NEW teams and big-name players are coming in to spice up the second season of UNTV Cup.
A big change of landscape can be expected in the upcoming UNTV Cup second season with new teams and big-name players coming in to spice up the charity tournament.
Commissioner Fortunato `Atoy’ Co announced during the formal launching of the event at Dulcinea in Tomas Morato that 10 teams will be competing in this year’s edition of the charity tournament.
A total of seven teams saw action during the inaugural season of the league.
The new teams include Malacanang-Patriots, Senate Defenders, Team Congress, and LGU Vanguards which played as one last year (Congress-LGU team).
Completing the field are PNP Responders, AFP Cavaliers, Philhealth Advocates, MMDA Black Wolves, Team DOJ, and defending champion Team Judiciary.
Adding spice to the tournament is the new league rule allowing teams to tap the services of two retired pro and amateur players to reinforce their rosters.
Among the prominent ex-pros expected to suit up include former PBA Most Valuable Player Kenneth Duremdes, Poch Juinio, Kiko Adriano, and Zaldy Realubit.
Under the new league format, the 10 teams will be divided into two brackets in the round-robin eliminations.
Age limit of 32-years-old-and-above will also be implemented to give aspiring players who are already past their prime a chance to live their dreams as hardcourt stars.
The new rule also aims to level the playing field.
Finally, the tournament has incorporated in its calendar a first ever UNTV All-Star game.
The UNTV Cup will hold its opening ceremonies on Tuesday (Feb. 11) at 7 p.m. at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
Season 2 of the league will have a regular weekly game every Sunday at 2:30 p.m. onwards at the Ynares Center.
A live telecast will be aired by UNTV with simulcast live streaming at untvweb.com.