THE National Basketball League (NBL) has filed a criminal case against two persons allegedly involved in illegal gaming.
In a statement, the league said it has filed a case against Andre Labor Barroga and Mario Franco of Data Centric on Monday for monitoring and recording NBL and Women’s NBL games, data of which is being allegedly used for illegal gaming.
The complaint was for illegal access of data under the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012.
The league said Barroga and Franco were caught providing play-by-play, statistics, and live stream of the games for Data Centric last Sunday during a WNBL game at the Dominican College gym in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. The NBL also said Data Centric is “a call center business but is operating as a betting company.”
The two persons were brought to Sta. Rosa Police for questioning after they were caught by league officials when they came in the venue disguised as spectators but with a complete set of gadgets.
The NBL hopes the incident will serve as an eye opener to the other leagues not just in basketball but in other sports.
“National Basketball League Philippines reiterates its commitment on eradicating gambling on all forms,” NBL chairman Celso Mercado said. “The incident this past weekend, and the legal action NBL pursued against the two culprits, is a clear testament on how the league is intent on fulfilling this goal.”
“The entire NBL Board would like to assure its loyal fans that the league is utilizing all necessary means to ensure that such irresponsible acts will never take place again,” Mercado added.