New commissioner Loyzaga to go hi-tech in bid to improve officiating in UAAP
New commissioner Chito Loyzaga believes now is the time to raise the standards of the league since the UAAP has reached unprecedented heights in terms of popularity and reach. Jerome Ascano

NEWLY-APPOINTED UAAP basketball commissioner Chito Loyzaga's primary goal is to uplift the standards of officiating in the collegiate league with the use of technology and other innovations during the course of the season.

Loyzaga, who had a brief stint as commissioner of the defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association (MBA), believes now is the time to raise the standards of the league since the UAAP has reached unprecedented heights in terms of popularity and reach.

“I think it’s about time to lift the standards of the league,” Loyzaga told Spin.ph. “I think the league has come to a point where in terms of popularity and following, it has a bigger responsibility now not only to the sporting community but to the school community and to the public that is following.

“If you want to maintain that popularity, then you have to lift the standards of its operation. It’s no one particular entity, it’s the UAAP, its partners and stakeholders,” he added.

One aspect the former Ginebra star is zeroing in is officiating, which he hopes to improve with a closer monitoring of the referees and the action on court with the installation of several cameras covering different angles of the playing floor.

Loyzaga also plans to set up a war room where he plans to watch the action from several TV monitors during games.

“I requested to have a corresponding number of monitors para nasusubaybayan ‘yung lahat ng angles to have a wider scope pagdating sa reviewing and replays," said the former Philippine Sports Commission commissioner.

“It will not just be good for the commissioner to check on any unsportsmanlike behavior from players, coaches, and officials. It will also give me an opportunity to evaluate my referees as well whether they are in a proper position to make a call, whether he is late or maybe give the other referee the priority to call,” Loyzaga said.

Loyzaga clarified that the use of more monitors are not meant to overrule any call during the course of a game.

“It gives us an opportunity to evaluate but not necessarily to overrule a call. We are not there to overrule a call,” Loyzaga said while stressing that his recommendations are still be up for approval by the UAAP board in consultation with its broadcast partner ABS-CBN.

“I believe that by sitting in a room having more angles (to look at), I will be more helpful than me sitting there in one corner. I will be more helpful if I’m in that position,” Loyzaga said.

Loyzaga said that referees from the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas pool will continue to officiate the games. He also has no plans of recommending any rule changes and will retain Season 75 commissioner Ato Badolato along with his staff from last year as his deputies.

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