Jao allays concerns on having three referee groups for NCAA Season 92 basketball games
NCAA commissioner Andy Jao has been working with the three referee groups for the past two months to ensure fair officiating. Jerome Ascano

NCAA commissioner Andy Jao doesn't see any problem in having three referee organizations officiating the matches for the basketball tournament of Season 92.

Jao said on Wednesday that he has tapped the referees from the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), Basketball Referees Association for Schools, Colleges, and Universities (Brascu), and the National Amateur Basketball Referees Association (Nabro) to officiate this season’s NCAA basketball games as a measure to ensure fair officiating.

“My dream is always to have a good set of officials so that we don’t see the same faces over and over again as much as possible and to have a little bit of diversity in the officiating staff,” said Jao, who was recently appointed as commissioner by host school San Beda, a position he twice held in the UAAP and once in the defunct Philippine Basketball League (PBL)

Newspaper reports quoting sources, however, surfaced about some member schools protesting the move to bring in SBP referees in the NCAA by San Beda, which has SBP president Manny V. Pangilinan as its chief backer.

The NCAA has apparently resolved the issue as under the new set-up, the SBP will have 25 referees who will officiate the seniors, and 16 for the juniors, while Nabro will have eight in the seniors, and two in the juniors tasked to be part of the NCAA pool of referees.

Brascu, which has officiated the NCAA games for the last three years, will have 11 who will blow the whistle in the seniors.

Jao, however, allayed concerns over different styles of officiating or rule interpretations by the different organizations, saying that the groups have been training under the new NCAA commissioner.

“Maraming nagsasabi na baka magkaproblema sa style ng tawagan or whatever, so that is why we have been working out for two months now. Medyo sanay na sila with each other. It gives us different sets (of officials) but same interpretation for the games,” said Jao.

“We are happy with their performance,” he added.

Jao assured the teams that the Commissioner’s Office will also do their best in supervising the officiating of the matches.

“It’s never been easy to have perfect officiating. There are fouls that are not fouls, there are fouls that are fouls but not called. But we will try our best. I’ve worked with the other league two times, I have my share of problems," he said

“But in the end, kung sino nag-champion or kung sino man naglaban sa finals, hindi nila masasabi na hindi maayos ang tawagan. That’s the way I think and that’s how I’m going to conduct the tournament,” added Jao.


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