FOUR new teams have signified their intentions of joining the 2012-13 season of the PBA Developmental League which begins in October.
Arellano University, Jose Rizal University-Air21, HTC Philippines and Informatics have sent letters of intent to the PBA Commissioner’s Office which could bring to 12 the participating teams for the season-opening Aspirants’ Cup.
The new applicants as well as mainstays NLEX, Big Chill, Blackwater Sports, Boracay Rum, Café France, Cebuana Lhuillier, Erase Plantcenta and Cagayan Raising Suns have until September 15 to pay the entry fee to confirm their participation in the tournament.
“The intention of these new applicants to be a part of the coming season of the PBA D-League only goes to show that the league has established a market that is acceptable to our basketball-loving fans,” said PBA Commissioner Chito Salud.
Salud said the participation of new teams will generate new rivalry, create new stars and offer exciting games for the fledgling league.
NLEX, winner of the league’s first three championships, and Big Chill are expected to also parade new faces after most of their key players were selected in the recent PBA rookie draft.
While he will be working with a practically new rotation, Big Chill coach Robert Sison still believes he will have a good team this coming season.
“We based our recruitment on the positions we lost so I think we’ll still be competitive,” Sison said.