THE newly created PBA Players Affairs Office serves as the primary venue where members of the league especially the players can air their concern outside of basketball.
Commissioner Chito Narvasa said the department will be in-charge of arbitrating disputes between players and teams such as the recent contract saga concerning wingman Alex Nuyles and Mahindra.
Both parties came to an agreement last week when team management honored the contract extension Nuyles signed with the Enforcers after the former Adamson player initially thought Mahindra was reneging on the deal that would have him suiting up for the franchise in the coming 41st season of the league.
“We want to have a procedure here, to have a process. I told all of the teams during the time when we visited them (in the preseason) about the need to have a Players Affairs Office,” said Narvasa.
“Para any problems of the players, punta ka run. Ganito na ang susundan nila. So may procedure na, may process, at may time element.”
Nuyles – along with Mike Burtscher, another Mahindra player who also came to terms with management regarding his contract - were not around when Narvasa came over at the camp of the Enforcers.
The commissioner said his executive assistant Pita Dobles will head the office for the meantime.
At the same time, he said players’ concerns should also be backed up by pertaining documents and papers especially if it involves contract disputes.
“You have to write the office stating your problems with all the attachments, para isang usapan na lang,” said the commissioner.
Narvasa bared he wanted the department to be subjudice in nature in order to avoid very public arguments on cases as sensitive as the one that involved Nuyles.
“Kaya gusto ko may protocol para you can’t talk about it,” said the former coach turned league executive. “Ang sa akin, hintayin ninyo na lang na magkaroon ng resolution. Once there’s a resolution, dun mo birahin, whether you feel aggrieved or what.”
That’s why he cautioned players from going immediately to the media to air their side.
“Kaya nga meron na tayong ganito ngayon. Parang korte, everybody will keep quiet until there is a decision made,” Narvasa added.