US planning turns into vacation for incomplete PBA board as leadership impasse remains
Chito Narvasa's status as commissioner was not resolved as the PBA board was incomplete in its supposed US planning session

LOS ANGELES - The PBA Board returns to the country still facing the same dilemma it had when it departed for this city known for its glitz and glamour five days ago.

The leadership impasse within the league remains as its annual planning session at the plush Sofitel Hotel here totally didn't push through as scheduled.

Four members of the board didn't attend the meeting, including incoming chairman Ramoncito Fernandez of NLEX.

Fernandez, who was supposed to preside over the session, was initially scheduled to arrive Monday (Tuesday, Manila time), but advised the league he wouldn't be able to make it at the last minute due to a pressing business matter.

Also not around were Patrick Gregorio and Ricky Vargas of TnT Katropa, Atty. Raymund Zorilla of Phoenix, and Al Panlilio of Meralco, although alternate governor Ryan Gregorio joined the trip here.

Without sitting together as one body, the board remains divided on the issue on whether commissioner Chito Narvasa should continue with his term or not.

A majority of seven members led by the MVP bloc are against the continuous leadership of Narvasa, while five others reinforced by the SMC group are backing for the commissioner to stay.

With no agenda to oversee, the board took it easy on Monday as members of the board's families who joined the trip went on and watch The Ellen DeGeneres Show live in the afternoon.

Later in the night, there was an invitation for the Los Angeles Clippers-Philadelphia 76ers game at the Staples Center, although Alaska's Dickie Bachmann and Siliman Sy of Blackwater were the only ones around along with 12 other members of the entourage.

Despite the uncertainty in the league leadership status, the recently concluded season, however, proved to be a huge one after breaching the P200-million mark, thanks largely in part to the blockbuster Governors Cup finals between Barangay Ginebra and Meralco.

The seven-game series drew a record crowd of 144,173 in its final three games held at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan including a new league mark of 54,086 in the deciding match won by the Kings. 91-86.

The figures were supposed to be part of Narvasa's season-ending report as part of the annual planning session.

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