” Barrios stressed.

Besides Chua, Barrios said he would like to sit down with the other members of the executive committee—vice chairman Joaqui Trillo of Alaska, Robert Non of Barangay Ginebra and Lito Alvarez of Air21.

“What’s on the table right now is if I’ll accept a longer engagement or not? Mahirap din naman kasing iwan basta-basta ang PBA in this situation,” said Barrios.

Some long-term projects of the PBA are now left hanging as Barrios thought he would turn over those assignments either to Atty. Chito Salud, his personal choice, or Lambert Ramos.

amdgc82
01-23-2008, 06:00 AM
http://www.journal.com.ph/index.php?issue=2008-01-23&sec=7&aid=46826

Sonny B remains undecided*
*
AS of yesterday, Sonny Barrios remained unsure and undecided whether or not he would accept his designation as the new PBA commissioner.
* *
“It’s still in the balance,” said the business-minded basketball figure during the PSA Forum at Shakey’s along UN Avenue.
* *
Barrios, an old hand in the PBA, said he has yet to consult his family and his business partners regarding his recent appointment as the league’s seventh commissioner.
* *
The PBA board under chairman Tony Chua of Red Bull named Barrios the commissioner last week after it failed to make a choice between Lambert Ramos and Chito Salud.
* *
The board said it’s now up to Barrios whether or not he would accept the post or stay on until July, and wait for the board to break the long-drawn impasse.
* *
Salud, a lawyer, has withdrawn from the race, but this does not necessarily mean that Ramos, a top telecommunications executive, would get the job.
* *
Barrios said it’s such a pity that the board, after so many days of deliberation, has failed to choose between Salud and Ramos who are both capable of running the league.
* *
Barrios said he’s not even sure what’s taking the board so long to decide.
* *
“I cannot speak for the board. How I wish they had resolved this. Hindi na dapat nagka-ganoon. With the prestige and know-how that these gentlemen carry with them, they should have come up with a resolution,” he said.
* *
“When they named me OIC (officer-in-charge) last August, it happened because I was the only one who didn’t want to stay long. And now they are asking me to stay longer. I have to resolve this.”
* *
Barrios said if he declines the position that was vacated by Noli Eala last year, he would go down in PBA history as the commissioner with the shortest tenure.
* *
“If I don’t accept it I think it will be very hard for anybody to beat my record as the shortest tenure as commissioner of only one and a half months,” he said laughing.
* *
“I need to consult not only my family but my business partners as well. And they happen to be my brothers. I also want a consultation with the members of the executive committee Tony Chua, Joaqui Trillo, Robert Non and Ricky Vargas,” he added.

amdgc82
01-23-2008, 06:04 AM
http://www.malaya.com.ph/jan23/spor2.htm

Barrios still pondering things

FOUR days after being named as the pro league’s seventh commissioner, Sonny Barrios still has to decide whether he would accept the job.

"It’s still in the balance," Barrios said in yesterday’s PSA Forum at Shakey’s Restaurant along UN Avenue.

Barrios, an old hand in the PBA, said he has yet to consult his family and his business partners regarding his recent appointment.

The PBA Board under Chairman Tony Chua of Red Bull named Barrios as the replacement of the resigned Noli Eala last Thursday after failing to make a choice between Lambert Ramos and Chito Salud.

If Barrios decides accept his appointment, he will stay only until July when the 33rd season of the league ends.

Salud, a lawyer, has withdrawn from the race, but this does not necessarily mean Ramos, a telecommunications executive, would get the job.

Barrios said it’s a pity the board, after so many days of deliberation, failed to choose between Salud and Ramos who, he stressed, are both capable of running the league.

Barrios said he’s not even sure what’s taking the board so long to decide.

"I cannot speak for the board. How I wish they had resolved this. Hindi na dapat nagka-ganoon. With the prestige and know-how these gentlemen carry with them, they should have come up with a resolution," he said.

"When they named me officer-in-charge last August, it happened because I was the only one who didn’t want to stay long. And now they are asking me to stay longer. I have to resolve this."

Barrios said if he declines the position vacated by Eala last year, he would go down in PBA history as the commissioner with the shortest tenure.

"I need to consult not only my family but my business partners as well. And they happen to be my brothers. I also want a consultation with the members of the executive committee –Tony Chua, Joaqui Trillo, Robert Non and Ricky Vargas," he added.

amdgc82
01-23-2008, 06:11 AM
http://www.mb.com.ph/SPRT20080123115160.html

Barrios continues to be puzzled by PBA move
By WAYLON GALVEZ

UNTIL NOW, even Sonny Barrios remains puzzled with the PBA Board of Governors’ failure to break the impasse in choosing between marketing man Lambert Ramos and lawyer Chito Salud as league commissioner.

In a move that surprised everybody, members of the board agreed to offer the position to Barrios, who was given until this week to decide whether or not he will accept the top post.

Barrios, however, has to consult his family and business partners before making a final decision.

"It’s still in the balance," said Barrios.

The decision of the board to offer Barrios the plum position also drew mixed reactions from the basketball community.

"When they named me OIC (Officer-in-Charge) last August, it happened, because I was the only one who didn’t want to stay long," Barrios said yesterday during the PSA Forum at the Shakey’s UN Ave., Manila.

"And now they are asking me to stay longer. I have to resolve this," Barrios added.

According to him, he has no idea what really transpired during the board meeting chaired by Red Bull’s Tony Chua last Thursday at the PBA Office.

Although he admitted that he was actually hoping that Salud, son of former commissioner Ruy Salud whom he got as legal adviser when he was named OIC, be named as the seventh commissioner of the league.

Apparently disgusted by the turn of events, Salud withdrew his name from consideration.

Barrios was left clueless with the decision of the board.

"They never bothered to ask me because they know and it was obvious who my preference was," he said, adding that even Ramos, currently the NEXTEL chief, knows that he was for Salud.

The board reportedly had three secret balloting all of which ended 5-4 in favor of Ramos. A candidate must get the required 2/3 vote or six of nine from the voting members to get the commissionership.

After three ballotings, when it appared that none would change sides, Chua called off the voting that led to a resolution Prior to the secret balloting, it was Salud who had the upperhand until one member "jumpshipped."

Sources said it was Chua who suggested that Barrios be elevated from OIC to commissioner. The board has announced that Barrios’ term is only up to the end of Season or until July 25.

"How I wish they had resolved this. Hindi na dapat nagka-ganoon," Barrios said. "With the prestige and know-how that these gentlemen carry with them, they should have come up with a resolution."

Barrios said he will ask for a meeting with Chua, Joaqui Trillo of Alaska (board vice chairman) and Robert Non of Ginebra (treasurer) to discuss several important matters concerning the offer.

Barrios, who has served the PBA for 18 years in different capacities, was named OIC last August for just one conference when Noli Eala resigned following his disbarment.

amdgc82
01-23-2008, 06:13 AM
http://sports.inquirer.net/breakingnews/breakingnews/view/20080123-114167/PBA-commish-position-left-with-no-takers

PBA commish position left with no takers
By Musong R. Castillo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 02:52:00 01/23/2008

MANILA, Philippines -- The position for Philippine Basketball Association commissioner used to be one of the most contested slots in the basketball landscape. The league’s board of governors even had to trim the list of candidates to just two before voting.

But after failing to come up with a winner and then promoting instead a reluctant officer-in-charge, the league has found itself in a quandary as far as the commissioner’s post is concerned: There are suddenly no takers.

First, early favorite Chito Salud withdrew from the race, and his rival, Lambert Ramos, aired his apprehensions about being available by July, when the board said it would make a final decision.

And then, Renauld “Sonny” Barrios, recently promoted from his duties as OIC to full-time commissioner, did not exactly jump at the opportunity that he suddenly found before him. Instead, he has asked to be given the chance to give it serious consideration.

Barrios said he is still evaluating his options on whether or not to accept the post for a long-term basis.

Saying that “family comes first than the PBA,” he said he will only accept the post “if I can find a way so that they (family and PBA) can co-exist without me reneging on my obligation to my family.

“If I accept (the job), then we will go by tradition, and that is that I will serve at the pleasure of the board,” Barrios said. “It’s not a question of liking or disliking, it’s more of a question of availability (for me).”

Barrios said that he will have an answer by Thursday or Friday after he meets with members of the executive committee.

amdgc82
01-23-2008, 06:20 AM
http://www.tribune.net.ph/sports/20080123spo2.html

Barrios still undecided on ‘short’ PBA offer
01/23/2008

As of yesterday, Sonny Barrios remained unsure and undecided whether he would accept his designation as the new Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) commissioner.

“It’s still in the balance,” said the business-minded basketball figure during the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum at Shakey’s along UN Avenue.

Barrios, an old hand in the PBA, said he has yet to consult his family and his business partners regarding his recent appointment as the league’s seventh commissioner.

The PBA board under chairman Tony Chua of Red Bull named Barrios the commissioner last week after it failed to make a choice between Lambert Ramos and Chito Salud.

The board said it’s now up to Barrios whether he would accept the post or stay on until July, and wait for the board to break the long-drawn impasse.

Salud, a lawyer, has withdrawn from the race, but this does not necessarily mean that Ramos, a top telecommunications executive, would get the job.

Barrios said it’s such a pity that the board, after so many days of deliberation, has failed to choose between Salud and Ramos who are both capable of running the league.

Barrios said he’s not even sure what’s taking the board so long to decide.

“I cannot speak for the board. How I wish they had resolved this. Hindi na dapat nagka-ganoon. With the prestige and know-how that these gentlemen carry with them, they should have come up with a resolution,” he said.

“When they named me OIC (officer-in-charge) last August, it happened because I was the only one who didn’t want to stay long. And now they are asking me to stay longer. I have to resolve this.”

Barrios said if he declines the position that was vacated by Noli Eala last year, he would go down in PBA history as the commissioner with the shortest tenure.

“If I don’t accept it I think it will be very hard for anybody to beat my record as the shortest tenure as commissioner of only one-and-a-half months,” he said laughing.

“I need to consult not only my family but my business partners as well. And they happen to be my brothers. I also want a consultation with the members of the executive committee Tony Chua, Joaqui Trillo, Robert Non and Ricky Vargas,” he added.

amdgc82
01-23-2008, 06:21 AM
http://www.philstar.com/index.php?Sports&p=49&type=2&sec=30&aid=20080122122

Ramos losing interest, too; Barrios unsure
By Abac Cordero
Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Even Sonny Barrios, who is being offered the job of commissioner on a silver platter, is puzzled why the PBA board failed to break the impasse regarding candidates Lambert Ramos and Chito Salud.

“I cannot speak for the board. But I wish they had resolved this. Hindi na dapat nagka-ganoon,” said Barrios, still unsure whether or not he would accept the job a lot of people would die for.

“With the prestige and know-how that these gentlemen (board members) carry with them, they should have come up with a resolution,” he said during yesterday’s PSA Forum.

The PBA board under chairman Tony Chua of Red Bull named Barrios the commissioner last week after it failed to make a choice between Ramos and Salud who are both qualified for the job.

Barrios can accept the post, stay on until July or wait, hope and pray that the board finally breaks the long-drawn impasse.

Salud, a brilliant lawyer, has withdrawn from the race, while Ramos, a top telecommunications executive, said he can’t wait too long.

“If it happens within a month, I’m still available. But if I have to wait up to July, it’s too long,” said Ramos. “I’m still the Nextel president. I’ve received couples of good job offers from other companies. I can’t prolong my decision. I owe Nextel an explanation.”

Barrios sounded like he’s not going to accept the job as full-time commissioner.

“It’s in the balance,” he said.

“I’m sure that in due time we can find many capable men to lead the league.”

He said the failure of the board to resolve the matter despite so many hours, days and weeks of deliberation might have some effect on the league.

“Definitely it’s not positive,” was his answer. – With reports from Nelson Beltran

gameface_one
01-23-2008, 08:32 AM
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amdgc82
01-24-2008, 05:12 AM
http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/01242008/sports04.html

It’s official: Barrios is PBA commissioner
By Joel Orellana
Reporter
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SONNY BARRIOS has finally accepted the offer for him to sit as the Philippine Basketball Association’s (PBA) seventh commissioner.

Barrios informed the expanded PBA executive committee yesterday morning that he is finally accepting the offer after consulting his family and business partners abroad.

“I told them that I am making myself available [past] of this ongoing Philippine Cup which was the original engagement of mine as officer in charge,” said Barrios in a hastily called press conference at the Cuneta Astrodome.

“That means that I’ll be the commissioner of the PBA and I’ll serve the league on the pleasure of the board,” Barrios added. “I’ll stay in office as long as I have the trust and confidence of the board.”

The league was in a quandary after the board failed to resolve the impasse in choosing between lawyer Chito Salud and marketing man Lambert Ramos and instead appointed as commissioner Barrios, who was ready to leave the league the moment his tenure as OIC ends after the ongoing conference.

But his love for the league prevailed and the 59-year-old Barrios, who served the PBA for almost 18 years before stepping down at the end of 2002 when the late commissioner Jun Bernardino also resigned because of health reasons, has reached the pinnacle in the executive aspect of the PBA.

“I hope that this clarifies the pending issue on commissionership. I’m now looking forward to work with you in days or years to come,” he said.

Barrios officially became the league’s seventh commissioner after founding head Leo Prieto (1975-1983), Mariano Yenko (1984-1987), Rudy Salud (1988-1992), Ret Marquez (1992-1993), Bernardino (1993-2002) and Noli Eala (2003-2007).

Barrios said he accepted the post because he does not want the league to remain “in limbo” if he sticks to his original plan of stepping down after the All-Filipino tournament.

“My family has been very supportive of me but they threw back the question to me na kung hindi ko tatanggapin, ano ang mangyayari sa PBA? And I don’t have answers for that and it’s practically incumbent upon [to accept it],” said Barrios.

“And I don’t really want to leave the league hanging or in disarray,” he added. “So, as long I want to stay and the board says I’ll stay, I’ll be the commissioner of the PBA.”

He asked for one request to the board though and that is for him to go to the United States during the season break to settle certain things in his family’s caregiver business. “Pumayag naman sila pero kapag bakasyon ang liga,” he said.

With the issue on commissionership now settled, Barrios stressed that it’s time to focus on the ongoing tournament.

He buckles down to work this Monday as the board holds its regular meeting with Butch Jimenez, a television executive, and Basketball Association of the Philippines-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (BAP-SBP) executive director Patrick Gregorio discussing separate agenda.

Jimenez will enlighten the board on the bidding for the new television coveror as the contract of ABC 5 expires at the end of the 33rd season. Gregorio will update the board on the development on the national team particularly on the role of the PBA.

Barrios is also planning to revive the three-conference format next season. “But I have to sell that again to the board,” he said.

amdgc82
01-24-2008, 05:25 AM
http://www.journal.com.ph/index.php?issue=2008-01-24&sec=7&aid=47060
January 24, 2008 08:30 PM Thursday*

Finally, Sonny says yes to PBA Board *
By: Zean Macamay*

SAYING that he wouldn’t want to leave the league he served for 18 long years ‘headless,’ Renauld ‘Sonny’ Barrios yesterday officially accepted the post as PBA commissioner* for an indefinite term.
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Barrios relayed his decision to go beyond the end of the league’s 33rd season to the members of the Executive Committee made up of Chairman Tony Chua of Red Bull, Alaska Joaqui Trillo (vice-chairman), treasurer Robert Non of Ginebra and invited guest Ricky Vargas of Talk ‘N Text in a meeting yestersday.
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“I have made myself available past this ongoing Philippine Cup, which was the original engagement of mine as OIC. So long as I want to stay, and the Board wants me to stay, I stay as commissioner,” said Barrios.
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The announcement wasn’t really stunning or surprising. Barrios was already named commissioner last Jan. 17 when the Board failed to break the deadlock between Atty. Chito Salud and Lambert Ramos.
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Upon promotion, what he merely asked was for a few days time to consult close friends and family members over the matter.
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In the end, it only looked like he had no other choice.
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“I think it was practically incumbent upon me to accept,” he said. “I don’t want the office (commissioner’s) to be in disarray and headless. And I had no other option to recommend to the Board.”
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And there was no objection, too, coming from his family. All Barrios wanted, which the Board agreed to, was for him to leave the country during PBA breaks to attend to his business in Sacramento, U.S. where his two brothers are his business partners.
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“The family is really supportive,” Barrios said. “Modesty aside, ang trabaho dito ay hindi na bago sa atin. I’ve been here for a long time before.”
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The one thing Barrios is concerned right now is the creation of a legal staff. His former personal legal counsel, Salud, had already backed out a day after Barrios was named commissioner.
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By accepting an indefinite term, Barrios now is free to roll on the programs he had in mind when he was still OIC.
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Among those programs that are in need of immediate attention, according to him, are the games currently being played in the Smart-PBA Philippine Cup, the TV contract which expires at the end of the season in July, the PBA’s role in the national team program and finally, the format.
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Personally, Barrios said that he favors bringing the league back to the three-conference set-up, the system the league had when it was enjoying its glory years.
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“That is only my personal opinion, and I have to prove that to the board,” he said.
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As far as the much longer programs are concerned, foremost in Barrios’ agenda is fulfilling the dream of the league having its own coliseum. The expansion of the PBA in terms of members was also brought up, but Barrios said that at the moment, there is no hot applicant.
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On Monday, Barrios will preside over a meeting together with the board where the PBA will have resource persons in Butch Jimenez, a person with an extensive background in television, and Patrick Gregorio, who will speak about the developments happening in the BAP-SBP.

amdgc82
01-24-2008, 05:30 AM
http://www.malaya.com.ph/jan24/spor1.htm

Barrios finally says: I accept
BY NOLI CORTEZ

RENAULD "Sonny" Barrios doesn’t want the league he has served for more than 18 years to continue without a permanent commissioner, so he has accepted the job.

Barrios announced this yesterday, lifting the veil of apprehension that has been draped over the league since Noli Eala resigned last August.

Hour after announcing decision to the pro league’s executive committee composed of chairman Tony Chua, vice-chairman Joaqui Trillo and treasurer Robert Non, as well as past chairman Ricky Vargas, he formally bared his acceptance before the media in a press conference at the Astrodome.

"I have informed them that I am making myself available even after the Philippine Cup, which was the original engagement of mine as officer-in-charge," said Barrios. "Henceforth, I will be commissioner and serve under the pleasure of the board."

Barrios, 59, first served the league in 1984, retired in 2002, and cast his lot for the commissionership before the 2003-04 season. The board, however, chose Eala.

When Eala left, Barrios was tapped to serve as OIC for the Philippine Cup, with the understanding he will then leave to attend to a family business in Sacramento, California, right after the conference. He was offered the post when the PBA Board failed to choose between lawyer Chito Salud and businessman Lambert Ramos last Thursday.

Barrios related he has consulted his family and friends, and maintained they were very supportive.

But his decision to accept the job was influenced mostly by the question of what will happen to the PBA without a commissioner.

"I think it was practically incumbent upon me to accept. I don’t want the (Commissioner’s) Office to be in disarray and headless and I don’t have no other option of a personality to recommend to the board as OIC," he said.

As such, Barrios is now set on holding on to the post.

"I will have no fixed term, as long as it’s pleasurable to them (governors) and I enjoy their trust and confidence. I hope that clarifies the pending issue regarding the commissionership and I look forward to working with you in days, maybe years ahead," he said.

Prior to that, however, he has asked the governors to give him time after the Philippine Cup to visit the family project, a care home for the developmentally disabled. "Kailangang-kailangan kasing puntahan at alalayan ang project doon. Bago pa lang kasi and still experiencing birth pains," he explained.

Otherwise, there is little that will detract him from seeing to the league’s current daily operations, as well as charting the PBA path in the coming years. Already, he bared he is inclined to propose a return to the three-conference-a-year format abandoned starting with the 2006 season. On Monday, he will be present during a board meeting that will primarily tackle the league’s next television broadcast partner, as well as the relationships between the PBA’s programs and those of the BAP-Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas.

amdgc82
01-24-2008, 05:32 AM
http://www.mb.com.ph/SPRT20080124115225.html

Barrios accepts PBA post
By WAYLON GALVEZ

FROM NOW on, call him Commissioner Renauld “Sonny” Barrios. This after Barrios formally accepted the position offered him by the PBA Board of Governors to become the seventh commissioner of Asia’s first play-for-pay league.

"I have informed the expanded executive committee (that) I am making myself available (as commissioner)," Barrios said in a press briefing at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.

"In other words, there was no fixed term involved in our talks, as long as it’s pleasurable to them (board), I’ll stay in the office as long as I enjoy their trust and confidence."

Barrios held a consultation meeting with members of the exec com headed by board chairman Tony Chua of Red Bull at the Shangri-La Plaza Hotel. Also present during the meeting were vice chairman Joaqui Trillo of Alaska, treasurer Robert Non of Barangay Ginebra and last season’s chairman Ricky Vargas of Talk ’N Text.

"I hope that this clarifies the pending issue regarding the commissionership, and I look forward to working with the PBA in the days ahead, or maybe years ahead," Barrios, who will turn 60 on Mar. 4, said.

"We want to focus on the games," he said. "It’s the quarterfinals (Philippine Cup), then the semifinals and the finals."

Last week, the board, following another impasse on the choice between lawyer Chito Salud and marketing expert and NEXTEL chief Lambert Ramos, offered the position to Barrios, who was the Officer-In-Charge (OIC) at that time.

The board’s offer then was only until the end of the 2007-08 Season or only up to July 25.

It took Barrios nearly a week to come up with a decision because he had to consult his wife Becky, three children and two brothers, Norman and Leo, who are his business partners in the United States.

Barrios and his brothers put up a home care service in Sacramento early last year, but the board recalled him last August when he was appointed OIC following Noli Eala’s resignation due to disbarment.

"The pending element of my decision was basically a personal one on availability (of relatives), and that took sometime because the people I have to talk to are overseas," he said. "Dun sa professional side, a question to which I had no answer influenced my decision. Kung hindi ba tatanggapin ni Sonny B, anong mangyayari sa opisina (Commissioner’s Office)."

"Since I had no answer, I felt it was practically incumbent upon me to accept because I didn’t want to leave the office hanging or in disarray because it will become headless, and I had no option or in terms of a personality to recommend to the board even as an OIC," Barrios added.

The tenure of Barrios, who started working in the league in various capacities from 1984 to 2002 and was among the candidates when the PBA searched for a commissioner six years ago, was like the one his predecessors had during their respective terms.

Barrios joins the group that include Leo Prieto, the late Mariano Yenko, Rudy Salud, the father of Chito Salud, Rey Marquez, the late Jun Bernardino and Eala.

"Yun naman yung clarification natin, we want to maintain the traditional outlook of the commissioner," he said. "I can go tomorrow if the board wishes so. As long as I want to stay, or the board wants me to stay, I’ll be the commissioner."

"The family really is very supportive, ako naman daw ang nakaka-alam, ang trabaho dito hindi naman bago sa atin. While I’m here, basta hindi sasabog ‘yung project namin dun," Barrios added.

The board will meet on Monday to discuss two important things — the TV coverage and the league’s participation in international tournaments.

The board has invited two resource persons in PLDT official Butch Jimenez to talk about the TV coverage as the contract with ABC 5 will expire at season’s end, as well as SBP executive director Patrick Gregorio, who will present the program for the men’s basketball team.

amdgc82
01-24-2008, 05:39 AM
http://www.tribune.net.ph/sports/20080124spo4.html

Barrios accepts commissionership
01/24/2008

Renauld “Sonny” Barrios doesn’t want the league he has served for more than 18 years without a commissioner, so he has accepted the job.

Barrios announced this yesterday, fully lifting the veil of apprehension that has been draped over the league since Noli Eala resigned in early August.

He first announced his decision in the morning to the executive committee, composed of chairman Tony Chua, vice chairman Joaqui Trillo and treasurer Robert Non, as well as past chairman Ricky Vargas before formally baring the news in the afternoon.

“I have informed them that I am making myself available past this ongoing Philippine Cup, which was the original engagement of mine as officer-in-charge (OIC),” Barrios said.

“Henceforth, I will be commissioner and serve under the pleasure of the board.”

Barrios, 59, first entered the league in 1984, retired in 2002 and tried out for the commissionership before the 2003 to 2004 season.

When Eala left, Barrios was tapped to serve as OIC for the Philippine Cup, with the understanding he will then leave to attend to a family business in Sacramento, California.

But then he was offered the post when the PBA Board failed to choose between lawyer Chito Salud and businessman Lambert Ramos last Thursday.

Barrios related he has consulted his family and friends, and maintained they were very supportive.

But his decision to accept the job was influenced most by the question of what will happen to the PBA without a commissioner.

“I think it was practically incumbent upon me to accept. I don’t want the (Commissioner’s) Office to be in disarray and headless and I don’t have no other option of a personality to recommend to the board as OIC,” he said.

As such, Barrios is now set to holding the post in the immediate future.

amdgc82
01-24-2008, 05:44 AM
http://sports.inquirer.net/inquirersports/inquirersports/view/20080124-114403/Barrios-accepts-key-PBA-position

Barrios accepts key PBA position
By Musong R. Castillo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 01:42:00 01/24/2008

MANILA, Philippines -- Renauld “Sonny” Barrios made himself available Wednesday to an indefinite term as commissioner of the Philippine Basketball Association.

The 59-year-old graduate of business studies at the Ateneo de Manila University informed the league’s board of his decision to accept the post of commissioner beyond the current Philippine Cup after making adjustments in his schedule.

Barrios, the former PBA executive director, thus becomes the league’s seventh commissioner, joining the ranks of such illustrious names such as Leo Prieto Jr., lawyer Rodrigo Salud and the late Mariano Yenko and Jun Bernardino.

The others who served before him were Rey Marquez for two years until 1994, and Noli Eala, who resigned last August.

“I felt it was practically incumbent upon me to accept because I didn’t want to leave the office hanging headless,” said Barrios, who said that he would now “sell” the return of a three-conference format to the board.

“My family has been very supportive, the board has been very supportive,” Barrios said when asked how he planned to juggle his time between his PBA job and helping run his family’s business interests in the United States.

On top of the things to be addressed by Barrios, aside from the rest of the tournament, is the television coverage with ABC 5’s contract set to expire at the end of the year.

A board meeting scheduled for Monday will feature Butch Jimenez, a veteran television man, as a resource speaker who will talk about the finer points of the new contract the league will have.

The continued participation of the PBA in helping the national team will also be discussed.

Barrios, earlier named officer-in-charge, was promoted when the board failed to break a deadlock between lawyer Chito Salud and businessman Lambert Ramos.

amdgc82
01-24-2008, 05:46 AM
http://www.philstar.com/index.php?Sports&p=49&type=2&sec=30&aid=20080123153

Barrios named PBA commish
By Nelson Beltran
Thursday, January 24, 2008

Renauld “Sonny” Barrios has officially become the seventh commissioner of the Philippine Basketball Association, announcing his acceptance of the job offer in a meeting with the PBA executive board yesterday.

After much thought, Barrios felt it’s incumbent upon him to accept the offer as he couldn’t find other options to recommend to the board.

“One PBA staff asked me what would happen to the office of commissioner if I don’t accept the job. Since I had no answer, the question helped influence me to accept the position. I don’t want to leave the office like a headless chicken,” said Barrios.

Barrios and the executive board headed by Tony Chua agreed that the commissioner would serve at the pleasure of the board without a fixed term.

On Thursday, the board, after failing to choose between candidates Chito Salud and Lambert Ramos, decided instead to promote Barrios from officer-in-charge to full-time commissioner but only up to the end of the current season.

“That has been clarified. We want to maintain the traditional outlook on the commissioner’s appointment. There should be no fixed term. The commissioner will serve at the pleasure of the board. He can serve for one day or up to 100 years,” said Barrios.

“Actually, it comes both ways. The commissioner can ask to step down just like what commissioners Leo Prieto, Rudy Salud, Mariano Yenko, Rey Marquez and Jun Bernardino did. The late Jun B stepped down because he’s sick. I have my own reason when the time comes. In the meantime, as long as I want to stay and the board wants me to stay, I have to stay. The two come together,” Barrios added.

Barrios, who’s turning 60 on March 4, became the league’s seventh commissioner after Prieto, Yenko, Salud, Marquez, Bernardino and Noli Eala.

He’s hoping he could now focus on the job for the current season with the search for the new commissioner over.

Among his immediate concerns are the bidding for the next TV contract, the league’s role in the formation of the national team and possible return of the three-conference format next year.

“The three-conference format is my personal preference. I have to sell that to the board for possible use in the 08-09 season under chairman Joaqui Trillo,” said Barrios.

bigfreeze_bibby
01-24-2008, 08:54 AM
Mas gusto ko pa rin yung three conference format. Mas may bragging rights for a grand slam and this makes the PBA more exciting to watch. It's just my take though. Sana may mangyari sa balak ni commish Sonny.

tigerman
01-24-2008, 01:09 PM
^ I beg to disagree.

Besides, the PBA changed its format in order to accomodate its obligation to the country.





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bigfreeze_bibby
01-24-2008, 04:53 PM
Pre, before the PBA players are also playing for flag and country (and we are winning medals at that, either silver or bronze) with the three conference format so I don't think magiging issue ito kung sakaling ibalik yan.

tigerman
01-24-2008, 06:43 PM
But the 2-conference format is more fit to the training of the national team than the 3-conference format.

We're slowly going out of topic. ;D

Anyway, I wonder kung ano nakapagpabago sa isip ni Barrios. He was all set to go with his family for their busines then all of a sudden he decided to stick with the PBA.




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