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Liga Pilipinas
01-10-2010, 10:47 PM
THERE IS a proposed merger between Liga Pilipinas and the Philippine Basketball League. Are you in favor of that?

Liga Pilipinas
01-12-2010, 12:21 PM
Note: The following articles are from independent external sources and does not necessarily reflect the official stand of Liga Pilipinas, Pinoy Basketbol Incorporated (PBI) and Pinoy Basketbol Management Incorporated (PBMI).
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PBA supports PBL-Liga Pilipinas merger
By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 00:39:00 01/12/2010


A MERGER BETWEEN THE PHILIPPINE Basketball League (PBL) and Liga Pilipinas started to take shape Monday, with no less than the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) pushing for the union of the two commercial leagues.

“We think that the two leagues can work together,” PBL commissioner Chino Trinidad said after his initial talks with representatives of the PBA and Liga Pilipinas yesterday.

“Liga will retain its personality as a regional league, while the PBL will also retain its own personality as a developmental league,” added Trinidad. “Even the PBA stands to benefit (from the merger).”

Joining Trinidad in the “first round of talks” were Liga president and CEO Noli Eala, PBA chair Lito Alvarez and Liga technical chief Perry Martinez.

Alvarez said the merger, targeted for a February or March kickoff, can also help improve the leagues’ officiating.

“Admittedly, we see opportunities for improvement at the referees’ rank,” said Alvarez. “We can have a training academy and the best performers can look forward to officiating in the PBA.”

“We’re looking at the relevance of the merger in the Philippine basketball landscape,” added Trinidad.

“If the two leagues become one, will it become more vibrant? It does not follow that if the merger becomes a reality, it will indeed be stronger. So we’re carefully looking at the rationale behind the merger.”

Trinidad said the summary of yesterday’s talks will be presented to the respective league’s board members, before their next meeting on Jan. 25.

“We complement each other,” said Alvarez. “We can have some PBA teams adopt PBL and Liga teams. We can lend some of our assistant coaches or even our excess players, for them to have a decent exposure.”

abcdef
01-16-2010, 11:11 PM
Agree ako dito! pero mawawala na yung experience factor ng mga college teams na sumasali sa PBL . . .

Liga Pilipinas
01-17-2010, 09:30 PM
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More last goodbyes
SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin Henson (The Philippine Star) Updated January 17, 2010 12:00 AM




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PBL commissioner Chino Trinidad confirmed the other day that talks to merge the 27-year-old league with Liga Pilipinas are ongoing. An initial meeting to discuss the parameters of a possible “working relationship” was held in Makati last Monday with PBA chairman Lito Alvarez presiding and Trinidad with SBP executive director Noli Eala and SBP technical manager Perry Martinez attending.

The next meeting is scheduled on Jan. 25.

Trinidad said if not for the PBL”s resiliency, it would’ve folded up with the recent exit of Harbour Centre, Hapee Toothpaste and Magnolia.

“We’re a survivor,” said Trinidad. “Any other league would’ve collapsed. But we’re still alive. We’ll be ready to open our new season on Feb. 13. We’re sticking with our age limit of 25 but we’re opening our doors to ex-pros from the PBA and ABL for as long as they’re within the age limit.” Trinidad said the PBL will be bannered by at least five teams.

Trinidad is the PBL’s eighth commissioner after Joe Pavia, Moying Martelino, Andy Jao, Ogie Narvasa, Philip Juico, Charlie Favis and Yeng Guiao. Trinidad became the PBL commissioner in 2000.


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In Huddle
Frustrated murder raps shock Ginebra assistant coach
By Beth Celis
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 23:43:00 01/16/2010


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Although he seriously considered the possibility of a merger between the Philippine Basketball League and the Liga Pilipinas, in the end PBL commissioner Chino Trinidad decided that the proposed integration would not work.

The PBL had a different form and a different thrust, according to him.

Chino said the PBL is not unlike a farm league because most of its players come from the collegiate ranks. They are very young and full of promise.

The Liga, on the other hand, is like a last stop league, where more mature and experienced players end up.

Incidentally, why is everyone secretly talking about the recent appointment of Frankie Lim as Smart-Gilas team manager replacing Noli Eala?

Although SBP vice chair Ricky Vargas said Eala was replaced because he has to attend to more important concerns as SBP executive director, the buzz is, the move was prompted by more sensitive issues.

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james_ty
01-19-2010, 01:27 PM
From the grapevine, I heard that Frankie Lim and Chot Reyes were not seeing eye-to-eye at the TNT camp, which is why Lim was replaced as Texters manager.

McCoy
01-20-2010, 07:53 AM
No way, paaano yun mga collegiate player na naglalaro sa PBL. ano magiging status nila? collegiate/amateur player or professional player na?
na kay Chino Trinidad ang problema kaya siguro dapat palitan na sya ng PBL commisssioner. Ipalit yun tututok talaga sa PBL. suggestion ko si coach Ato Badolato, w/ coach Aric Del Rosario at Joey Lim maganda at maayos nila napapatakbo ang Fr. Martin Cup.

Tiburcio
01-20-2010, 12:21 PM
The merger is good for Philippine basketball on the following reasons:

1. The Liga is basically home-and-away games so that the fans in the provinces can see their players in reality.(The presumption here is that the merged League retains the home-and-away format);

2. The Liga will be corrected on its pretense that it is an amateur basketball association. The age limit in PBL, that is, the 23 year-old cut-off, must be enforced in the merged League; and

3. The playing opportunity of our ever-increasing number of promising players, especially those coming from the provinces, will be widened.

Let every basketball league flourish and blossom! Onward the scientific advancement of Philippine basketball!

Liga Pilipinas
01-20-2010, 03:48 PM
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In Huddle
Will PBA uphold TNT victory?
By Beth Celis
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 22:31:00 01/19/2010


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PBL commissioner Chino Trinidad informed us last Sunday that he had just accepted an assignment from GMA-7 to cover Manny Pacquiao’s training in Los Angeles for his fight against Joshua Clottey on March 13.

“I will be away for two months,” said Chino who was one of the godfathers during the christening of Mary Chloe Ruby, youngest daughter of Jacque and Pia Ruby.

Chino made it clear that he was not abandoning the PBL. He just needs something to do while the league is inactive.

Meanwhile, Chino’s deputy Butch Maniego disclosed that he is also inclined to accept a managerial position in a call center that was offered to him.

“We will report back to the PBL as soon as it becomes operational,” said Butch and Chino who both confirmed that a merger between the PBL and the Liga Pilipinas was not feasible.

“Mahirap mag-merge ang dalawang mahinang liga (Two weak leagues cannot merge),” Butch explained.

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Liga Pilipinas
01-30-2010, 12:49 AM
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PBL-Liga merger talks ongoing
By Joaquin Henson (The Philippine Star) Updated January 30, 2010 12:00 AM


MANILA, Philippines - A second meeting was held in Makati the other day to pursue a possible merger between the Philippine Basketball League (PBL) and Liga Pilipinas with PBA chairman Lito Alvarez, SBP executive director Noli Eala, PBL commissioner Chino Trinidad, SBP deputy executive director Bernie Atienza and SBP technical director Perry Martinez coming together to discuss a modus vivendi.

Trinidad said he will bring up the concept of a proposed merger to the PBL Board, chaired by Jappy Pascual, in a meeting this Tuesday. Aside from Pascual, others expected to attend are representatives of San Miguel Corp., Harbour Centre, Hapee Toothpaste, Toyota Otis and Burger King-Air21.

“We’re at the stage of rationalizing a merger, whether it will benefit both leagues,” said Trinidad. “We’re not even into discussing the issues of difference which include Liga’s regional thrust and our commercial orientation and the age disparity of players. Definitely, the merger talks are alive. We in the PBL aren’t closing the doors to a merger. But our immediate priority is to keep our own league alive. A merger won’t make sense if the PBL, or Liga for that matter, has nothing to offer on the table.”

Trinidad said the PBL is determined to push through with its season-opening conference on Feb. 13 at the San Juan Arena. It will kick-start the campaign and lead into the next conference on April 11.

At the moment, Trinidad disclosed that he’s optimistic of playing eight teams in the first conference----Ascof Lagundi, Cobra Energy Drink, Excel Coil, Admix, Agri Nurture Corp., Fern-C, Cossack Vodka and Pharex B Complex. Pascual Laboratories owns Ascof Lagundi and Pharex B Complex while Asia Brewery is fielding Cobra and Cassock as sister teams.

The new franchises include Admix which markets a tile adhesive, Agri Nurture which is a large vegetable wholesaler and Fern-C which is a vitamin endorsed by the PBA.

“We’ve got six entries and two supplementals as Pharex and Asia Brewery are bringing in a second team each,” said Trinidad. “We might even be able to convince our teams on leave to reactivate, like Harbour, Hapee, San Miguel and Toyota Otis. We’re still not out of the woods. We still don’t know if we’ll survive the next two to three years. We’re just looking at this season. This may be a band-aid solution but if we’re able to cross the bridge this year, our future will be secure.”

Trinidad said Eala mentioned during the last meeting that San Miguel Corp. and PLDT-Smart will support a merger.

“Anytime you get an assurance of support from Mr. (Ramon) Ang and Mr. (Manny) Pangilinan, you’re on solid ground,” continued Trinidad. “There are certainly long-term repercussions if their support is guaranteed. We’ll be assured of subsidy for our operating costs and a TV contract. The merger will also allow us to expand. But first things first. I’ve got to present the idea to our Board and if there is approval, then we will begin to work on the details of a merger. I’m just a conduit in the negotiations. The PBL Board will decide whether or not to pursue a merger.”

Trinidad said it’s possible that the PBL second conference and Liga’s next tournament could open side by side on April 11.

“We could do parallel conferences and PBL teams could participate in a Liga leg in Metro Manila with the PBL champion facing the Liga champion in a super title series,” said Trinidad. “Arranging a working relationship shouldn’t be difficult. The important thing is we agree on basic principles and the merger is mutually beneficial.”

Trinidad said in hammering out the details of a merger, pride shouldn’t be in the equation.

“If this is good for Philippine basketball, then we shouldn’t hesitate to swallow our pride in pushing for the merger, assuming pride is involved,” said Trinidad. “Personally, I can’t see a hindrance to working together. It’s a matter of finding the middle ground. If the PBL Board agrees, then by all means, let’s establish a relationship between the two leagues, conceptualize, rationalize and take it a step further.

Liga Pilipinas
02-13-2010, 12:06 PM
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PBL, Liga Pilipinas merger talks still on
Friday, February 12, 2010

By Rommel C. Manlosa


THE talks of a merger between the Philippine Basketball League and the fledgling Liga Pilipinas are still alive.

The proposal, which is heavily supported by the Philippine Basketball Association, has gained ground with the willingness of both leagues to unite.

“The talks are in progress. And we are looking to complete the agreement by April,” said M. Lhuillier Kwarta Padala-Cebu head coach Raul Alcoseba.

Alcoseba is among the personalities sent by Liga Pilipinas to the negotiation table.

According to Alcoseba, the PBL will hold open its tournament on Feb. 16 and is expected to finish in six weeks.

“After their (PBL) tournament, then the merger will take place. Liga Pilipinas will also start our own tournament by March,” said Alcoseba.

The PBL will open the PG Flex-UK Derm Open Conference this Tuesday with eight teams--Ascof Lagundi, Pharex B Complex, Cobra Energy Drink, Cossack Vodka, Addmix, Agri Nurture, Fern-C and Excel Roof.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 13, 2010.

Liga Pilipinas
03-04-2010, 08:26 AM
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League merger seen as long-term solution
By Joaquin Henson (The Philippine Star) Updated March 04, 2010 12:00 AM


MANILA, Philippines - Even as the PBL has launched its new season, SBP executive director Noli Eala said yesterday talks are ongoing to merge the country’s premier semi-pro league and the regional Liga Pilipinas with the view of finding a long-term solution to the economic problem of staying commercially viable under difficult business conditions.

“We’re certainly not undermining the ongoing PBL conference,” said Eala. “In fact, the SBP congratulates the PBL Board, led by chairman Ding Camua, and commissioner Chino Trinidad, for successfully opening the new season with eight clubs. We’ve got a core group designated to discuss the terms of reference in a merger and we’re moving forward, trying to meet every week to talk about eligibility rules, formats, schedules, pay scales and drafting procedures.”

Among those involved in the merger discussions are prime mover PBA chairman Lito Alvarez, Camua, Chito Loyzaga, Robert Non, Patrick Gregorio, Yayoy Alcoseba, Joe Soberano, Trinidad and Eala.

“We’ve got the support of San Miguel Corp. and PLDT to proceed,” said Eala. “We’re looking at creating a new corporate structure for the merger, perhaps to involve a third party contributing equity, maybe, a TV partner. We’re sorting out a timetable.”

As for Liga, Eala said it recently held a preseason tournament with Cebu, Mandaue, Laguna and General Santos City in Cebu City but has put the next conference on hold to await the results of the merger talks.

“Liga is ready to start the next conference with at least eight teams,” said Eala. “Two more teams are close to joining. To conserve resources, Liga decided to hold off the opening of the next conference until there is some clarity on the merger. But we’re preparing just the same for our opening with live radio and delayed TV coverage.”

Eala said if the merger is good for Philippine basketball, then the SBP will support it all the way.

“This could be the best solution to the economic difficulties of running a basketball league,” said Eala.

Trinidad said the important thing is to agree on basic principles with the merger being mutually beneficial to the two leagues.

“I can’t see a hindrance to working together,” said Trinidad. “It’s a matter of finding the middle ground. If the PBL Board agrees, then by all means, let’s establish a relationship between the two leagues, conceptualize, rationalize and take it a step further.”

Eala said at the moment, the SBP is focusing on developing programs for women and the youth. He has also been in close contact with former FIBA president Carl Ching Men Ky in preparing for the SEABA Congress next month and the FIBA-Asia Congress in April.

Eala also mentioned Bernie Atienza, Butch Antonio, Rico Meneses and Joey Bautista continue to be involved in Smart-Gilas’ affairs.

Liga Pilipinas
03-12-2010, 08:17 AM
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Eala unsure of clinching merger’s top post


By Julius Manicad

03/12/2010

Chino Trinidad may have his pick, and Noli Eala may have an inside chance at calling the shots should the merger between the Philippine Basketball League (PBL) and Liga Pilipinas push through, but only the composition of their combined boards will have the final say in choosing the merger’s new commissioner and it won’t happen soon.

Neither Trinidad nor Eala holds the key to the PBL-Liga merger, said Eala yesterday, although he claimed both leagues are on track of unification. A quick merger, he said however, would not give him an easy shot at becoming its commissioner, a post Eala is so familiar with after having served Liga Pilipinas and the Philippine Basketball Association, from which he had an unceremonious exit in 2007.

Eala said the power to select the merger’s commissioner rests on the new board of governors.

Trinidad had announced his resignation as PBL commissioner and picked his executive director Buth Maniego as possible successor.

Representatives of both leagues have met twice already on Jan. 5 and 22, when they discussed the budget, technical requirements and issues about television coverage. He said discussions never zeroed in choosing the league commissioner.

After all, it wasn’t important anymore, Eala said.

“What’s important (for us) is to push through with the merger,” Eala told the Tribune. The board of governors will pick the commissioner. We just have to lay everything out before we decide on who will lead our new league.”
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Proposed new league ready by April?


By Trina Ibarle-Orquiza

THE resignation of Philippine Basketball League Commissioner Chino Trinidad has opened the possibility of a merger between the PBL and Liga Pilipinas but there is no guarantee that neither Trinidad nor Liga commissioner Noli Eala would lead the new league one the merger is finalized next month.

Yesterday, Eala said it would be up to the officials of the proposed new league to decide who will sit down as commissioner.

Trinidad announced his resignation from his post as PBL commissioner early this week, designating executive director Butch Maniego as deputy commissioner to oversee the current conference.

League representatives from both the PBL and the Liga convened twice last January to discuss the details of the merger, including finances and television coverage.

"What’s important (for us) is to push through with the merger. The board of governors will be the one to pick the commissioner. We just have to lay everything out before we decide on who will lead the new league," Eala said.

Eala added Lito Alvarez, head of Air21, brokered the idea of the merger between the two leagues and arranged for the two meetings.

Liga Pilipinas
03-27-2010, 09:44 AM
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Alvarez, Romero back PBL-Liga cage merger


By Julius Manicad

03/27/2010


The same group of basketball stakeholders who have nurtured the Philippine Basketball League (PBL) through the years is in the forefront of plans to merge the country’s premier amateur league with Liga Pilipinas.

A reliable basketball insider yesterday said Harbour Centre CEO Mikee Romero and Air21 president Lito Alvarez are brokering talks between Liga Pilipinas president Noli Eala and the three-man committee formed by the recently-resigned PBL commissioner Chino Trinidad.

Both Romero and Alvarez were distinguished members of the PBL board of governors during the league’s peak under Trinidad’s watch.

The source said the group was supposed to meet last Wednesday, but the meeting was called off since Loyzaga of San Miguel Corp. is still in Australia. The group will meet again next week.

With Romero and Alvarez’s active involvement, speculations are ripe that the two executives will be fielding their respective teams when the merger opens late next month. Romero decided to leave the PBL to focus on the fledgling Asean Basketball League (ABL) while Alvarez’s relocated his team to the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

The source said as soon as the merger takes off, some PBL clubs which filed leaves of absence like Hapee Toothpaste, Magnolia and Toyota Otis will reactivate their membership and throw their full support behind the new league.

The merger is looking at the possibility of fielding at least 10 to 12 teams, most of them coming from Liga Pilipinas, which is backed by the local government units of various provinces.

Eala, in a telephone conversation with Tribune, confirmed Romero’s and Alvarez’s involvement, but refused to speculate on their possible active involvement.

The group, Eala said, has yet to discuss the composition of the board of governors, which would be crucial because the powerful body will be given the authority to pick the league commissioner later on.

“We don’t have an idea, we haven’t talked about it,” Eala said. “I don’t know about the PBL — all I know is that a lot of our team owners in Liga (Pilipinas) have expressed willingness to join. We just have to put things in order.”

“I’ll be glad if this project pushes through. If not, it’s okay.”

Liga Pilipinas
04-11-2010, 11:22 PM
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In Huddle
Farm league from 2 dying leagues?
By Beth Celis
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 01:06:00 04/11/2010


A FEW months ago, the PBL was a dying league with only three member clubs—San Miguel Corp., Hapee Toothpaste and Pharex—in the active list.

But thanks to the efforts of concerned entities, stopgap measures were successfully undertaken, saving the league from imminent death.

The PBL managed to survive for a few more months, holding a short first conference with eight teams, seven of them guests plus one regular member, Pharex.

The PBL was still hanging on for dear life, clinging to a life support system to keep its heart beating.

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Since Chino Trinidad announced his retirement as league commissioner, his deputy Tommy Ong and executive director Butch Maniego have taken on the task of keeping the PBL operational, while director for sales and marketing Jacque Ruby avidly solicited title sponsorship to provide funds to fill the league’s dwindling coffers.

Ruby also recruited guest teams like Fern-C to complete the cast for one conference. Pharex and the other guest teams contributed their share by paying their dues and tournament fees promptly.

“Nakaraos,” was the collective cry of relief when the first conference recently came to a successful conclusion.

The fate of the league, however, continues to hang in the balance as conditions returned to square one.

The very people who extended the life of the league are now racking their brains for an ingenious way to keep the league healthy and flourishing.

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According to the papers, representatives from the PBL, the PBA and the SBP have been discussing the possibility of a merger between the PBL and the Liga Pilipinas, another dying league which has been inactive for some time now.

If the merger pushes through, the plan was to form a developmental league for the PBA, similar to that of the NBA’s NBDL, and which would be a rich source of talents.

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“Has the PBA met officially to discuss this matter?” I asked PBA commissioner Sonny Barrios after I was told by Butch that it is the pro league that has been pushing for the merger.

PBA chair Lito Alvarez and vice chair Rene Pardo have been present in the talks, according to him.

Barrios said that while the subject has been informally discussed by the governors, nothing official has been discussed by the board en banc.

“Offhand, the board seems to be receptive to the concept of a farm league,” he said.

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Although he could not predict the fate of the PBL, or if there would be a merger with Liga, Butch said one thing he is sure of is that there will be a second conference this year, tentatively set to start on Oct. 20.

“Four teams have committed, we’re working on at least two more. If we don’t complete the cast for our target date, we would be forced to stage a short tournament after the elections to fulfill our commitment to sponsors and the teams,” Butch said.

UK Derma and PG Flex have extended their title sponsorship to the second conference, as well as other minor sponsors tapped by the indefatigable Ruby.

Personally, I find the idea of a PBA farm league productive. What I cannot understand is the merger with Liga. Two dying leagues merging? And Liga players are mostly ex-PBA and MBA guys. How can the league, where they will play, be labeled developmental?.

Liga Pilipinas
04-16-2010, 10:30 PM
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PBL, Liga inch closer to merger

By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 06:43:00 04/16/2010


MANILA, Philippines—The proposed merger between the Philippine Basketball League (PBL) and Liga Pilipinas might just take shape as the two struggling commercial leagues try to rework their union next week.

“We are studying their proposed MOA (memorandum of agreement),” PBL executive director Butch Maniego said Thursday. “Our board meets on Monday to decide.”

The merger talks started last January, with officials of both leagues targeting a February or March kick off.

Former PBL commissioner Chino Trinidad, who resigned last month, Liga Pilipinas president and chief executive officer Noli Eala and PBA chair Lito Alvarez met in the “first round of talks” of the merger geared as a farm league for the professional ranks.

Although initial plans were set aside, the PBL managed to get its season-opening conference going with six guest teams and a couple of holdovers in the tournament won by the Excelroof 25ers.

A new Liga Pilipinas season, meanwhile, has yet to unfold since wrapping up its third conference last November.
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PBL, Liga merger up for discussion
April 15, 2010, 5:33pm


The Philippine Basketball League (PBL) is set to discuss on Monday regarding to the proposed merger between the country’s premier amateur league and the Liga Pilipinas.

PBL executive director Butch Maniego said he hopes a decision will be reached for a merger which both leagues have been trying to accomplish as a way to cut cost and ensure their survival.

"We will have a board meeting on Monday to decide if we will agree," said Maniego. "We still have some matters to discuss with regards to the details of the merger."

Under the proposed plan, both leagues will be merged will be used as the developmental league of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) similar to the D-League of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Both leagues along with PBA chairman Lito Alvarez has been holding talks since January regarding the proposed merger.

The PBL fielded eight teams in its recently-concluded first conference won by the Excelroof 25ers.

Meanwhile, Liga Pilipinas, a regional-based league, has been inactive since November when the Cebu Ninos captured the Conference III crown.

The PBL is planning to hold a season-ending conference slated later next month while Liga has been waiting for the result of the discussions before mapping out plans to stage its fourth conference since it was launched in 2008. — Jonas Terrado

Liga Pilipinas
04-28-2010, 09:40 AM
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PBA heads bid to merge PBL, Liga

By Musong R. Castillo, Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 02:22:00 04/28/2010


MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine Basketball Association will play a key role in saving the Philippine Basketball League and the Liga Pilipinas, officials of the two gasping tournaments said.

The salvation is in the merging of the two tournaments into a farm league for the PBA, much like the role the National Basketball Developmental League plays for the US National Basketball Association.

“The PBA’s involvement is probably critical for this to forge ahead,” PBL executive director Butch Maniego said in Tuesday’s PSA Forum at Shakey’s UN Avenue branch.

“Among the plans is that no player should be drafted in the PBA unless he plays in this developmental league.”

“The talks are advancing,” Liga president Noli Eala added. “We are very optimistic that an announcement will be made soon.”

Based on the initial outline, the PBL and Liga will join forces for a 10-team league, with each squad to be adopted by a PBA team.

“The outline of the tournament has already been broached,” PBA chair Lito Alvarez of Air21 told reporters. “We’re still talking about the final format.”

“On our own, each of the 10 (PBA) teams would adopt its own team through lottery,” said Robert Non, San Miguel’s representative and vice chair of the PBA board.

The merger will provide the PBA a chance to test all upcoming young players who will enter the draft.

Maniego said the PBL board, led by league chair Ding Camua of Pharex, already discussed the joint venture in a meeting last week.

“We’ve agreed that it’s going to be a developmental league, everything else we still have to work on,” Maniego said in the public sports program sponsored by Shakey’s, Pagcor, Accel and Outlast Battery.
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PBL, Liga merger under way
April 27, 2010, 6:31pm


The Philippine Basketball League (PBL) and Liga Pilipinas are joining forces to form the development league of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

Talks are under way between officials of the country’s premier amateur leagues for the staging of a tournament tentatively set on May 22.

“It’s closer to pushing through, than not pushing through,” said PBL executive director Butch Maniego.

Under the plan, the D-League would initially be composed of four teams each from the PBL and Liga.

PBL teams being eyed are Excelroof, Ascof-Lagundi, Cobra Energy Drink and Agrinurture while for the Liga, the squads to be tapped are Cebuana, Pampanga, Misamis Oriental, and Laguna.

Liga President Noli Eala said he’s optimistic about the venture.

“We have been talking. As a matter of fact, the talks are already in advance stage. It’s a very progressive proposal (merger). When this materializes, this will change the landscape of basketball in the country.”

The PBA, chaired by Lito Alvarez of Air21, has approved the formation of a D-League and is determined to establish whether or not the PBL and the Liga come to an agreement.

The D-League gives the PBA easy access to players and opens the door to other companies that are willing to join the pro league as a farm team.

“The board is convinced that this is good for the league,” Alvarez said following the board meeting over the weekend during the PBA All-Star Festivities held in Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

The board has named Buddy Encarnado as head of a three-man committee that are holding talks with the PBL and Liga. The other committee members are Ginebra’s Robert Non and Talk ’N Text’s alternate governor Pato Gregorio.

Alvarez said that with the D-League, the 10 PBA teams can easily relegate players with contracts to the developmental league and not lose them to other teams as Unrestricted Free Agent with Rights to Salary (UFARS).

Another advantage, according to Alvarez, is that if a certain player is not yet ready for the PBA grind, he can polish his skills in the developmental league. Once he is ready, his mother team can elevate him to the PBA.

The D-League also offers opportunities from collegiate players and Fil-foreigners to hone their skills before making the jump to the pro league.

Alvarez said the D-League offers good investment for interested companies because of good exposure for a fraction of what PBA teams spend.

Once the new development league starts, both Liga and the PBL will cease to hold their regular tournaments.
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PBA eyes D-League if PBL-Liga talks fail
By Nelson Beltran (The Philippine Star) Updated April 28, 2010 12:00 AM


MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Basketball Association will form its own version of the NBA Developmental League should the proposed merger between the PBL and Liga Pilipinas won’t push through.

The PBA board of governors unanimously approved the league’s official stand in a meeting in Palawan Sunday morning.

PBA board chairman Lito Alvarez explained the pro league needs a strong minor league serving as transition tournament for collegiate players who are graduating to the pro ranks.

Thus, the PBA is helping out the PBL and Liga Pilipinas to unite.

Alvarez said he has had talks with both the PBL and Liga officials and received positive responses.

Gracing the PSA Forum yesterday, Liga chief executive officer Noli Eala, also the SBP executive director, said their merger talks with the PBL is now in “advance stage.”

To help sustain the talks, the PBA board has tasked Sta. Lucia Realty’s Buddy Encarnado, Ginebra’s Robert Non and Talk n Text alternate governor Patrick Gregorio to continue conferring with the Liga and PBL brass.

The PBA governors believe the successful PBL-Liga merger would benefit not only Asia’s first play-for-pay league but all the parties involved.

The PBL and Liga have been struggling with dwindling membership, and this for one urged the PBA to step in.

“We’re seeing bad signs. If these leagues fold up, it’s bad for us. We believe UAAP and NCAA players need transition tournament before they join the pro ranks,” said Alvarez.

The PBA board chair believes the negotiations would be over by the end of the month and the PBL-Liga first tourney running by late May.

The outline of the kind of inaugural tournament to be launched has already been broached.

“The format is still to be discussed, but the PBL could well be the Northern Conference and Liga making the Southern Conference since Liga teams are used to traveling,” said Alvarez.

But Alvarez stressed the PBA would form its own developmental league if the PBL-Liga union talks bog down.

“On our own, each of the 10 (PBA) teams could adopt its own team through lottery. For sure, we have to get this new league going,” said Alvarez.

The PBL has been the primary source of PBA players since the former’s establishment in 1983, although the region-based Liga, which got going in 2008, has been making its own contributions to the pro league of late with players like Jared Dillinger, Mark Yee and Ramsay Williams.
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Fine with PBA
by Zean Macamay
Tuesday, 27 April 2010 18:41

Games on Friday: (Araneta Coliseum)

5 p.m. – Rain or Shine vs. San Miguel Beer
7:30 p.m. – Alaska vs. Ginebra


THE Philippine Basketball Association on Sunday night decided to fast-track an approved proposal for the merger of the Philippine Basketball League (PBL) and the Liga Pilipinas, the first crucial step in its desire to form its own developmental league similar to that of the NBA.

Lito Alvarez, the brainchild of the idea and Chairman of the PBA Board, drew a unanimous positive response from the rest of the governors in a meeting held during the All-Stars in Puerto Princesa City, getting the green light to push through with a plan that will not only benefit the PBA but also the two concerned leagues as well.

“The whole idea here is to form a league for players who would want to harness their skills and get themselves ready for the PBA,” said Alvarez, the Air21 team manager.

The initial plan, according to Alvarez, is for the PBL to manage the Northern Conference with the regional-based Liga taking care of the Southern Conference. The final draft of the format, if the parties do come to a unified approval, is expected to be created early May.

The target date of the D-League’s birth has been set for late next month.

Sta. Lucia Realty’s Buddy Encarnado, Robert Non of Ginebra, and Patrick Gregorio of Talk ‘N Text were the ones assigned to work on whatever paperwork and discussions needed with the heads of the PBL and the Liga.

Aside from its primary goal to develop its own developmental league, the PBA will likewise be coming to the rescue, as what Alvarez said, on league’s that are now facing difficult times. He said that if ever the PBA does not act immediately, Asia’s first-ever play-for-pay loop will eventually be at the losing end.

“Masama ang nakikita namin signs,” said Alvarez. “Kung hindi kami tutulong, baka mawala (PBL and Liga). Kapag nawala sila, masama para sa amin because we feel that players from the UAAP and the NCAA are not yet that ripe to enter the PBA. There is a need for a transition tournament.”

Non, for his part, said that there were things that were brought up during the meeting regarding, for one, negative acceptance from both the PBL and Liga or one league refusing to give in because of financial matters.

“We could let the PBA teams adopt one team through a lottery,” said Non as a solution. “For sure, we want to get this league going and one thing should be clear, the PBA has the overall authority.”

Alvarez also said that in the end, it will be a win-win situation for the three league’s concerned. He also said that it could kick-off the expansion of the PBA.

“If you’re a team doing well in the D-League, the possibility is there that you will entertain thoughts of moving up in the PBA,” said Alvarez. “Konting gastos na lang kasi ang kailangan and you’re already in country’s premier cage league. The D-League is the best thing for all of us.”

The PBL has been the primary source of PBA players since it was established in 1983. The Liga, which began in 2008, already has had its share of contributions with the likes of Jared Dillinger and Mark Yee who are now with Talk ‘N Text.

For its part, the PBL has yet to receive a formal letter from the PBA.

A source in the PBL said that while the idea to form a D-League may be an encouraging thought, the league may likely want, at first, to go through a joint venture and not a merger.

“A merger is a long-term proposition,” said the source who requested anonymity. “A joint-venture is a much safer move in order to test the waters.”

coreytaylor
04-29-2010, 06:18 AM
PBL-Liga joint venture slated
By Jasmine W. Payo, Philippine Daily Inquirer
http://sports.inquirer.net/sport/basketball/view/20100429-267037/PBL-Liga-joint-venture-slated

MANILA, Philippines—A new tournament set in June will launch the attempt of the Philippine Basketball League (PBL) and Liga Pilipinas to unify the two amateur cage bodies.

The two struggling leagues signed a Memorandum of Agreement Wednesday for a two-year pact that also had the blessing of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

“We’ve all taken an active part in working out the differences that hindered all previous talks,” said PBL executive director Butch Maniego. “How many teams will play, I think that’s our basic starting point.”

The PBA had been pushing for the joint venture that will eventually serve as the backbone of the pro league’s development league project patterned after the NBA’s D-League.

But PBA chair Lito Alvarez, who signed the agreement as a witness, said the pro league will keep its hands off in the inaugural tournament slated on June 5.

“For the time being, we’re not involved yet, this is just between those two leagues,” said Alvarez.

PBL chair Ding Camua of Pascual Laboratories and San Miguel Corporation’s Robert Non signed the agreement with Liga president Noli Eala.

Liga Pilipinas
04-29-2010, 09:38 AM
Note: The following articles are from independent external sources and does not necessarily reflect the official stand of Liga Pilipinas, Pinoy Basketbol Incorporated (PBI) and Pinoy Basketbol Management Incorporated (PBMI).
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PBL, Liga to stage joint tournament
(The Philippine Star) Updated April 29, 2010 12:00 AM


MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Basketball League (PBL), the country’s premiere amateur commercial league, and La Liga Pilipinas, the country’s biggest regional league, yesterday agreed to hold its first-ever joint tournament by early June, preparatory to a long-term agreement to merge the two entities.

A Memorandum of Agreement was signed between chairman Abundio “Ding” Camua of Pascual Laboratories and San Miguel Corporation’s Robert Non, representing the PBL and Pinoy Basketball, Inc.’s (Liga) CEO Noli Eala and witnessed by PBA chairman Angelito Alvarez and SBP deputy executive director Bernardo Atienza.

Officials of both leagues were happy at getting over all the initial hurdles of coming together after several months of negotiations and finally forging a tie-up for the tournament.

“This is a great day for local basketball. Not only will this ensure the continued existence of a strong non-amateur league from where the PBA can draw its talents from, this also enables both the PBL and Liga to continue with their programs together,” said Alvarez.

For their part, Eala and Camua shared optimism that the differences between the two leagues can be addressed and bridged in the shortest possible time, given that the teams from both leagues are already very anxious to play.

The inaugural tournament is slated to begin on June 5 with anywhere from seven to as many as 12 teams being involved from both leagues.

An executive committee, composed of Alvarez, Camua, Joaquin “Chito” Loyzaga (SMC) and Virgilio Angeles (Toyota Otis) representing the PBL as well as Eala, Gov. Oscar Moreno (MisOr) and Joe Soberano (Mandaue) representing Liga Pilipinas, was named to oversee the project. Working committees were also formed to accomplish the many tasks that need to be done in the melding of the two leagues.
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PBL-Liga joint venture slated

By Jasmine W. Payo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 01:02:00 04/29/2010


MANILA, Philippines—A new tournament set in June will launch the attempt of the Philippine Basketball League (PBL) and Liga Pilipinas to unify the two amateur cage bodies.

The two struggling leagues signed a Memorandum of Agreement Wednesday for a two-year pact that also had the blessing of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

“We’ve all taken an active part in working out the differences that hindered all previous talks,” said PBL executive director Butch Maniego. “How many teams will play, I think that’s our basic starting point.”

The PBA had been pushing for the joint venture that will eventually serve as the backbone of the pro league’s development league project patterned after the NBA’s D-League.

But PBA chair Lito Alvarez, who signed the agreement as a witness, said the pro league will keep its hands off in the inaugural tournament slated on June 5.

“For the time being, we’re not involved yet, this is just between those two leagues,” said Alvarez.

PBL chair Ding Camua of Pascual Laboratories and San Miguel Corporation’s Robert Non signed the agreement with Liga president Noli Eala.
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PBL, Liga ink deal to start merger


04/29/2010

The Philippine Basketball League (PBL), the country’s premiere amateur commercial league and La Liga Pilipinas, the country’s biggest regional league, yesterday agreed to hold its first-ever joint tournament by early June, preparatory to a long-term agreement to merge the two entities.

A Memorandum of Agreement was signed between Chairman Abundio “Ding” Camua of Pascual Laboratories and San Miguel Corporation’s Robert Non representing the PBL and Pinoy Basketball, Inc.’s (Liga) CEO Jose Emmanuel “Noli Eala” and witnessed by PBA Chairman Angelito Alvarez and SBP Deputy Executive Director Bernardo Atienza.

Officials of both leagues were happy at getting over all the initial hurdles of coming together after several months of negotiations and finally forging a tie-up that should capitalize on each league’s respective strengths.

Alvarez, who from day one had spearheaded the move to get the two top amateur leagues together said, “This is a great day for local basketball. Not only will this ensure the continued existence of a strong non-amateur league from where the PBA can draw its talents from, this also enables both the PBL and Liga to continue with their programs together.”
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PBL, Liga lay foundation
for coming merger


THE Philippine Basketball League, the country’s premiere amateur commercial league, and La Liga Pilipinas, the country’s biggest regional league, yesterday agreed to hold a joint tournament by early June, preparatory to a long-term merger agreement.

A Memorandum of Agreement was signed yesterday between PBL Chairman Abundio "Ding" Camua of Pascual Laboratories and San Miguel Corporation’s Robert Non representing the PBL and Pinoy Basketball, Inc.’s (Liga) CEO Noli Eala. The signing was witnessed by PBA Chairman Angelito Alvarez and SBP Deputy Executive Director Bernardo Atienza.

Officials of both leagues were elated at the development after several months of negotiations. The tie-up should capitalize on each league’s respective strengths.

Alvarez, who from day one had spearheaded the move to get the two top amateur leagues together, said: "This is a great day for local basketball. Not only will this ensure the continued existence of a strong non-amateur league from where the PBA can draw its talents from, this also enables both the PBL and Liga to continue with their programs together."

Camua and Eala shared optimism the differences between the two leagues can be addressed and bridged at the shortest possible time, given the teams in both leagues are very anxious to play.

The inaugural tournament is set to begin on June 5 with seven to 12 teams expected to participate.

An Executive Committee composed of Alvarez, Camua, Chito Loyzaga of SMC and Virgilio Angeles of Toyota Otis representing the PBL as well as Eala, Gov. Oscar Moreno (Misamis Oriental) and Joe Soberano (Mandaue) representing Liga Pilipnas, was created to complete the details of the tie-up.

Working committees were also formed to accomplish the many tasks that need to be done.

Liga Pilipinas
04-30-2010, 12:29 PM
Note: The following articles are from independent external sources and does not necessarily reflect the official stand of Liga Pilipinas, Pinoy Basketbol Incorporated (PBI) and Pinoy Basketbol Management Incorporated (PBMI).
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PBL, Liga set launching of joint tournament
By WAYLON GALVEZ and JONAS TERRADO
April 29, 2010, 9:42am


Here’s a piece of good news for amateur players.

On Wednesday, the Philippine Basketball League (PBL) and Liga Pilipinas signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), thus paving the way for the staging of a joint tournament on June 5, a move that is preparatory for its merger.

The union between the PBL and Liga Pilipinas is likely to hasten the formation of the Development League of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).

Though the PBL caters mostly to college players, the signatories of the MOA, led by PBL chairman Ding Camua of Pascual Laboratories and San Miguel Corporation's Robert Non, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) executive director and Liga Pilipinas president Noli Eala, believe it can go hand in hand with Liga.

Liga Pilipinas is country’s biggest regional league which counts Cebu, Mandaue and Misamis Oriental as its strongest teams.

Witnessing the historic event were PBA chairman Lito Alvarez and SBP deputy executive director Bernie Atienza as witnesses.

"This is a great day for local basketball. Not only will this ensure the continued existence of a strong non-amateur league from where the PBA can draw its talents from, this also enables both the PBL and Liga to continue with their programs together,” Alvarez said in a statement.

Under the D-League, PBA teams will be allowed to adopt a farm team, giving them enough flexibility.

For his part, PBL executive director Butch Maniego said that the two leagues will stage a long tournament with the two camps hoping to end it in time with the finals of the ongoing PBA Fiesta Conference.

“We're planning to start the tournament by June 5 and hopefully the championship would be held at the same time as the PBA finals,” said Maniego.
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Yayoy praises Liga, PBL merger
Thursday, April 29, 2010

By Rommel C. Manlosa



THE amateur players will reap the benefits from the merger of the Philippine Basketball League (PBL) and the Liga Pilipinas.

This was the short assessment by M. Lhuillier Cebu Nińos coach Raul “Yayoy” Alcoseba of the latest move by the two basketball bodies.

“Eventually, it will be good for amateur basketball players. The merger league will now serve as a developmental league to the pros, patterned after the NBA’s D-League,” Alcoseba told Sun.Star Cebu yesterday.

According to Alcoseba, the PBA influenced the two leagues to unite.

“This merger was initiated by the PBA. Most of the teams in the PBA have farm teams in the PBL as well as in the Liga Pilipinas. They wanted to hand down their expertise and technicalities so that when it is time to elevate a player to the pros, it’s now much easier,” said Alcoseba.

Alcoseba said the PBL will put up five teams and most will be representing the north. Liga Pilipinas will also put up five teams, most coming from the south.

Same format

“Magnolia (San Miguel), Pharex, Burger Kings will be putting up teams for the north, while Toyota Otis is likely to merger with Iloilo in the south, which will also have M. Lhuillier, MisOr and the Gen. San Warriors,” he said.

They will use the format of Liga Pilipinas, which is to hold pocket tournaments.

“For now we don’t have a name for the first league. But we can expect to have a name by the second tournament. As for the Nińos, we are always ready,” Alcoseba said.

Cebuano businessman and team owner of Mandaue-Cebu Landmasters Joe Soberano was named to the executive committee together with Liga Pilipinas president Noli Eala and Misamis Oriental Governor Oscar Moreno.

Others in the committee are PBA chairman Lito Alvarez, PBL Chairman Abundio “Ding” Camua of Pascual Laboratories, Chito Loyzaga of SMC and Virgilio Angeles of Toyota Otis.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 30, 2010.

Liga Pilipinas
05-02-2010, 11:09 PM
Note: The following articles are from independent external sources and does not necessarily reflect the official stand of Liga Pilipinas, Pinoy Basketbol Incorporated (PBI) and Pinoy Basketbol Management Incorporated (PBMI).
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In Huddle
PBL-Liga merger gets off ground
By Beth Celis
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 23:58:00 05/01/2010


MANILA, Philippines—A colleague engaged me in a debate when I told him that the PBA will not be involved in the recent merger of the Philippine Basketball League and the Liga Pilipinas.

How could the PBA not be involved, he argued, when no less than PBA chair Lito Alvarez, governor of the PBA’s Air21 franchise, is at the forefront of the merger, which had other PBA governors as signatories.

I explained that Alvarez, as representative of the Lina Group of Companies, has stakes both in the PBA and the PBL, like San Miguel Corp. and Coca-Cola, which own franchises in both leagues.

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According to reports, the new group’s initial plan is to appoint Butch Maniego of the PBL and Butch Antonio of Liga as heads of the new league, which will now be known as the Philippine Basketball Developmental League.

I don’t know what the official designations or functions of the two Butches will be, but the two camps are optimistic that they would be able to work together harmoniously.

Considering that the staff will be doubled, and therefore also the expenses, the PBDL will have to double its efforts to generate revenue.

The new league has tentatively scheduled its first conference for early June, which might conflict with the calendar of the collegiate leagues unless the conference will be a very short one.

In the past, the PBL timed its offseason from July to October to give way to the collegiate basketball tournaments.

Liga Pilipinas
05-13-2010, 12:09 PM
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All systems go for PBL-Liga merger - Eala
By Joaquin Henson (The Philippine Star) Updated May 13, 2010 12:00 AM


MANILA, Philippines - SBP executive director Noli Eala said yesterday it’s all systems go for the PBL-Liga Pilipinas merger which is expected to metamorphose into a developmental league for the PBA before the year ends.

Eala explained that the first step is to hold a draft for the merger’s inaugural conference, tentatively called the Tournament of the Philippines (TOP), this Saturday after which the fusion will be announced in a formal launch on May 29 with the first leg to begin on June 5.

At least eight teams will play in the “transition” conference up to August. Eala said it’s possible the PBL-Liga merger will bring in as many as 12 teams. Confirmed to participate from the PBL are Pharex, San Miguel Corp., Cobra Energy Drink and Agri-Nurture. Cebu, General Santos City, Laguna and Taguig will join from Liga. Also in the list of probables are Misamis Oriental, Pampanga and Quezon from Liga and Excel Roof, Toyota and Hapee Toothpaste from the PBL.

Eala is a member of the PBL-Liga executive committee formed to formulate the merger’s operating procedures and policies. Others in the committee are Misamis Oriental Gov. Oscar Moreno, Joe Soberano, Ding Camua, Chito Loyzaga and Gil Angeles. Assigned to implement the policies are Tommy Ong and Butch Maniego of the PBL and Perry Martinez, Butch Antonio and Rico Meneses of Liga.

“We’re using a hybrid system of eligibility that considers the rules of both the PBL and Liga,” said Eala. “For starters, we will have no age limit but will allow only up to three ex-PBA players for a team. However, we will recognize what we call an incubation period where an ex-PBA player who has played the last two conferences in either league will be exempted from the restriction. One Fil-foreigner will be allowed for each team. A draft will be held using the PBL system.” Eala said the draft will be for players with no previous PBA, PBL or Liga experience. The last two teams in both leagues will try their luck in a lottery to determine which has the first overall pick. A player who suited up in both the PBL and Liga last season will go to the team that wins a coin-flip. A team with more than three ex-PBA players will be required to stay within the limit and the displaced veteran will become a free agent.

Eala said the PBL-Liga draft will be open to PBA draft prospects in August, particularly as the pro league requires at least 15 games in a local minor league for a rookie applicant to be eligible.

An interim PBL-Liga commissioner will be named shortly by the executive committee and at least one name has been floated as a candidate. The appointment will be temporary as when the merger evolves into the PBA developmental league in October, a permanent commissioner will be appointed.

Eala said negotiations are now going on with Solar TV to cover the PBL-Liga contests on a regular basis and with TV-5 to air a “Game of the Week,” possibly in a simulcast.

“We will adapt the Liga format of each team hosting a leg during the conference,” said Eala. “The number of legs will depend on the number of teams. If we get 10 teams, then we will hold 10 legs. After the 10 legs, we will move to the quarterfinals where a team with the better record has a twice to beat advantage in a series matchup. Then we will advance to the best-of-three semifinals and the best-of-five finals. The playoffs will feature the home-and-away format.”

Eala said once the “transition” conference is underway, the executive committee will sit down with a high-level PBA team to discuss the evolution into the developmental league. The PBA team is composed of Sta. Lucia Realty’s Buddy Encarnado, Ginebra San Miguel’s Robert Non and Talk ‘N’ Text’s Patrick Gregorio.

PBA chairman Lito Alvarez of Air21 recently said before his term expires in August, he hopes to lay the groundwork for the developmental league which will be a lasting legacy of his administration. Alvarez has been the moving spirit behind the PBL-Liga merger.

“We envision an affiliate system with PBA franchises,” said Eala. “It’s the same concept that the NBA used in forming the D-League. We will look into a system where PBA players may be relegated to the developmental league for more training and outstanding developmental league players may be elevated to the PBA when they’re ready.”

Alvarez said when the next PBA season opens in October, he will push for regular doubleheaders where the developmental league will play the first game and the PBA the second.

“It’s a win-win-win situation for the PBA, PBL and Liga,” said a keen basketball observer. “Nobody loses in this case. The PBA is supported by a developmental league while the PBL and Liga will remain alive to continue giving jobs through their merger. It’s a step forward for Philippine basketball.”

Rookie camp unfolds today
(The Philippine Star) Updated May 13, 2010 12:00 AM


MANILA, Philippines - Rising amateur stars and top collegiate players from all over the country get the chance to show their stuff today when the Philippine Basketball League and Liga Pilipinas conduct a rookie camp for their first-ever basketball venture next month.

PBL executive director Butch Maniego said members of the Smart-Gilas RP team coaching staff will supervise the two-hour camp at the Meralco gym in Pasig City.

Interested participants are advised to come early at the gym for further instructions. The camp starts at 8 p.m.

After the rookie camp, both the PBL and Liga Pilipinas will hold their Rookie Draft on Saturday in time for the opening of their joint project on June 5.

Expected to join the tournament are PBL giants Magnolia and Pharex while Liga Pilipinas will be bannered by perennial champion Cebu, Laguna, Taguig and GenSan.

Maniego said PBL and Liga officials are confident the number of teams will swell on the drafting day since they are close to convincing some team owners to take part in the tournament.