THE PBA has adjusted the maximum age limit for D-League players from 28 to 30 years old, saying it wants to keep the door open far longer for aspiring players.
PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa said the league made the move to help out older players who want another shot at a career in the pro league.
“We have a lot of unrestricted rookie free agents who can’t return to the D-League because of the maximum age requirement. It’s sad to see their skills go to waste simply because of the age restriction,” Narvasa said.
“The PBA wants to help them and hopefully give them another shot at the big league that’s why we’re doing this,” he added.
However, the D-League is also facing stiff competition from the PCBL, a fledgling league made up of companies formerly allied with the PBA and D-League like Sta. Lucia, Racal Motors and Cagayan Valley.
The PBA has also extended the deadline for submission of application for the PBA D-League rookie draft.
Fil-foreign players have until October 30 to file their application while local players will have a November 6 deadline.
The Rookie Draft is set on November 19.
“We’ve been flooded by requests from player agents and Fil-foreign applicants, asking for more time to enable them to work on their documents, particularly concerning their citizenship,” Narvasa said.
“We understand that obtaining documents from the Immigration and Justice departments take some time so we are extending (the deadline). Besides, the D-league won’t start its season until January,” he said.
All teams who have expressed intention to join the league, meanwhile, have an October 30 deadline to pay the entry fee.